Brio

Brio is the name of a musical term, con brio (with vigor),  brio meaning “vigor, vivacity, liveliness”. The word comes from Spanish brío (vigor, mettle, zeal, verve) via Old Occitan briu (wild, vigor) from Proto-Celtic *brigos (might, power, strength) derived from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that brio originated as a shortened form of ebrius, a Latin word meaning “drunk, intoxicated”. Origin:…

Kari

Kari (pr. kah-ree or care-ee) is a Norwegian female name, a diminutive of Katarina, the Scandinavian form of Katherine which is the English form of Greek Aikaterine though the etymology behind the name is not certain. It could be derived from another Greek name, Hekaterine from hekateros meaning “each of the two” or from Hecate, the name of the Greek goddess of witchcraft, the underworld, and crossroads. Though…

Tamika

Tamika is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: ta 多 “many, much” + mi “reality; truth” + ka 果 “fruit” (多実果); ta 多 “many, much” + mi 美 “beauty; beautiful” + ka 佳 “beautiful, good; excellent” (多美佳); tami 民 “people; nation” + ka 夏 “summer” (民夏); tami 民 “people; nation” + ka 果 “fruit” (民果); tami 民 “people; nation” + ka 歌 “song, sing” (民歌) There…

Luther

Luther is a male name which comes from a surname of two possible origins and etymologies: as a German surname, it derives from Germanic given name Leuthar, made up of Germanic elements liut (people) and heri, hari (army), essentially meaning “people’s army” or “army people”; as an English surname it comes from Middle English luthier “lute maker” via French  luthier via luth (lute)…

Haruka

Haruka is a Japanese unisex name, though more common or girls than boys, with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: haruka 遙 “far off, distant” (can be used as a unisex name) haru 春 “spring (season)” + ka 歌 “song; sing” (春歌); haru 春 “spring” + ka 花 “flower” (春花); haru 晴 “clear up” + ka 香 “incense, smell, fragrance” (晴香); haruka 悠 “permanence” (can…

Makoto

Makoto is a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: makoto 誠 “sincerity”; makoto 真 “true; reality”; makoto 眞 “truth”; ma 愛 “love, affection” + koto 琴 “harp, koto” (愛琴) *used as a feminine name ma; makoto 真 “true; reality” + koto 琴 “harp, koto” (真琴); There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s まこと….

Naya

Naya is a very multicultural name with various meanings. The most common one I keep seeing is that it is a variant of Nia which could be from Swahili meaning “purpose”, “will”, or “resolve”, though it may also be a Welsh form of Irish Niamh meaning “bright”; Naya is also an Arabic female name deriving from Persian nay/ney,…

Musetta

Musetta seems to be the Latinate form of French Musette, which is the name of a small kind of bagpipe, a diminutive of muse via Old French muser (to ponder; to think about), of uncertain origin though possibly deriving from Medieval Latin museum (muzzle, snout) from a PIE root word. Musette also refers to a small bag or knapsack with…

Mira

Mira is an Indian female name (also spelled Meera). I’ve seen several source list it as meaning “sea, ocean” but I’ve also seen it listed as meaning “prosperous, wealthy, highborn” or “limit, boundary”. Mirabai (or Meera Bai) was a 15th century Hindu princess and poetess who was devoted to the Hindu god Krishna; bai seems to be a feminine…

Arya, Aria

Arya is an Iranian male name as well as an Indian unisex name meaning “noble” from Sanskrit arya derived from a Proto-Indo-Iranian root word. While Aria is a variant transcription of the name, it’s also an Italian word referring to a musical piece written for a solo voice. It means “song, melody; air” which comes from Latin…