Makana

Makana is a Hawaiian unisex name meaning “gift”. It’s also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used such as:

  • “ten thousand; myriad + grant, answer” (万叶)
  • “truth, reality; Buddhist sect + grant, answer” (眞叶)
  • “truth, reality; Buddhist sect + love; affection, favorite” (真愛)
  • “dance; flit; circle; wheel + play music; speak to a ruler; complete” (舞奏)
  • “truth, reality; Buddhist sect + play music; speak to a ruler; complete” (真奏)
  • “hemp; flax + love; affection; favorite” (麻愛)
  • “ten thousand + play music; speak to a ruler; complete” (万奏)

Written in hiragana it’s まかな (Makana).

Origin: Hawaiian, Japanese

 

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Linus

Linus is the name of 2 sons of the Greek god Apollo in Greek mythology by different mothers. One of them, whom he fathered with one of the Muses, was a great musician who invented the melody and rhythm. His name comes Greek linos meaning “flax”.

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Linos (Ancient Greek, Greek)
  • Lino (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician)
  • Linas (Lithuanian)

 

Gita

Gita is an Indian female name meaning “song” from Sanskrit gītā (song). The Bhagavad Gita (the divine song) is a Hindu epic poem in which the god Krishna and the prince Arjuna have a philosophical dialogue about the righteousness of battle against friends and family (Arjuna is about to battle his own cousin). 

Origin: Sanskrit

Variants:

  • Geet (Hindi, Urdu)

 

Gale

Gale refers to a very strong wind derived from gaile meaning “wind” of uncertain origin though perhaps related to Old Norse gol (breeze) or Old Danish gal meaning “bad, furious” in reference to the wind, derived from Old Norse gala meaning “to shout, charm away” or from Old English galan meaning “to sing, enchant, call” which ultimately derives form Proto-Indo-European gʰel- (to call, chant, shout). Gale is also a surname derived from Old English gal meaning “jovial, merry”, originally a nickname for a cheerful person. Another possible source is it comes from Norman French gaoile meaning “jail”, an occupational name for a jailer or perhaps someone who lived near a jail.

It’s also a nickname for Abigale or a variant spelling of Gail, both of which come from Hebrew meaning “my father is joy”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Old English, Norman French, Hebrew

Variants:

  • Gail
  • Gayle

 

Jerrin

Jerrin seems to be an invented name, either a creative spin on Jeremiah, a Hebrew male name meaning “Yahweh has uplifted” or “Yahweh will raise”, or it could be a combination of names Jeremiah and Darren (either an anglicized form of Irish Dara meaning “oak tree” or a variant of Darrell, from French surname D’Airelle meaning “of Airelle”), or Jared (from Hebrew meaning “descent”) and Darren. It’s just as likely that Jerrin is a variant spelling of Jaron, either a variant transcription of Yaron, Hebrew male name meaning “to sing, to shout”, or which also happens to be another spelling of Jerrin.

Origin: English, Hebrew, Irish, French

Variants:

  • Jerin (English)
  • Jerron (English)
  • Jeron (English)
  • Jerren (English)
  • Jerryn (English)
  • Jaron (Hebrew, English)

Piper

Piper comes from an English surname meaning “pipe player”, from Old English pipere referring to someone who played the pipes. The name is derived from Latin piper meaning “pepper” via Greek piperi  from Sanskrit pippali (long pepper).

Origin: Sanskrit, Indo-Aryan

Variants:

  • Pyper

 

Rona

Rona is the feminine form of Hebrew male name Ron meaning “song, joy”, as well as being the name of two islands in Scotland. Known as North Rona and South Rona, the name comes from Old Norse meaning “rough island”. It’s also a surname although I couldn’t find a specific meaning behind it, or if it’s derived from the island of Rona.

Rona is also the name of a figure in Maori mythology. She had gone to the river to get some water one night when the moon was hidden behind some clouds. When she was returning home, Rona stepped on a root in the ground and was so upset she began to curse at the moon. The moon heard her and, angered, grabbed her. Rona grabbed onto a tree but was dragged away into the sky. There seems to be another version of the myth in which Rona is a male who is looking around for his wife although I’m not quite sure of it. I couldn’t find a meaning behind the name in Maori.

Origin: Hebrew, Old Norse

Variants:

  • Rhona
  • Rònaigh (Scots Gaelic)

 

Male forms:

  • Ron (Hebrew)

 

Viola

Viola comes from Latin viola meaning “violet” referring to the flowers. It’s also the name of a musical instrument related to the violin.

Viola is the name of the protaganist of Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night (1601-02), the twin sister of Sebastian, who dresses up as a man and becomes entangled in a somewhat humorous love triangle that all works out in the end.

Viola is also an Italian surname from the same source.

The name is pronounced vye-o-lah or vee-o-lah.

Origin: Latin

Variants:

  • Violet (English)
  • Violette (French)
  • Violetta (Italian, Russian)
  • Violeta (Bulgarian, Romanian, Spanish, Macedonian, Serbian, Lithuanian)
  • Wioletta (Polish)
  • Wioleta (Polish)
  • Wiola (Polish)