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…

Rami

Rami is an Arabic male name and surname meaning “archer, thrower” which comes from Arabic ramy رَمْي (throwing, flinging shooting); or it could be derived from ram (رام) meaning “to aspire,  to wish, to aim at, to dream, to be ambitious”. However, ram (رام) is also a Persian word meaning “tame, meek, docile”. Rami is also from Hebrew Ram (רָם)…

Ronya

Ronya is a female given name, a variant spelling of Ronja, a Swedish female name which was first created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for her children’s book Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter (1981) (Ronja rövardotter in Swedish). Lindgren was apparently inspired by the name from Juronjaure, the name of a lake in north Sweden which gets it name from a…

Mahala

Mahala is an English female name. It could be derived from Hebrew Mahalah, a male Hebrew name which is a variant of Mahlah, a unisex name of uncertain meaning though possibly meaning “weak, sick” or “disease” from Hebrew challah חָלָה (to become sick, to be ill). It could also be a variant of Mahalath, a Hebrew female name meaning “lyre” or…

Jubal

Jubal is a Hebrew male name meaning “stream” though it could also be related to a word meaning “ram” or “ram’s horn trumpet”. In the Old Testament, Jubal was a descendant of Cain and the first person to be a musician. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Yuval (Hebrew) Ioubal (Biblical Greek)   Female forms: Yuval (Hebrew)  

Lyriel

Lyriel is a modern English name, an elaborated form of Lyre or Lyric, which refers to a type of poetry that expresses subjective thoughts and feelings in a songlike style or form. It comes from Ancient Greek lyrikos via lúra meaning “lyre” which seems to be derived from a pre-Greek origin of uncertain origin. It can even be stretched out to mean…