Nubia

Nubia is the name of an ancient African kingdom, one of the earliest to exist in Africa, as well as the name of a modern day region split between Egypt and Sudan. The origin of the name is uncertain; it could be derived from Egyptian nbw meaning “gold”, likely because it had rich deposits of gold. Origin:…

Nanette

Nanette originated as a French diminutive of Anne, the French feminine form of Anna, which comes from Hebrew meaning “favor” or “grace”. Nicknames: Nan, Nanny/Nannie Origin: Hebrew Variants: Nannette (English) Nanetta (English, Hungarian) Nannetta (English)  

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,…

Nona

Nona is the name of a Roman goddess of pregnancy in Roman mythology, as well as the name of one of the Parcae (the female personifications of destiny), along with Morta and Decima. The Parcae are the Roman equivalent of the Moirai in Greek myth, and Nona is the equivalent of Clotho, who spun the thread of life….

Nox

Nox is the Roman goddess of the night in Roman mythology, the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Nyx. Nox means “night” in Latin derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Noctis (Latin)  

Nanaho

Nanaho is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: nana 七 “seven” + ho 帆 “sail” (七帆); na 菜 “vegetable; side dish; green” + na 々 (repetition of a kanji) + ho 帆 “sail” (菜々帆); nana 七 “seven” + ho 保 “protect; guarantee; keep; preserve; sustain; support” (七保); na 南 “south” + na 々 (reputation of a kanji) + ho 朋 “friend; companion” (南々朋); na 菜 “vegetable; side dish; green” + na 奈 “Nara; what?” + ho 葉 “leaf; needle; blade” (菜奈葉). There…

Nemesis

Nemesis is the personification of vengeance and divine retribution in Greek mythology and from which the English word nemesis comes from, where it can mean an avenger bringing about someone’s downfall or destruction, or is something or someone that cannot be overcome. The name means “distribution (of what is due); righteous anger, just indignation” derived from PIE…

Nanaya

Nanaya is the name of a Sumerian goddess worshipped by both the Sumerians and Akkadians, being the goddess of sex and war. She is closely associated with the goddesses Inanna and Ishtar, all of whom share similar functions. Nanaya could possibly be related to Inanna meaning “lady of the heavens” though that’s not certain. Another source (Llewellyn’s Complete Book of…

Norma

Norma is a female given name which seems to have first been used by Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini for his opera Norma (1831). He may have possibly based it from Latin norma meaning “rule; standard, pattern; a carpenter’s square”, though it could also be used as a feminine form of Norman which comes from an English surname, a byname originally given to those…

Noor

Noor is an Arabic unisex name meaning “light” and is also an Arabic surname originating from the given name. Noor is also a Dutch variant of Nór/Nórr which comes from Old Norse norðr meaning “north”; in Norse mythology it was the name of the son of King Þorri (Thorri in English) and the founder of Norway. Noor is also a…