Yuma

Yuma is a Japanese unisex name (though far more popular for boys) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: yu 遊 “play” + ma 真 “true; reality; Buddhist sect” (遊真); yu 裕 “abundant; rich; fertile” + ma 馬 “horse” (裕馬); yu 優 “tenderness; excel; surpass; tenderness, gentleness” + ma 馬 “horse” (優馬); yu 雄 “male, masculine; hero; leader; superiority; excellence” + ma 磨 “polish; grind; brush (teeth)” (雄磨); yu 悠 “permanence; distant; long time;…

Wanda

Wanda is a female given name of uncertain origin. It could have derived from Wend, the name of a Germanic tribe.  Though the etymology of the name is uncertain, it has been linked to Germanic *wandern meaning “to wander” deriving from Proto-Germanic *windaną meaning “to wind, to wrap” from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (to wind, to turn). I’ve also seen it linked to Proto-Celtic…

Kalina

Kalina is a Slavic female name meaning “viburnum tree” or “guelder rose”. Kalina is also a Czech, Polish, and German surname originating from the given name or as a locational name from someone who came from any of several places called Kalina in Poland. Kalina is also a Finnish word meaning “clatter, clang, rattle”. Origin:…

Emilia

Emilia is a female given name, a variant of Aemilia, the feminine form of Aemilius, an Ancient Roman name. Though the origin of the name is uncertain, it has often been associated with Latin aemulus meaning “rival; rivaling, striving” via Proto-Italic *aimos (imitation) derived from a PIE root word. Nicknames: Em, Emmy/Emmie, Lia, Mia Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aemilia (Ancient Roman)…

Ela

Ela is a female given name with several possible etymologies: Ela is a Turkish female name which comes from the word meaning “hazel” as in the color; Ela is also a Polish diminutive of Elżbieta, the Polish form of Elizabeth which comes from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”; it’s also possible that…

Adrian

Adrian comes from Latin Hadrian derived from Roman cognomen Hadrianus meaning “from Hadria” or “from Adria”, Adria being another form of the name. It referred to someone who came from the town of Hadria/Adria situated in Northern Italy. The Adriatic sea received its name from the town. Though the origin behind the name is uncertain, it could be from…

Joanna

Joanna is the English and Polish feminine form of John which is the English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of Greek Ioannes from Hebrew Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Origin: Hebrew   Variants: Johanna (German, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Hungarian, Finnish, Estonian, English, Late Roman) Johanne (French, Danish, Norwegian) Joan (English) Joana (Portuguese, Catalan) Joanne (French, English)   Male forms: John…

Sebastian

Sebastian comes from Latin Sebastianus meaning “from Sebaste”, Sebaste being a city in Asia Minor (in what is now modern day Turkey). The name is derived from Ancient Greek sebastos meaning “venerable, august, exalted” (a Greek translation of Latin Augustus) via Ancient Greek sebázomai (to feel awe, revere) and the adjectival suffix -tos, meaning “worthy of being revered”. Sebastian is also a surname…

Augusta

Augusta is the feminine form of Augustus, which was originally used as a name and title for the first Roman Emperor, Gaius Octavius, and which eventually passed on as a title to other Roman emperors. It means “majestic, venerable, great” from Latin augere (to increase, augment) which derives from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Auguste (German) Avgusta…