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…

Rodion

Rodion is a Russian male name, the Russian form of Herodion, a diminutive of Greek Heroides (or Herod) which means “song of the hero” from Greek elements heros (hero, warrior) and oide (song, ode). Nicknames: Rodya (Russian) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Herod (Ancient Greek) Herodes (Ancient Greek) Herodion (Ancient Greek) Herodianus (Latin)   Female forms Herodias (Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek) Erodiade…

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…

Chantry

Chantry comes from an English surname via Old French chanterie which comes from French chanter meaning “to sing”. It comes from Latin cantare which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. It originated as an endowment of a priest to sing daily mass for the souls of specific people. It may also have originated as a nickname for the…

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…

Aoide

Aoide is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the muse of song. She and her sisters, Melete (practice) and Mneme (memory) were the daughters of Mnemosyne (the Titan goddess of memory) and Zeus, and were apparently the original three muses before the addition of the Nine Muses. Aoide means “song, ode” via aeídō (to sing, chant, praise) which may be derived from a PIE root word….

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…

Arion

Arion is Latinized form of Ancient Greek Areion, the name of an immortal talking horse in Greek mythology, the son of Poseidon and Demeter, as well as also belonging to the name of a Greek poet in Ancient Greece who was also a musician credited with inventing the dithyramb, an Ancient Greek hymn that was sung and danced to…

Shira

Shira is a Hebrew female name meaning “poetry” or “singing/song”. Shira is also a Jewish surname originating from the given name though it could also be an Americanized spelling of Shearer, an occupational name for someone who sheared sheep, or someone who used scissors to trim finished cloth or cut off any excessive fabric. The origin of…