Iona

Iona is a female given name, derived from the name of an island located off Scotland. The origin of the name is uncertain though it could be derived from Old Norse ey meaning “island” though it could also be related to a Proto-Celtic source meaning “yew”. It’s just as possible that Iona may be a variant form…

Kiran

Kiran is an Indian unisex name meaning “dust”, “thread”, or “ray of light” from Sanskrit kirana (ray of light, beam). It could also be a variant spelling of Kieran, the anglicized form of Irish Ciarán, meaning “black, dark” from Irish Ciar with the diminutive suffix -an, so the name essentially means “little dark one”, likely in reference to someone who had dark hair….

Mio

Mio is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “beauty; beautiful + cherry blossom” (美桜); “beauty; beautiful + cord, thread” (美緒); “beauty; beautiful + center, middle” (美央); “waterway; channel” (澪); Written in hiragana it’s みお.  Mio is also a male name used by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for her…

Penelope

Penelope is a Greek female name of uncertain etymology but which could be derived from Greek penelops, referring to a type of duck. Penelope could be also be derived from Greek pene (threads, weft) and ops (face, eye). This meaning seems more fitting for the character in Greek mythology: Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, who was apparently faithful to him for the twenty years…

Penny

Origin: Greek, Germanic Meaning: Penny is usually used as a nickname for Penelope, a Greek feminine name of uncertain etymology but which could be derived from Greek penelops, referring to a type of duck. Penelope could be also be derived from Greek pene (threads, weft) and ops (face, eye). This meaning seems more fitting for the character in Greek mythology: Penelope, the…