Liyana

Liyana is an Arabic female name meaning “soft, tender, gentle, delicate” from Arabic root word l-y-n (to become soft, tender). It’s also a Zulu female name derived from a word meaning “it is raining/it’s raining”. I’ve also seen it listed as a Chinese female name meaning “beautiful + elegant, graceful, refined + graceful, elegant” with the Chinese…

Riva

Riva is a diminutive of Rivka, the Hebrew form of Rebecca which has been linked to Hebrew r-b-q meaning “to tie, to join, snare”, and has even been linked to an ensnaring or captivating beauty. Riva is also a surname (Italian, French, Spanish, Catalan) derived from Latin riva meaning “bank, shore” from rīvus (brook, stream) deriving from a Proto-Indo-European root word;…

Rukiya

Rukiya is an interesting name with two sources: the first is that it’s a variant spelling of Ruqayya, an Arabic female name which means “rise, ascent” or “spell, charm, incantation”. Rukiya is also a Japanese male name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “detain; fasten + hope; beg, request; rare; Greece +…

Mayura

Mayura comes from Sanskrit mayūra (मयूर) meaning “peacock”, an Indian male name. In Hindu mythology, the peacock is a sacred bird believed to have been created from the feathers of the Garuda, also a legendary bird in HIndu myth. Mayura is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used: “cocoon +…

Rebecca

Rebecca is a variant spelling of Rebekah which comes from Hebrew Rivka which has been linked to Hebrew r-b-q meaning “to tie, to join, snare”, and has even been linked to an ensnaring or captivating beauty. Nicknames: Becky, Becca/Beka, Bex, Beck, Reba Origin: Hebrew Variants: Rebekah (English) Rebekka (German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese, Finnish, Biblical Greek) Rebeccah (English) Rebeckah…

Yui

Yui (pr. yoo-ee)  is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. It could mean 唯 “only, sole, alone”; 由 “cause, reason; 維 “to tie, fasten up, to link, connect”;結 “to tie, fasten, to end, conclude, finish”; 唯衣 “only, sole, alone + clothing”; 由衣 “cause, reason + clothing”; 結衣 “to tie, fasten, to end, conclude, finish + clothing”; as well…