Kato

Kato is an African male name meaning “second of twins” in Luganda, as well as also being a Japanese surname (also spelled Katō or Katou) meaning “increase wisteria” (加藤) though it could have other meanings if other kanji are used. It’s pronounced ka-toe in Japanese. Kato could also be a variant spelling of Cato, an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning “wise” in Latin. Cato is also a Dutch diminutive of Catharina, the Dutch and Swedish form of Katherine. Katherine comes from Greek name 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, from hekas possibly meaning “far off” though another theory states it comes from a Greek word meaning “will”. It might also be derived from Greek aikia “torture”. Katherine could also be from a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”. The spelling of the name was later changed to be associated with Greek katharos “pure”.

Origin: East African (Luganda), Japanese, Latin, Greek, Coptic

Variants:

  • Kató (Icelandic, Hungarian)
  • Cato (Ancient Roman, Dutch, English)

 

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Kaitlin

Kaitlin is a variant spelling of Caitlin, itself the Anglicized form of Caitlín the Irish form of Katherine which comes from 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, from hekas possibly meaning “far off” though another theory states it comes from a Greek word meaning “will”. It might also be derived from Greek aikia “torture”. Katherine could also be from a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”. The spelling of the name was later changed to be associated with Greek katharos “pure”.

Origin: Greek, Coptic

Variants:

  • Caitlin (Irish, English)
  • Caitlín (Irish)
  • Kaitlyn (English)
  • Caitlyn (English)
  • Katelyn (English)
  • Catelyn (English)
  • Kaitlynn (English)
  • Caitlynn (English)
  • Catelynn (English)
  • Kaitlynne (English)
  • Caitlynne (English)
  • Catelynne (English)

 

Kenji

Kenji is a Japanese male name made up of Japanese elements ken with various meanings of (study, sharpen), (case, matter, example), (strong, healthy); (to stretch, lengthen, extend); (connect, combine, concurrent); (ticket, certificate); (sword); (firm, steady, hard, strict, solid); (to declare, to announce, to proclaim); (build, establish, construct); (constitution, law); (first); (wise, clever, intelligent); and ji with various meanings of (two); (second, next, in order); (govern, regulate, administer); (road, path); (of, one of); (benevolence); (history, record); (child, young); (to take charge, rule); 爾 (you, that way, like this); and likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Ken can also be used as a given name on its own.

Origin: Japanese

Variants:

  • Ken

Nina

Nina is the name of a Sumerian fertility goddess who was also identified with Ishtar and Inanna. Her name in cuneiform is written with a fish inside of a house and means “water lady” or “lady of the water” from Sumerian nin (lady) and (water). The city of Ninevah was named after her. Nina is also the Russian form of Nino, a Georgian feminine name of Ninos/Ninus, of uncertain meaning but possibly related to the Sumerian goddess Nina.

Nina is also a shortened form of names such as Antonina (an Italian feminine form of Anthony of uncertain meaning) and Giannina (an Italian diminutive of Giovanna ultimately deriving from John meaning “Yahweh is gracious”), as well as being a Spanish word meaning “girl” and a Quechua and Aymara word meaning “fire” (Quechua and Aymara is a language used in South America by the indigenous people).

I’ve also seen it as also deriving from Old Slavic word ninati meaning “dreamer” or “dream”.

Nina is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. From the first element ni it could mean 仁 “benevolent, humane, noble”, “two” 二, “rainbow” 虹, “cinnabar” 丹, “to resemble, imitate, counterfeit” 似, “hope, request, beg” 希, “hue, color, variegated” 彩, “new” 新, “to laugh, smile” 笑; while the second element na has the possible meanings of 菜 “vegetables, greens”, 那 “what”, 名 “name”, 奈 “apple tree”, 和 “harmony”, 愛 “love, affection”. *I’m not a native Japanese speaker but I tried the best I could to be as accurate as possible to the best of my ability, though there may be some mistakes*

Origin: Sumerian, Hebrew, Old Slavic, Quechua, Aymara, Japanese

Variants:

  • Nena (English)
  • Nino (Georgian, Ancient Near Eastern)

 

 

Arina

Arina is a Russian variant of Irina, a cognate of Irene meaning “peace”. Irene (also spelled Eirene) is the goddess of peace in Greek mythology. I’ve also seen it listed as being a feminine form of Arni, an Old Norse name meaning “eagle”.

According to Wikipedia, Arina is also a Kurdish feminine name meaning “flower plain” although I can’t attest to the accuracy of that. If anyone knows more about it, please let me know.

Arina is also a Japanese feminine name with different meanings depending on the kanji used. The meanings are listed below at the end, although it’s possible there are other meanings besides the ones I’ve found. I’ve come across this site that shows all the possible kanji that can be used in a name. I don’t have the time, nor the effort, to look up every kanji for the meaning so I’ve listed the ones I’ve already come across. If anyone is interested in the other possible meanings on the site you’ll have to look it up yourself.

Origin: Greek, Old Norse, Japanese

 

Variants:

  • Irina (Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Romanian, Finnish, Georgian)
  • Irene (English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Ancient Greek)
  • Eirene (Ancient Greek)

 

*na (奈) is a phonetic character meaning it has no special meaning*

Arina 亜莉奈 (Japanese kanji) “second, Asia+jasmine”

Arina 亜利奈 (Japanese kanji) “second, Asia+advantegous/profit”

Arina 亜梨奈 (Japanese kanji) “second, Asia+pear”

Arina 亜莉菜 (Japanese kanji) “second, Asia+jasmine+vegetables, greens”

Arina 亜利菜 (Japanese kanji) “second, Asia+advantegous/profit+vegetables, greens”

Arina 亜梨菜 (Japanese kanj) “second, Asia+pear+vegetables, greens”

 

*I’ve tried very hard to be as accurate as possible but I’m not a native Japanese speaker nor am I in any way fluent in the language, so there might be some mistakes.

Cato

Cato is an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning “wise” in Latin. Cato is also a Dutch diminutive of Catharina, the Dutch and Swedish form of Katherine. Katherine comes from Greek name 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, from hekas possibly meaning “far off” though another theory states it comes from a Greek word meaning “will”. It might also be derived from Greek aikia “torture”. Katherine could also be from a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”. The spelling of the name was later changed to be associated with Greek katharos “pure”.

Origin: Latin, Greek, Coptic