Geneva

Geneva is the name of a city in Switzerland as well as the name of several places in the U.S. The origin of the name is uncertain though it may be derived from Celtic genu meaning “bend, knee” or “mouth” referring to an estuary or a bending river, derived from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that…

Leto

Leto is the name of the mother of the twins Apollo and Artemis in Greek mythology by Zeus. When Hera found out that she was pregnant, she constantly pursued her from land to land, preventing her from giving birth. Leto eventually found refuge on the floating island of Delos and gave birth, first to Artemis (who apparently assisted her mother…

Latona

Latona is the Latin version of Greek Leto in Roman mythology, the mother of Apollo and Diana. The origin of the name is uncertain. It has been linked to Lycian lada meaning “wife”, “mother”, or “woman, lady”, which would put it in the same etymological link as Leda, though it’s also been associated with Ancient Greek letho meaning “to forget; the hidden…

Quenilda

Quenilda comes from a medieval English name, a medieval form of Cwénhild meaning “wife battle”, made up from Old English cwen (woman, wife, queen) and hild (battle, war). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Cwénhild (Anglo-Saxon) Quenild (Old English) Cwenhilde (Old English) Quenylda (Old English) Quenilla (Old English) Quenilla (Old English) Quenella (Old English)  

Genevieve

Genevieve is the English form of Geneviève, a French female name which derived from Genovefa, a medieval name of uncertain origin. The first part of the name has been linked to Germanic kuni (kin, family) from Proto-Germanic *kunją (kin, family, clan) derived from PIE *ǵenh₁- (to produce, to beget, to give birth), though it’s also possible that first part of the name derives…

Raya

Raya is a female given name with a variety of origins and meanings such as: it’s used as a short form of Rayna, either a Bulgarian form of Regina meaning “queen” or the feminine form of Rayno derived from Slavic rad meaning “happy, willing”; Raya is also used as a Russian nickname for Raisa, a Russian name of unknown meaning though it may have been…

Leda

Leda is the queen of Sparta in Greek mythology, the wife of Tyndareus, king of Sparta, who was seduced by the god Zeus in the form of a swan, on the same night she lay with her husband, though versions differ on whether she gave birth to one egg or two. It’s not clear which of…

Hikaru

Hikaru is a Japanese unisex name meaning “light” with the kanji 光 or “brightness” with the kanji 輝. Because it’s a unisex name, some kanji characters are used specifically for females while others are used for males only. Some kanji characters used for females are: 光佳留 “light + beautiful, good, excellent + to stay, to…

Neva

Neva is a female with a variety of meanings and origins such as: is a short form of Geneva, which itself could be a short form of Genevieve derived from a medieval name, Genovefa, which is of uncertain origin though it could be derived from Germanic elements kuni (kin, family) and wefa (wife, woman). It might also be derived…