Naya

Naya is a very multicultural name with various meanings. The most common one I keep seeing is that it is a variant of Nia which could be from Swahili meaning “purpose”, “will”, or “resolve”, though it may also be a Welsh form of Irish Niamh meaning “bright”; Naya is also an Arabic female name deriving from Persian nay/ney,…

Kira

Kira is the Russian feminine form of Cyrus, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Kyros, the Greek form of Persian Kurush of unknown meaning and origin. Several possible meanings have been attributed to it, however, such as “far-sighted”, “young”, “sun”, “hero”, “one who bestows care”, and “humiliator of the enemy in verbal contest” from Elamite, an extinct language that was once…

Elam

Elam is a Hebrew male name either meaning “hidden” or “eternity, forever”; Elam also means “young (unmarried) man”. Elam is also the name of an ancient civilization in what is now southwest Iran. The name itself comes from the Sumerian transliteration of elama or from Elamite haltamti which I’ve seen meaning “lord country”, or perhaps from…

Jung

Jung is a variant transcription of Jeong, a Korean unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the hangul used: 정 (靜) jeong “quiet; still; gentle”; 정 (貞) jeong “virtuous, chaste; loyal” 정 (正) jeong “straight; upright; proper; 정 (晶) jeong “crystal; clear; bright”; 정 (廷) jeong “court; 정 (婷) jeong “pretty, graceful” There are other…

Paige

Paige comes from an English surname, a variant spelling of Page meaning “servant, page” via Old French page possibly via Italian paggio (page; pageboy) from Latin pagius (servant) which derives from Ancient Greek paidíon (little child, young child) made up from paîs (child) with the diminutive suffix -ion. Though Paige is overwhelmingly used as a female name, it has occasionally been used…

Virginia

Virginia is the feminine form of Verginius or Virginius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain etymology. It’s long been associated with Latin virgo meaning “maid, virgin” though it’s also possible that it’s related to Vergilius/Virgilius (from which the name Virgil comes from), also of uncertain etymology though associated with Latin virga meaning “young shoot” or “twig, rod; wand”. It seems more likely, however,…

Kyra

Kyra is a female given name with several possible meanings depending on where it derives from. It could be a variant spelling of Kira, which is a variant spelling of Irish Ciara, the feminine form of Ciar meaning “black, dark” derived from a PIE root word; Kira is also the Russian feminine form of Cyrus, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Kyros,…

Elaya

Elaya is a name with a murky etymology behind it. At first glance it seems to be made up, a modern American name containing two popular sounds and that could be the case. It could also be a variant spelling of Alaya, an Indian word meaning “storehouse, dwelling, abode”; there’s a Buddhist term, ālāyavijñāna, which means “storehouse consciousness”…

Viridian

Viridian is the name of a bluish-green pigment and color though more green than blue. The name comes from Latin viridis meaning “green; young, fresh, lively, blooming” with the –ian suffix, deriving from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European