Origin: Greek

Μεγαιρα (Megaira)

Meaning: a Latinized form of Greek Megaira which is derived from megairo meaning “to grudge” or meaning “the jealous one”.

In Greek mythology, Megaera is one of the Furies (Tisiphone and Alecto are the other two), who avenge crimes against the natural order such as murder, unfilial conduct, crimes against the gods and especially a crime against a parent by a child (Orestes anyone?).

Megaera has also become a word in several European languages denoting a woman who is shrewish and ill-tempered.

Megara (a name from Disney’s Hercules) is either a variant of Megaera or, more likely, is derived from an ancient Greek city derived from megaron from Greek megas meaning “large, great, marvelous” refering to a large hall. In Greek mythology, Megara was a princess, the daughter of the king of Thebes, who was given to Hercules/Heracles after he’d saved Thebes from the Minyans. Megara gave birth to a son and a daughter, who were both killed by Hercules after Hera cursed him with a temporary madness and leading to him to perform the 12 Labors in atonement. Some sources say Megara was also killed, others that she was given to his nephew Iolaus after he left Thebes, who later gave him a daughter Leipephilene.

According to, Megaera is pronounced muh-jeer-uh although I’ve always pronounced it how it looks: meg-aer-uh


Origin: English, Greek, Dutch

Meaning: a medieval form of Helen, probably derived from Greek ‘ελενη (helene) meaning “torch” or “corposant” or possibly related to Greek σεληνη (selene) meaning “moon”.

Ellen is also a short form of Dutch Eleonora, a cognate of Eleanor meaning “the other Aenor”.

Variants: Helen, Helene, Helena, Hellen, Elena, Eleni, Elene


Origin: English, Greek

Meaning: a name used by William Shakespeare for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595) based on the Greek god Hermes, whose name is probably derived from Greek herma meaning “cairn, pile of stones, boundary marker”. In Greek mythology, Hermes was a Greek god associated with commerce, wrestling and thievery as well as transitions and boundaries.

Variants: Hermione, Hermes (m)


Origin: Latin

Meaning: from Latin Peregrinus meaning “traveler, stranger” or “pilgrim”, the latter referring to those who went on pilgramages.

Peregrina is the strictly feminine form of the name.

Peregrine is also the name of the Peregrine falcon.

Variants: Peregrinus, Pellegrino (Italian), Peregrin, Peregrina (f)


Origin: Irish

Meaning: an Anglicized form of Lasairfhiona, composed of elements lasair meaning “flame” and fion meaning “wine”, essentially meaning “flame of wine”.

Lassarina is another name for the Irish goddess Lasair (whose name means flame). Part of a goddess triad (her sisters being Inghean Bhuidhe and Latiaran) who presided over the growing, ripening and harvesting of the crops. Lasair is the goddess of spring budding, Inghean Bhuidhe representing the growing and ripening of the crops, and the youngest Latiaran representing the harvesting of the crop. Lasair is described as having long black hair, wears a silver crown with silver jewelry and armbands, and lived in a red castle with an orchard. The god Flann brought her the Rose of Sweetness which never withers, the Comb of Magnificence, and the Girdle of Truth.

Variants: Lassarina, Lasairfhiona


Origin: Ancient Roman

Meaning: a Roman praenomen possibly related to Latin titulus meaning “title of honor” or titio “fire-brand”, though it’s more likely of pre-Roman origin since it belonged to a Sabine king, Titus Tatius, who co-ruled with Romulus for some years.

Variants: Tita and Titia are feminine forms of the name.


Origin: Sumerian

Meaning: It could possibly be related to Inanna, which might be derived from Sumerian (n)-in-an-na  which could hold the meaning “lady of the heavens” though that’s not certain.

Another source (Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names by K.M. Sheard) lists it as a reduplication of na “human being” and “incense” + “water”.

Nanaya is a Sumerian goddess worshipped by both the Sumerians and Akkadians, being the goddess of sex and war. She is closely associated with the goddesses Inanna and Ishtar, all of whom share similar functions. According to Wikipedia, Nanaya later became synchronized with the Babylonian goddess Tashmetum.

Variants: Nanâ, Nanãy, Nanaja, Nanãja, or Nanãya, Nanaia


Origin: Japanese

海斗 (Kaito)

海翔 (Kaito)

Meaning: from Japanese kai 海 meaning “sea, ocean” combined with either to 斗 referring to the constellation of the Big Dipper, or to 翔 meaning “to soar, fly”. There are probably more meanings with different kanji but these were the most common meanings I could find.

Kaito (怪 盗) is also a word meaning phanton thief or gentleman thief. It seems to be the same pronounciation as the name but with different kanji.