Nebula

Origin: Latin Meaning: from Latin meaning “cloud”. Nebula is also used in astronomy to refer to an intersteller cloud of gas and dust.

Nesta

Origin: Welsh, Italian Meaning: a Welsh diminutive of Agnes meaning “chaste”. There was also a Nest (aka Nesta) in 11th century Wales, known as the Helen of Wales in her time since both had been abducted because of their beauty which started a war. Nesta is also an Italian surname, a reduced form of medieval…

Niles

Origin: English, Scandinavian Meaning: it’s the Scandinavian form of Irish Neil as well as an English surname derived from Neil as well, from Gaelic Niall, possibly meaning “champion” or “cloud”.

Nanaya

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” + a “water”. Nanaya is a Sumerian goddess…

Nash

Origin: English Meaning: a surname derived from a Middle English phrase atten ash or atte nash meaning “at the ash tree”. Nash is mentioned once in Book 7 (The Vile Village) in conjection with Ogden Nash, an American poet in the real world; the only other N name I could find was Nero, which I’ve already profiled.

Nancy

Origin: English Meaning: It was originally a diminutive of Annis (a medieval form of Agnes meaning “chaste”) or Anne, meaning “favor” or “grace” It’s also a place name in France Variants: Nancie, Nanci, Nancee

Nanaho

Origin: Japanese (七 帆 ) Meaning: seven sail from nana七 (seven) and ho 帆 (sail) though there are probably different meanings depending on the different kanji. This was the only definitive meaning I could find online

Norman

Origin: Germanic, English Meaning: originally from a Germanic name referring to Scandinavian settlers meaning “northman”

Nora

Origin: English, Italian, Irish Meaning: a diminutive/nickname form of names such as Eleanor/Eleanora/Leonora/Leanora ( meaning “the other Aenor”), or Honora (honor)

Natasha

Origin: Russian ( Наташа ) Meaning: a Russian diminutive of Natalya, meaning “Christmas day” from  Latin natale domini meaning “birth of the lord” and as natalis means “birth” the phrase refers to someone born on or near Christmas Variants: Tasha

Nemesis

Origin: Greek Meaning: to give what is due; distribution of what is due, righteous anger In Greek mythology, Nemes was the goddess of vengeance and divine retribution. It’s also where the English word nemesis comes from, where it can mean an avenger bringing about someone’s downfall or destruction, or is something or someone that cannot…

Nurasyl

Origin: Kazakh Meaning: noble light or honorable light

Naomi

Origin: Hebrew, English, Biblical, Japanese Meaning: pleasantness; honest, straight + beautiful or honest, straight + self  ( 直美 ) or ( 直己) Variants: Noemi, Noémie, Nomi In Japanese, Naomi is a diffrent name from the Biblical Naomi. It’s a unisex name which, depending on the kanji, means honest, straight + beautiful for females  ( 直美 ) or  honest,…

Neven

Origin: Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Serbian, Irish Meaning: marigold; saintly, holy, religious Neven is the masculine form of Nevena, which means marigold; it could also be a variant spelling of Irish Nevan, which means either holy, religious, or saintly;

Nero

Origin: Ancient Roman, Italian Meaning: from Roman cognomen meaning “strong, vigorous”; also a short form of Italian Raniero, which means “advice, army”

Neela

Origin: Indian, Irish Meaning: dark-blue; champion or cloud Neela is a variation of the Indian Nila, meaning “dark blue”; it could also be another spelling of Neila or Neala, itself a feminine form of the name Neil, meaning “champion” or “cloud”

Nona

Origin: Roman Meaning: nine As well as being one of the names of the 3 Fates in Roman mythology, it also comes from the praenomen Nonus, which means ninth. Variants: Nonna

Noah

Origin: Biblical, Hebrew נוֹחַ (Ancient Hebrew) Noach (male) נוֹעָה (Ancient Hebrew) No’ah (female) Meaning: a unisex name that means “rest” or “comfort” for men and “motion” for women. Noa is the strictly feminine form of the name.

Neve, Niamh

  Origin: Italian, Latin, Spanish, Irish Meaning: snow; bright/radiant Variants: Neva, Nieve, Niamh (Irish) Gender: female Neve means snow in both Italian, Spanish and Latin but it could also be an anglicization of the Irish Niamh, which means radiance, shine, beauty.