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: Latin, Roman

Meaning: God-father

Variants: Iuppiter, Iovis, Jove, Jupe

Gender: Male

King of the gods in Roman mythology, as well as being the god of sky and lightning, Jupiter is an interesting name. I’ve used this for a female character of mine as well as a male character; I tend to use the same name more than once, especially if it’s a favorite. Interestingly enough, it’s also the name of the female protagonist of the upcoming sic-fi movie Jupiter Rising, coming out next month. She also shares the same first and last name as Jupiter Jones of the Three Investigators series, about a trio of boys who solve cases in their hometown, although whether that’s a coincidence or intentional, I don’t know.