Origin: Japanese, English

恵美 (Japanese)- Emi “blessing, kindness + beautiful”

絵美 (Japanese)- Emi “picture, painting + beautiful”

恵美 子 (Japanese)- Emiko “blessing, kindest + beautiful/child”

絵美子 (Japanese)- Emiko “picture, painting +beautiful/child”

Meaning: a Japanese name me composed of kanji e (恵) “blessing, kindness” + mi (美) “beautiful” meaning “blessing, kindness + beautiful” or from e (絵) “picture, painting” + mi (美) “beautiful”. There are also other meanings depending on the kanji used.

Emi can also be a nickname for Emily meaning “rival” or a variant spelling of Emmy, itself a short form of either Emily or Emma, the latter meaning “whole” or “universal”.

Variants: Emiko is a variant form of Japanese Emi with the -ko suffix meaning “child”.


Origin: Japanese

優 花 “gentle/tenderness flower”

Meaning: I’ve seen it listed as meaning “gentle/tenderness flower”from Japanese elements yu 優 (gentle) and ka 花 “flower”, though like all Japanese names the meaning depends on the kanji used. According to Wikipedia, here are some of the other meanings.

由香, “reason, fragrance”

由華, “reason, beautiful”

由佳, “reason, good”

由花, “reason, flower”

有佳, “exist, good”

有香, “exist, fragrance”

優花, “gentle/tenderness, flower”

優香, “gentle/tenderness, fragrance”


Origin: Romanian, French, Jewish, Russian, Japanese

Meaning: possibly from Romanian soare meaning “sun”.

I’ve also seen it as a surname. It could be French in origin, from Old French sor, a diminutive of Sorel, meaning “chestnut”, originally a nickname for someone with reddish hair.

It also has a different etymology, a Jewish surname derived from a metronymic of Yiddish female personal given  name Sore, from Hebrew name Sara meaning “princess”, with the Slavic suffic -in. From what I could find, it seems to be (or used to be) very popular in Russia, especially Belarus.

Sōrin (宗 麟)also seems to be a Japanese masculine given name, such as Ōtomo Sōrin (who also went by other names), who was a daimyo of the Ōtomo clan in the 16th century (1530-1587). I couldn’t find any meaning on his name, though sōrin is also the vertical shaft on top of a Japanese pagoda, usually made out of bronze or stone. It means “alternate rings” with the kanji used (相 輪).

Sorinel is a pet form of the name.

Sorina is the feminine form of the name.


Origin: Germanic, Greek, Old Norse, Irish, Hindu, Japanese

Meaning: a multicultural name with many meanings, Ida is from the Germanic element id meaning “work, labor”.

It’s also a Greek feminine name, the name of a mountain on the island of Crete, the birthplace of the Greek god Zeus, as well as being the name of the nymph who nursed him as a baby, along with another nymph, Adrasteia. The Greek meaning is unknown though I have seen it possibly coming from Greek idê and ida meaning “woodland”.

I’ve also seen Ida listed as being a variant of Iðunn, an Old Norse goddess from Old Norse  (again) and unna (to love).

It also seems to be an Anglicization of Irish Íde possibly meaning “thirst”.

Ida is also a name found in Hindu myth, a variant of Ila, a god or goddess who seemed to change gender frequently.

Ida is also a Japanese surname though I couldn’t find any meaning on it.


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.


Origin: Finnish, Japanese

美香 (Japanese) “beautiful fragrance”

美加 (Japanese) “beautiful increase”

Meaning: a masculine Finnish name, a short form of Mikael, from Michael meaning “who is like God?”

Mika is also a Japanese feminine name meaning “beautiful fragrance/increase” from Japanese mi 美 (beautiful) combined with ka 香 (fragrance) or ka 加 (increase). There may be other meanings depending on different kanji but these were the two I found.


Origin: Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Czech, Slovak, Croatian

هناء (Arabic)

花 (Japanese)

華 (Japanese)

하나 (Korean)

Meaning: Hana is multicultural name with many different meanings. In Arabic it means “bliss, happiness”. In Persian, Farsi and Kurdish, spelled ( حَنا ) it becomes the name of the henna plant while Kurdish  ( هانا ) means “hope”- though the last two are based on shaky evidence. Hana is also a place name in Iran.

Hana is also a Japanese name meaning “flower”.

It’s also a Korean name meaning “one”.

Hana is also the Czech, Slovak and Croatian form of Hannah meaning “favor” or “grace”.

According to Wikipedia, Hana means “moon” in Albanian.

In Hawaiian, Hana means “craft” or work” as well as being a place name in Maui.

In Maori, it means “to shine, glow, radiate, give out heat” as a verb and “flame, glow, warmth, heat, radiance” as a noun.

Hana could also be a variant spelling of Hannah.

Variants: Hanaa (Arabic); Ha-na (Korean)


Origin: Japanese

Meaning: It has several different meanings depending on the kanji used.

歩, “progress”, “walking”, “a step”

歩美, “walking, beauty”

歩実, “walking, truth”

鮎己, “sweetfish, oneself”

亜由美, “Asia, reason, beauty”

安愉海, “peaceful, pleasure, sea”

明征魅, “bright, conquer, fascination”

充裕実, “provide, abundant, truth”

歩未, “walking”, “not yet”

It’s also a very rare surname using the hiragana below:



*All of this is from Wikipedia


Origin: Hungarian, Indian, Greek, Japanese

Meaning: from Hungarian som meaning “dogwood, cornel tree”

Soma is also the name of a plant (and a Hindu god) from which an intoxicating drink is used from that plant for an ancient Vedic ritual. Soma is also the name of a Rigvedic god who somehow became merged or equated with the Hindu god Chandra since they were both moon deities.

As a drink, Soma is like ambrosia to the gods and for humans who drink it, it causes warriors to become fearless in battle and inspired poets to create-probably why the god Soma is seen as the god of poets. Interesingly enough, he’s rarely depicted as a full-grown human among his many forms, which include: a celestial bull, a bird, a giant rising from the waters, the lord of plants, and an embryo.

The Sanskrit Soma is believed to be derived from Proto-Indo-Iranian sauma, from the root of Indo-Iranian sav meaning “to press” or “to take liquid”

Sōma (σῶμα) is also a Greek word meaning “body”.

Sōma (also Sohma or Soma) is a Japanese surname (as well as the name of a clan durng the 16th century). It’s also the name of several places in Japan.I found three possible  forms of the name from Wikipedia although I couldn’t find any English translations for them:





Origin: Old Norse, Japanese

Meaning: feminine form of Rune meaning “secret, lore”, which comes from Old Norse Rúni which comes from Norse element run.

I’ve also found the name listed as a Japanese female name, as well as a Bengali name, though I couldn’t find any meanings for them. The closest I could find a meaning was that maybe it’s a transliteration of Luna (moon) in Japanese since there seems to be some difficulty with the L/R pronouncation- but that’s all purely conjecture on my part.

According to http://nookofnames.com/2011/09/22/incan-inspiration/ , Runa is also a Quechuan word meaning “man, adult, mankind”


Origin: Russian, Ukrainian, Japanese, Korean

Meaning: farmer, earthworker; lily; glass

Yuri is a male Russian name, a variant transcription Yuriy, which is the Russian and Ukrainian form of George, meaning “farmer, earthworker”.

( Юрий ) Russian;  ( Юрій ) Ukrainian

Yuri is also a Japanese female name meaning “lily” (百合).. Yuriko (百合子) is a variant of the name, meaning “lily child”

It’s also a Korean female name spelled Yu-ri, Yoo-ri, or You-ri, and has various meanings depending on the hanja used. One such meaning I found online is “glass”  ( 유리 )


Origin: Arabic, Italian, Japanese

Meaning: This name has several possible meanings and origins. It could be a variant of Ayda, meaning “returning, visitor” ( عائدة ) or an Italian name meaning “happy”. It’s also a Japanese surname with the possible meaning of “run across the fields”- though I could be wrong on that one. But it definitely is a Japanese surname

Aida is pronounced as ah-EE-da, with three syllables in the Arabic language, though spelled Ayda  it’s only two syllables.

Cato, Kato

Origin: Ancient Roman, Dutch, Hungarian, Japanese, African, Eastern African (Luganda), Ganda

Meaning: wise; “pure, chaste” or “each of the two; singly”; “torture” or “my consecration of your name”; “add/increase” + “wisteria”; “second of twins”

In Latin, Cato means wise and is the name of several Roman figures. It’s also the short of feminine names Catharina (Dutch) and Katalin (Hungarian), both of which come from Katherine which has several possible meanings: “pure, chaste” or “each of the two; singly”; “torture” or “my consecration of your name”. This would make it a unisex name.

Spelled Kato, it becomes a Japanese surname meaning “add/increase” + “wisteria” (加 藤 ); it’s also spelled  Katō or Katou. It would be pronouced “ka-to” rather than “kay-to”.

It’s also an African male name in Luganda meaning “second of twins”.


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, straight + self for males ( 直己)