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Subject: Re: Does anyone have a meaning for the name "Nyah"?
Author: Nanaea   (Authenticated as Nanaea)
Date: February 26, 2001 at 1:50:20 PM
Reply to: Does anyone have a meaning for the name "Nyah"? by Christine
*Finally* found a meaning for "Nyah". (This question has come up several times in the past on this board, Christine.)

According to this website, "Nyah" is a Swahili name meaning: "Purpose".

http://www.celebratingchildren.com/names_n.html

Considering the fact that the actress (Thandie Newton) who portrays the character of Nyah Hall in *Mission: Impossible 2* was born in Zambia, Africa, I'd say that the fictional Nyah Hall's heritage is probably African, too. So the "Nyah" that has suddenly become a popular name because of exposure from that movie may just likely be the Swahili "Nyah" listed at the website above (under the entry: "Nia").

-- Nanaea

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