Polynesian Names

These names are used on the various Polynesian islands of the Pacific.
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AKAMUmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of ADAM.
AKONImHawaiian
Short form of ANAKONI.
ANAHERAfMaori
Means "angel" in Maori.
ANAKONImHawaiian
Hawaiian form of ANTHONY.
ANARUmMaori
Maori form of ANDREW.
APIKALIAfHawaiian
Hawaiian form of ABIGAIL.
AROHAfMaori
Means "love" in Maori.
ATAAHUAfMaori
Means "beautiful" in Maori.
AWHINAfMaori
Means "help, support" in Maori.
EKEWAKAmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of EDWARD.
ELIKAPEKAfHawaiian
Hawaiian form of ELIZABETH.
HAUKEAfHawaiian
Means "white snow" from Hawaiian hau "snow" and kea "white".
HAUNANIfHawaiian
Means "beautiful snow" from Hawaiian hau "snow" and nani "beauty, glory".
HEIRANIfTahitian
From Tahitian hei "crown, garland" and rani "heaven, sky".
HEITIAREfTahitian
From Tahitian hei "crown, garland" and tiare "flower".
HEMImMaori
Maori form of JAMES.
HEREMOANAmTahitian
From Tahitian here "loved, dear" and moana "ocean".
HERENUIfTahitian
From Tahitian here "loved, dear" and nui "big".
HINEfMaori
Means "girl" in Maori.
HOHEPAmMaori
Maori form of JOSEPH.
HOKULANIfHawaiian
Means "heavenly star" from Hawaiian hōkū "star" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
HUHANAfMaori
Maori form of SUSAN.
IAKOPAmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of JACOB.
IEKIKAfHawaiian
Hawaiian form of JESSICA.
IKAIAmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of ISAIAH.
IKAIKAmHawaiian
Means "strong" in Hawaiian.
IOKUAmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of JOSHUA.
IOLANAfHawaiian
Means "to soar" in Hawaiian.
KAHURANGIf & mMaori
From the name of a type of green gemstone found in New Zealand, meaning "sky blue" in Maori.
KAI (3)m & fHawaiian
Means "sea" in Hawaiian.
KAIMANAm & fHawaiian
From Hawaiian kai "ocean, sea" and mana "power". It is also Hawaiian meaning "diamond", derived from the English word diamond.
KAIPOm & fHawaiian
Means "the sweetheart" from Hawaiian ka, a definite article, and ipo "sweetheart".
KAKALINAfHawaiian
Hawaiian form of KATHERINE.
KALA (2)fHawaiian
Hawaiian form of SARAH.
KALANIm & fHawaiian
Means "the heavens" from Hawaiian ka "the" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
KALEmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of CHARLES.
KALEAfHawaiian
Means "joy, happiness" in Hawaiian.
KALENAfHawaiian
Hawaiian form of KAREN (1).
KALEOmHawaiian
Means "sound, voice" from Hawaiian ka "the" and leo "sound, voice".
KAMALANIf & mHawaiian
Means "heavenly child" or "royal child" from Hawaiian kama "child" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
KANANIfHawaiian
Means "the beauty" in Hawaiian.
KAPENAmHawaiian
Means "captain" in Hawaiian.
KAPONOmHawaiian
Means "the good one" from Hawaiian ka, a definite article, and pono "good, moral".
KAPUAf & mHawaiian
Means "the flower" or "the child" from Hawaiian ka, a definite article, and pua "flower, offspring".
KAUIf & mHawaiian
Means "the youthful one" from Hawaiian ka, a definite article, and u'i "youth, beauty".
KAULANAm & fHawaiian
Means "famous" in Hawaiian.
KAURImMaori
From the name of a type of tree found in New Zealand (species Agathis australis).
KAWEHIf & mHawaiian
Means "the adornment" from Hawaiian ka, a definite article, and wehi "adornment".
KEAHIf & mHawaiian
Means "the fire" from Hawaiian ke, a definite article, and ahi "fire".
KEALAf & mHawaiian
Means "the path" from Hawaiian ke, a definite article, and ala "path".
KEALOHAf & mHawaiian
Means "the loved one" from Hawaiian ke, a definite article, and aloha "love".
KEANUm & fHawaiian
Means "the cool breeze" from Hawaiian ke, a definite article, and anu "coolness". This name is now associated with Canadian actor Keanu Reeves (1964-).
KEKEPANIAfHawaiian
Hawaiian form of STEPHANIE.
KEKOAmHawaiian
Means "the warrior" from Hawaiian ke, a definite article, and koa "warrior, koa tree".
KEONEm & fHawaiian
Means "the homeland" from Hawaiian ke, a definite article, and one "sand, homeland".
KEONImHawaiian
Hawaiian form of JOHN.
KIANA (1)fHawaiian
Hawaiian form of DIANA.
KILIKINAfHawaiian
Hawaiian form of CHRISTINA.
KIMOmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of JAMES.
KIRIfMaori
Means "skin of a tree or fruit" in Maori. This name has been brought to public attention by New Zealand opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa (1944-).
KOAmHawaiian
Means "warrior, koa tree" in Hawaiian.
KONANIm & fHawaiian
Means "bright" in Hawaiian.
LANIfHawaiian
Means "sky, heaven, royal, majesty" in Hawaiian.
LEHUAf & mHawaiian
Means "ohia flower" in Hawaiian.
LEI (1)m & fHawaiian
Means "flowers, lei, child" in Hawaiian.
LEILANIf & mHawaiian
Means "heavenly flowers" or "royal child" from Hawaiian lei "flowers, lei, child" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
LEIMOMIfHawaiian
Means "pearl lei" or "pearl child" from Hawaiian lei "flowers, lei, child" and momi "pearl".
MAATAfMaori
Maori form of MARTHA.
MAEVAfTahitian, French
Means "welcome" in Tahitian. It gained popularity in France during the 1980s.
MAILEfHawaiian
From the name of a type of vine that grows in Hawaii and is used in making leis.
MAKAIOmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of MATTHEW.
MAKANAm & fHawaiian
Means "gift" in Hawaiian.
MALEKOmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of MARK.
MALIAfHawaiian
Hawaiian form of MARIA.
MALIEfHawaiian
Means "calm" in Hawaiian.
MANAIAf & mMaori
From the name of a stylized design common in Maori carvings. It represents a mythological creature with the head of a bird and the body of a human.
MAUIm & fHawaiian, Polynesian Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Hawaiian mythology Māui was a trickster who created the Hawaiian Islands by having his brothers fish them out of the sea. He was also responsible for binding the sun and slowing its movement.
MELEfHawaiian
Means "song" in Hawaiian. This name is also used as a Hawaiian and Samoan form of MARY.
MELIKAfHawaiian
Hawaiian form of MELISSA.
MEREfMaori
Maori form of MARY.
MIKAEREmMaori
Maori form of MICHAEL.
MIKALAmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of MICHAEL.
MOANAf & mMaori, Hawaiian, Tahitian
Means "ocean, wide expanse of water, deep sea" in Maori and Hawaiian (as well as in other Polynesian languages).
MOERANIm & fTahitian
From Tahitian moe "sleep" and rani "heaven, sky".
MOMIfHawaiian
Means "pearl" in Hawaiian.
NALANIf & mHawaiian
Means "the heavens" or "the chiefs" from Hawaiian , a definite article, and lani "heaven, sky, chief".
NANIfHawaiian
Means "beauty, glory" in Hawaiian.
NGAIOfMaori
Maori name which is derived from the name of a type of tree, also called the mousehole tree. This name was borne by New Zealand crime writer Dame Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982).
NGAIREfMaori
Possibly means "flaxen" in Maori.
NIKAUmMaori
From the name of a type of palm tree found in New Zealand (species Rhopalostylis sapida).
NIKORAm & fMaori
Maori form of NICHOLAS or NICOLE.
NOELANIfHawaiian
Means "heavenly mist" from Hawaiian noe "mist" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
PAORAmMaori
Maori form of PAUL.
PATARIKImMaori
Maori form of PATRICK.
PENImHawaiian
Hawaiian form of BEN (1).
PETERAmMaori
Maori form of PETER.
PIKAmHawaiian
Hawaiian form of PETER.
PIRIPImMaori
Maori form of PHILIP.
POMAREm & fTahitian
From Tahitian po "night" and mare "cough". This name was borne by four kings and a queen of Tahiti. The first king adopted the name after his child died of a cough in the night.
PUAfHawaiian
Means "flower, offspring" in Hawaiian.
PUALANIfHawaiian
Means "heavenly flower" or "royal offsring" from Hawaiian pua "flower, offsring" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
PUANANIfHawaiian
Means "beautiful flower" or "beautiful offsring" from Hawaiian pua "flower, offsring" and nani "beauty, glory".
RANGImMaori, Polynesian Mythology
Means "sky" in Maori. In Maori and other Polynesian mythology Rangi or Ranginui was a god of the sky, husband of the earth goddess Papa. They were locked in a crushing embrace but were eventually separated by their children, the other gods.
ROIMATAfMaori
Means "tear drop" in Maori.
RUIHAfMaori
Maori form of LOUISA.
TAMAmMaori
Means "son, boy" in Maori.
TAMATImMaori
Maori form of THOMAS.
TAMATOAmTahitian
From Tahitian tama "child" and toa "warrior".
TANEmMaori, Polynesian Mythology
Means "man" in Maori. In Maori and other Polynesian mythology Tane was the god of forests and light. He was the son of the sky god Rangi and the earth goddess Papa, who were locked in an embrace and finally separated by their son. He created the tui bird and, by some accounts, man.
TIAREfTahitian
Means "flower" iin Tahitian, also specifically referring to the species Gardenia taitensis.
TIMOTImMaori
Maori form of TIMOTHY.
TIPENEmMaori
Maori form of STEPHEN.
UILANIf & mHawaiian
Means "heavenly beauty" or "royal beauty" from Hawaiian u'i "youth, beauty" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
VAIHEREfTahitian
From Tahitian vai "water" and here "loved, dear".
VAIMITIfTahitian
From Tahitian vai "water" and miti "sea, salt".
VAITIAREfTahitian
From Tahitian vai "water" and tiare "flower".
WAIMARIEfMaori
Means "good luck" in Maori.
WHETUfMaori
Means "star" in Maori.
WIKOLIAfHawaiian
Hawaiian form of VICTORIA.
WIREMUmMaori
Maori form of WILLIAM.
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