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Ia 1
Gender Feminine
Scripts ია(Georgian) Ἰα(Greek)
Pronounced Pron. /i.ɑ/(Georgian)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

Derived from the Georgian noun ია (ia) meaning "violet", as in the spring flower (also see Violet). In turn, it is thought to be derived from the Georgian noun იასამანი (iasamani) meaning "lilac", which might possibly be of Persian origin. However, ია (ia) could also be derived from ancient Greek ἴα (ia), which is the plural form of ἴον (ion) meaning "violet".

Known bearers of this name include the Georgian actresses Ia Parulava (b. 1967) and Iamze "Ia" Sukhitashvili (b. 1980).
Added 12/6/2010 by anonymous
Edited 7/14/2020 by HL, Lucille, Mike C and more

Ia 2
Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. EE-ə(History)  [key]
Other Forms FormsEia, Hia, Hya (Latin)

Meaning & History

Of unknown origin and meaning. Saint Ia was a 5th-century Cornish virgin martyr, an Irish princess, according to popular tradition, who travelled to Cornwall as a missionary and was martyred on the River Hayle under Tudur Mawr, ruler of Penwith. Ia gave her name to her burial place; St Ia's Church was erected over her grave and around the church grew the town of Porth Ia (later renamed St Ives in honour of a bishop named Ivo or Ive).
Added 12/14/2011 by SeaHorse15
Edited 12/28/2022 by Mike C, Frollein Gladys, LMS and more

Ia 3
Gender Masculine
Scripts ია(Georgian)

Meaning & History

Short form of Iakob and Ilia. In some cases, it might also be derived from the Arabic name Yahya, which is written as იაჰია (Iahia) in Georgian.

This given name is rare today, but it was common in the 9th century.

Known Georgian bearers of this name include the composer Ilia "Ia" Kargareteli (1867-1939) and the writer Ia Ekaladze (1872-1933).
Added 4/30/2013 by Lucille
Edited 6/10/2020 by Lucille and LMS

Ia 4
Gender Feminine
Usage Japanese
Scripts 惟愛, 唯亜, etc.(Japanese Kanji)

Meaning & History

From Japanese 惟 (i) meaning "only", 唯 (i) meaning "ordinary, usual" combined with 愛 (a) meaning "love, affection" and 亜 (a) meaning "second, Asia". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Added 2/8/2017 by lilolaf
Edited 12/6/2018 by Evil and lilolaf

Ia 5