Asherah f Semitic Mythology
Perhaps derived from Semitic roots meaning "she who walks in the sea"
. This was the name of a Semitic mother goddess. She was worshipped by the Israelites before the advent of monotheism.
Derya f & m Turkish
Means "sea, ocean"
in Turkish, ultimately from Persian.
Hai m & f Chinese
From Chinese 海 (hǎi)
meaning "sea, ocean" or other characters that are pronounced similarly.
Jūratė f Lithuanian
From Lithuanian jūra
. This is the name of a sea goddess who falls in love with a fisherman in the Lithuanian folk tale Jūratė and Kastytis
Kaimana m & f Hawaiian
From Hawaiian kai
"ocean, sea" and mana
"power". It is also Hawaiian meaning "diamond", derived from the English word diamond
Lachlan m Scottish, English
Originally a Scottish nickname for a person who was from Norway. In Scotland, Norway was known as the "land of the lochs"
, or Lochlann
. In the English-speaking world, this name was especially popular in Australia towards the end of the 20th century.
Mairwen f Welsh
Combination of Mair
and Welsh gwen
meaning "white, fair, blessed".
Manami f Japanese
From Japanese 愛 (mana)
meaning "love, affection" combined with 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful" or 海 (mi)
meaning "sea, ocean". Other kanji combinations are possible.
Mar f Spanish, Catalan
in Spanish and Catalan. It is from the title of the Virgin Mary
, María del Mar
Maraĵa f Esperanto
Means "made of the sea"
in Esperanto, a derivative of maro
"sea", ultimately from Latin mare
Mary f English, Biblical
Usual English form of Maria
, the Latin form of the New Testament Greek names Μαριάμ (Mariam)
and Μαρία (Maria)
- the spellings are interchangeable - which were from Hebrew מִרְיָם (Miryam)
, a name borne by the sister of Moses
in the Old Testament. The meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories including "sea of bitterness"
, and "wished for child"
. However it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry "beloved"
or mr "love"
Meraud f Cornish
Meaning unknown, perhaps based on Cornish mor "sea"
Merlin m Arthurian Romance, English
Form of the Welsh name Myrddin
(meaning "sea fortress"
) used by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his 12th-century Arthurian tales. Writing in Latin, he likely chose the form Merlinus
in order to prevent associations with French merde
Meryl f English
Variant of Muriel
, influenced by the spelling of the name Cheryl
. A famous bearer is American actress Meryl Streep (1949-), whose real name is Mary Louise Streep.
Moana f & m Maori, Hawaiian, Tahitian
Means "ocean, wide expanse of water, deep sea"
in Maori and Hawaiian (as well as in other Polynesian languages).
Muirgel f Irish
Means "bright sea"
, derived from Gaelic muir
"sea" and geal
Muriel f English, French, Irish
Medieval English form of a Breton name that was probably related to the Irish name Muirgel
. The Normans brought it to England from Brittany. In the modern era it was popularized by a character from Dinah Craik's novel John Halifax, Gentleman
Nereida f Spanish
Derived from Greek Νηρηΐδες (Nereides)
meaning "nymphs, sea sprites"
, ultimately derived from the name of the Greek sea god Nereus
, who supposedly fathered them.
Poseidon m Greek Mythology
Possibly derived from Greek πόσις (posis)
meaning "husband, lord" and δᾶ (da)
meaning "earth". The name first appears in Mycenaean Greek inscriptions as po-se-da-o
. In Greek mythology Poseidon was the unruly god of the sea and earthquakes, the brother of Zeus
. He was often depicted carrying a trident and riding in a chariot drawn by white horses.
Takumi m Japanese
From Japanese 匠 (takumi)
meaning "artisan" or 巧 (takumi)
meaning "skillful". It can also come from 拓 (taku)
meaning "expand, open, support" combined with 海 (mi)
meaning "sea, ocean" or 実 (mi)
meaning "fruit, good result, truth". This name can also be formed of other kanji combinations.