Maori Submitted Names

Maori names are used by the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Maori.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Ahora f & m Maori
Means "beautiful spirit" (?)
Ahu m Maori
Means "to tend, to foster, to bring up" in Maori.
Aihe f Maori
Means "dolphin" in Maori.
Ākenehi f Maori
Maori form of Agnes.
Ākuhata m & f Maori
Maori form of August, Augustus or Augusta.
Amaia f Maori (Modern)
Means "lunar halo" in Māori.
Amiria f Maori
Maori form of Amelia.
Amohia m Maori
Means "carry on the shoulder" or "rush, charge" in Maori.
Anewa m Maori
Means "to fall" in Maori.
Aotea f Maori
Means "white cloud" in Māori. Aotearoa is the Māori name of New Zealand
Apikaira f Maori
Maori form of Abigail.
Arahia f Maori
Pathfinder, feminine word for chief, leader, one who leads the way
Ārama m Maori
Maori form of Adam.
Arapeta m Maori
Maori form of Albert.
Ari m & f Maori, Tahitian, Cook Islands Maori
Means "visible" and "the eleventh night of the lunar month" in Māori. Short form of Ariki and Ari'i meaning "chief" in Māori and Tahitian.
Aria f Maori
Āria means "tidal pool" in Māori. Ariā means "idea, concept" in Māori.
Arihi f Maori
Means 'of noble sort'
Arihia f Maori
Maori form of Alicia.
Ariki m & f Maori
Atakohu f Maori
Means "morning mist" in Maori.
Atarangi f Maori, Cook Islands Maori
From ata meaning "morning" and rangi meaning "sky" in Maori.
Atea m & f Maori
Means "clear" in Maori.
Atoni m Maori
Maori form of Anthony.
Atonio m Maori
Maori form of Anthony.
Awa f Maori
Means "stream" in Maori.
Awhi f Maori
Means "hug" in Maori. Short for Āwhina.
Ēkara f & m Maori
Means "eagle" in Maori.
Emere f Maori
Maori form of Emily.
Erana f Maori
Maori form of Ellen 1.
Eruera m Maori
Maori form of Edward.
Etana m Maori
Maori form of Ethan.
Etera m Maori
Maori form of Ezra.
Ewa f Hawaiian, Maori
Hawaiian and Māori form of Eva.
Haere m Maori
Personification of the rainbow in Māori myth.
Haimona m Maori
Maori form of Simon 1.
Hakaraia m Maori
Maori form of Zechariah.
Hakopa m Maori
Maori form of Jacob.
Hāmiora m Maori
Maori form of Samuel.
Hāmuera m Maori
Maori form of Samuel.
Hārata f Maori
Maori form of Charlotte.
Hareruia m & f Maori
Maori form of Hallelujah.
Hāriata f Maori
Maori form of Harriet.
Haumiatiketike f & m Maori
Long form of Haumia. The god of wild food in Māori myth.
Hawaiki m & f Maori
Means "sacred homeland" in Māori.
Hawaikii f & m Maori
Its a pretty cool name.
Hēnare m Maori
Maori form of Henry.
Hēni f Maori
Maori form of Jane.
Heremaia m Maori
Maori form of Jeremiah.
Herena f Maori
Maori form of Helen.
Herewini m Maori
Maori form of Selwyn.
Hika m Maori
Means "friend" in Maori.
Himene f Maori
Means "melody" in Maori.
Hīmi m Maori
Maori form of James or Jim.
Himiona m Maori
Maori form of Simeon.
Hinauri f Maori
Means "dark grey" in Maori.
Hinekoa f Maori
Means "happy girl" in Maori.
Hinemoa f Maori
From the Maori hine meaning "girl, daughter" and moa, the Maori name of an extinct species of bird.
Hinerangi f Maori
Means "sky/heaven girl" in Maori.
Hira f Maori
Means "great, important" or "abundant" in Maori.
Hiruwheta m Maori
Maori form of Sylvester.
Hiwa f Maori
Short for Hiwa-i-te-rangi, one of the stars in Te Kāhui o Matariki. Hiwa means "active" in Māori.
Hoana f Maori
Maori form of Joan 1 and Joanna.
Hoani m Maori
Maori form of John.
Hohua m Maori (Rare)
Maori Form of the name Joshua
Hone m Maori
Maori form of John. Hone Tūwhare (21 October 1922 – 16 January 2008) was a noted Māori New Zealand poet.
Hōnore m & f Maori
New Zealand Maori.... [more]
Honu m Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian
Means "turtle" in Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori.
Hori m Maori
Maori form of George.
Huinga f Maori
Means "gathering" in Māori.
Hukupapa f & m Maori (Rare)
Means "frost" in Maori.
Huriata f & m Maori
Maori name meaning "Turn Morning" "Dawn" Or "Daylight". Huri means to 'turn' or 'change' and Ata means 'Morning'.
Īhāia m Maori
Maori form of Isaiah.
Ihaka m Maori
Maori form of Isaac.
Ihimaera f Maori
This name in English even though possibly female before European contact means Ishmael. This is the name of Owenga and Otonga Moriori Ihimaera Rehe (d. 1903) who was a daughter of Owenga-Otonga chief and mother of the last full blooded Moriori Tommy Solomon.
Ihipera f Maori
Maori form of Isabel and Isabella.
Irihāpeti f Maori
Maori form of Elizabeth.
Kaea m & f Maori
Means "leader of dance/song" in Māori.
Kaewa f Maori
Means "wanderer, traveller" in Maori.
Kāhui f & m Maori (Rare)
Variant of Te Kāhui meaning "constellation" in Māori.
Kahukura m & f Maori
Means "red ocre cape" Māori. Personification of the rainbow in Māori myth along with Haere and Ōuenuku.
Kahutia m & f Maori
Short for Kahutia-te-rangi, the birth name of Paikea.
Kaihau m & f Maori
Variant of Te Kaihau meaning "cloud eater" in Māori.
Kairangi m & f Maori
Means "exalted" in Maori.
Kapo m Maori
Means "light flash" in Māori.
Kapua f Maori
Means "cloud" in Maori.
Kara f Maori
Variant of Kare meaning "friend" in Maori.
Karaitiana m Maori
Maori form of Christian.
Karakia f Maori
Means "prayer" in Māori.
Karamea f Maori
Means "red ochre" in Maori. Also a loan word from English, meaning "caramel".
Kararaina f Maori
Maori form of Caroline.
Kārearea f & m Maori
Means "falcon" in Maori.
Kereama m Maori
Maori form of Graham.
Kerehi f Maori
Maori form of Grace.
Kiti f Maori
This name is a translation of the European name Kitty. This was the name of a Moriori and Ngāti Māmoe Maori woman named Kiti Karaka Rīwai (1870-1927) who was a founding mother who is the ancestor of Moriori Preece family (one of the surviving groups of Moriori today).
Koanga m & f Maori
Means "joyful" in Māori.
Koha f Maori
Means "gift" in Maori.
Kohu m Maori
Means "mist" in Maori.
Kooti m Maori
The name has various meanings apparently. The name is a transliteration of "Coates." This word in English means "court of law" and "prosecute." This was the name of Ringatū Church founder Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Tūruki (d... [more]
Kora f Maori (Modern)
Means "fuel, fire" in Maori.
Kura f Maori
Means "red, glow" in Māori.
Ma'ata f Hawaiian, Maori
Variant of Maata.
Maehe f Maori
Derived from Maori Māehe "(the month of) March".
Mahana f & m Maori, Hawaiian, Tahitian
Means "warmth, heat" in Māori and Hawaiian, and "sun" in Tahitian.
Mahine f Maori
Means "clean girl" or "white girl" in Maori.
Mahuika f Polynesian Mythology, Maori (Rare)
Combination of the name Maui and the Polynesian root hika "to rub, to burn". In Māori mythology, Mahuika is a fire deity and the wife of Auahitūroa... [more]
Māia m & f Maori (Modern)
Means "capable, brave" in Māori. Variant of Te Maia; also Māia.
Maia f Maori
Means "courage, bravery" in Maori.
Maiea f & m Maori
Mairangi f Maori
Etymology uncertain, possibly from the Maori mai meaning "for ages, for a long time" and rangi meaning "day" or "sky, heaven".
Māka m Maori
Maori form of Mark.
Mākere f Maori
Maori form of Margaret.
Maki f Maori
Maori form of Margaret.
Makuku f Maori
Means "pleasantness, friendliness" in Maori.
Manaaki m Maori
Means "care" in Māori.
Manawa m Maori, Hawaiian
Means "to feel, feelings" in Māori and Hawaiian.
Manu m & f Maori, Hawaiian (Rare, Archaic)
Hawaiian unisex name meaning "bird", from the word manu. Popular for singers.... [more]
Manuka m Maori
A New Zealand name for the flowering shrub/tree whose scientific name is Leptospermum scoparium, famous for the strong honey produced from its blossoms. The tree gets its name from Maori tradition, because Manuka was the name of one of the great ocean-going canoes which brought the Maoris to New Zealand... [more]
Maraea f Maori
Maori form of Maria.
Marewa f Maori
Means "to rise" in Māori.
Matariki f Maori
Maori feminine name meaning "small eyes", the name of the Pleiades.
Mātene m Maori
Maori form of Martin.
Materita f Maori
Maori form of Margaret.
Matewa f & m Maori
From mate meaning "want, to be overcome" and wā meaning "duration" in Māori. Also transliteration of personal name Mathers.... [more]
Matuku m & f Maori
Means "white heron" in Māori. Also Kōtuku.
Mereana f Maori
Maori form of Mary Ann.
Meremere m & f Maori
This name means "Venus as an evening star" and "star". This was the name of the Ngati Tama Chief of Kaingaroa, Meremere (d. 1860) who protected Moriori under him from other Maori chiefs during the Moriori genocide... [more]
Mihi f Maori
Means "thanks" in Maori.
Miriama f Maori, Fijian (Rare)
Maori and Fijian form of Mary.
Mohi m Maori
Maori form of Moses.
Neihana m Maori
Maori form of Nathan.
Neihanna m Maori
Variant of Neihana
Ngahere m Maori
Means "forest" in Maori.
Ngakau f Maori
Means "heart" in Maori.
Ngārori f & m Maori
Means "the roads" in Māori.
Ngawaiata f Maori
Means "psalms" in Maoritanga.
Nikau m & f Maori
Variant of Nīkau.
Nui m Maori
Means "large, abundant, of high rank, important" in Maori.
Nuku m Maori, Cook Islands Maori
Means "The Earth" in Maori.
Ōuenuku m Maori
Personification of the rainbow in Māori myth. Also Uenuku.
Paikea m & f Maori, Mythology, Popular Culture, Literature
In Maori legend, Paikea is the name assumed by Kahutia-te-rangi because he was assisted by humpback whales (paikea) to survive an attempt on his life by his half-brother Ruatapu... [more]
Paki m Maori
This name in English means fine weather. It's also a male personal name. This was the name of a Waikato Chief. This was the name of Paki Whara a Ngati Tama Elder who in the 1800s gather information on the Moriori and Chatham Islands which contributed to the invasion of Chatham Islands.
Pania f Maori, Polynesian Mythology
Means "water" in Māori. Pania, often styled 'Pania of the Reef', was the Māori goddess of water, and is a symbol of the New Zealand city of Napier. A known bearer is Pania Rose (1984-), an Australian model of partial Māori descent.
Pararaki m Maori
Means "northern ground" in Maori.
Parariki m Maori
Means “paralysis” in Māori.
Pare f Maori
Maori form of Polly.
Patukawenga m Maori
The meaning of this name has not just one meaning possibly due to the Patu and Kawenga portions of this name. Patu means "screen", "wall", "edge", etc. Kawenga means "burden". This was the name of the Senior Ngati Mutunga Chief Patukawenga (d... [more]
Peata f Maori
Maori form of Beata.
Peti f Maori
Maori form of Betty.
Piki m & f Maori, Hawaiian
Means "fast, ascend" in Maori and "peach" in Hawaiian.
Pipi f Maori (Rare)
Maori form of Phoebe.
Pirihira f Maori
Maori form of Priscilla.
Pita m Maori
Maori form of Peter.
Pōmare m & f Maori, Tahitian
Ortographically correct form of Pomare in Tahitian.
Puāwai f Maori
Means "flower" in Maori.
Putiputi f Maori
Means "flower" in Maori.
Rāhera f Maori
Maori form of Rachel.
Raiona m & f Maori
Means "lion" in Maori.
Rangiātea f & m Maori
Means "heaven of the gods" in Maori. A place in Hawaiki, the ancestral land.
Ranginui m Polynesian Mythology, Maori, Cook Islands Maori
Derived from Rangi and nui meaning "large, big, vast, great." This is another name for the Maori god of the sky.
Rāniera m Maori
Maori form of Daniel.
Rauparaha m Maori
This name in English is "calystegia sepium" a weedy vine or wildflower. New Zealand colonists mistranslated a person with this name "The Robuller." This is the name of Ngati Toa Chief Te Rauparaha (d... [more]
Rawiri m Maori
Maori form of David.
Renātā m Maori
Maori form of Leonard.
Rewa f Maori
Means 'elevation' in Maori.
Rewi m Maori
Maori form of Louis, Dave and Levi.
Ripeka f Maori
Maori form of Rebecca. It coincides with a Maori verb meaning "to crucify".
Riria f Maori
Maori form of Lydia.
Riripeti f Maori
Maori form of Lilibeth.
Riu m Maori
Means "core, basin" in Māori.
Rīwai m Maori
This word in the Maori tongue is a general term for potato. This is not just a first name but a last name. This was the name of farmhand and son Wairua elder of Te Rōpiha, Rīwai Te Rōpiha. This is a middle name of Ngāi Tahu rugby player Manuera Benjamin Rīwai Couch (1925-1996).
Rohe m & f Maori
Means "land" in Māori.
Rongomaiwhenua f Maori
It means "the land hears the news" in Maori.
Rongomai-whiti m Moriori, Maori
In a Moriori migration tradition story this is the name of a god who travel with people heading to what is now the Chatham islands. The name in the Maori language is referring to a god. Its possibly an description of Rongo (high ranking Maori god) or Rongomai (Maori god).
Rōpata m Maori
Maori form of Walter.
Rua f & m Maori (Modern)
Means "two" and "abyss, pit" in Māori.
Rūaimoko m Maori
God of earthquakes in Māori myth. Also Ruaumoko.
Ruatapu m Maori
Ruatapu tried to kill his half brother, Kahutia-te-rangi (who assumed the name Paikea) and drove him out, forcing him to survive by riding humpback whales to present day New Zealand
Ruihi f & m Maori
Maori form of Lucy, Louise and Louis.
Ruira f Maori
Maori form of Louisa.
Rupe f Maori
From the Maori personification of the New Zealand pigeon or kererū.
Ruru m Maori
Means "owl" in Maori.
Rutu f Maori (Rare)
Variant of Ruta.
Taenga f Maori
Means "arrival" in Maori.
Tai m Maori
Means "tide" in Māori.
Taia f Maori
Means "to paint, to tattoo" in Māori.
Taika m Maori
Means "tiger" in Māori. A notable bearer of this name is New Zealand actor and film director Taika Waititi (born 1975).
Taine m Maori
Variant of Tane.
Taini f Maori (Rare)
This is the name of Taini Morrison who was a Maori arts performer in New Zealand.
Tainui m Maori
Historic canoe from Hawaiki.
Taitoko m Maori
Means "spring tide, tidal wave" in Māori.
Tamaki m Maori
Maori name meaning the Auckland area of New Zealand.
Tamatea m Maori
Means "moon on the eighth night of the lunar month" in Maori.
Taniera m & f Maori
Maori form of Daniel or Daniela.
Tapu f Maori
Means "sacred" and "forbidden" in Māori.
Tara f & m Maori
Means "peak, point" in Māori. Also Māori for "sternidae".
Tariu m Maori
Maori form of Thaddeus.
Taufa m Maori
Masculine name meaning 'warrior'.
Tāwera f Maori
Means "Venus" in Maori.
Teao m & f Maori
Means "the world, the day" in Māori.
Tearoha f & m Maori
Means "the love" in Maori (te, "the" and aroha, "love"). A variant of Aroha. May also be spelled Te Aroha.
Teina m & f Maori
means "brother" in Maori language.
Teira m & f Maori
Maori form of Taylor.
Tekaha m & f Maori
Means "the strength, a ritual chant to give strength" in Māori.
Tekāhu m & f Maori
From Te Kāhu meaning "harrier hawk" in Māori. Transliteration of "hawk".
Tekoha m Maori
"The Gift; Gifted"
Temuera m Maori
Transferred use of the surname Temuera.
Teori m & f Maori
Tēpene m Maori
Maori form of Stephen.
Te Poki m Maori
The possibly meaning of this name is, "to clear the garden." This was the name of a Senior Ngati Mutunga chief.
Tewakepare f Maori
Unknown
Tiaho f Maori
Means "shining" or "shine" in Maori.
Tiaki m Maori
Maori form of Jack, coinciding with the Maori word meaning "guard, keep">
Tikanga m & f Maori
Means "important customs" in Māori.
Tino m Maori, Cook Islands Maori
Means "important" in Maori.
Tio m Maori
Means "freezing cold" in Māori. Also Māori form of Joe
Tipi f & m Maori
It means “affect by incantations” and “pare, slice, pare off”. This is the name of a female cousin of Senior Ngati Mutunga Chief Patukawenga who was married to a Waikato chief of Ngatikoroki named Taui... [more]
Tīwata f Maori
Means "pale" in Maori.
Toa m Maori
Means "warrior" in Maori.
Toroa f & m Maori
Derived from Maori toroa "albatross", ultimately from Maori toro "to stretch; to extend".
Tuari m & f Maori
Tui f & m Maori
Tui is the Maori name for the bird (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae), which are easily identified for their small tuft of white feathers at the neck.... [more]
Waata m Maori
Variant of Wāta.
Waiata f & m Maori
Means "song" in Maori. Combined with Aroha it means "song of love, love song" Waiata-aroha.
Waitara f Maori
Derived from the Maori waitara, possibly meaning "mountain stream" or "pure water".
Wāta m Maori
Maori form of Walter.
Watorea f & m Indigenous Australian, Maori
Derived from Maori wātō rea meaning "sunset". This name was used for a tropical cyclone in 1976 near Australia.
Wharekura m Maori
This name means "school of learning". Its also the name of a building where tohunga (priest) taught esoteric lore to students of his. This was the name of a Ngati Tama chief named Te Wharekura of the Ngati Wai Ngati Tama clan who along with his clan killed and cooked 50 Moriori in the mid-1800s at Te Raki in what is now Chatham Islands.
Wiki f Maori
Means “week” in Maori.
Wikitōria f Maori
Maori form of Victoria.
Winika f Maori
From the Maori name of Christmas orchids (Dendrobium cunninghamii), a type of orchid that is endemic to the New Zealand. This name could also be written as Te Winika, which means "the Christmas orchid".