occur in the mythologies
and legends of the various islands of the Pacific.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ĀROHIROHI f Polynesian Mythology
The name of the goddess of mirages and shimmering heat. Her name may be related to the word ārohi
meaning "to scout, reconnoitre".
HAUMEA f Polynesian Mythology
From the goddess of fertility and childbirth in Hawaiian mythology. A notable use of the name is the third dwarf planet from the Sun and second dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt (located between Pluto and Makemake).
IHI f Polynesian Mythology
The Tahitian goddess of wisdom and learning. Her name may refer to the Tahitian chestnut tree.
KOHARA f Polynesian Mythology
Kohara is the goddess of tuna, and is considered the "mother of all tuna fish". The word also means "to throw a flash of lightning, as a deity". In Māori mythology, lightning begat tuna. In that sense, Kohara can be considered the "ancestor of tuna".
LEA f Hawaiian, Polynesian Mythology
Goddess of canoe builders; wife of Ku-moku-hali'i; sister of Hina-puku-'ai; she takes the form of an 'elepaio (a forest bird)
LEWALEVU f Polynesian Mythology
The name of a fertility goddess in Fijian mythology, derived from lewa
meaning "authority" and levu
meaning "big, large".
LILINOE f Hawaiian, Polynesian Mythology
From the word meaning "fine mist." A deity in Hawaiian mythology goes by this name, associated with Mauna Kea alongside Poliʻahu and Waiau.
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
. The trickster Maui was said to have stolen fire from the goddess's fingernails.
MAKEMAKE m Polynesian Mythology
From the Rapa Nui mythology of Easter Island, was the creater of humanity and the god of fertility. A notable use of the name is for the fourth dwarf planet from the Sun and the third dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt.
PANIA f Maori, Polynesian Mythology
Pania, often styled "Pania of the Reef", is a figure of Māori mythology, and a symbol of the New Zealand city of Napier.
POLIʻAHU f Polynesian Mythology
The name of Hawaiian snow goddess and enemy of Pele
. Her name is derived from poli
meaning "bosom" and 'ahu
meaning "garment, clothed".
SINA f Polynesian Mythology
The name of a number of figures in Samoan mythology. It is derived from sina
meaning "white" or "grey haired".
TIKOKURA m Polynesian Mythology
"Storm-Wave". A Polynesian god of monstrous size and enormous power. He has an angry temperament which, without provoking, easily flares up.
TUMU-TE-ANA-OA f Polynesian Mythology
The personfication of echoes in Cook Islands mythology. Her name means "the cause of the call or voice heard from caves", from tumu
meaning "cause", oa
meaning "voice" and ana
VAEA m & f Tongan, Samoan, Tahitian, Polynesian Mythology
Meaning unknown, though it likely means "king, prince, noble, chief" based on the fact that the meaning of Mapu 'a Vaea, natural blowholes in Houma on the island of Tongatapu in Tonga, is known to be 'Whistle of the Noble/Chief/King' in Tongan... [more]
VARIMA-TE-TAKERE f Polynesian Mythology
Primordial mother goddess in Cook Islands mythology. Her name has been attested as meaning "goddess of the beginning" or "the mud at the bottom". It may be derived from vari
meaning "mud" and takere
meaning "bottom of a canoe".