are used on the various Polynesian islands of the Pacific.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
NĀKOA m Hawaiian
Means "the warriors," from plural definite article nā
meaning "soldier, warrior, fighter."
NANEA f Hawaiian
Means "fascinating" in Hawaiian. It was one of the top 100 most popular names for girls born in Hawaii in 2005.
NĀPUA f & m Hawaiian
Means "the flowers," from plural definite article nā
meaning "flower, blossom."
NAURI f Tahitian
Means "the two young coconut shoots", referring to the southern archipelagos south of French Polynesia.
NAWA'AKOA m Hawaiian
Means "koa canoe" from Hawaiian waʻa
"canoe" combined with koa
"koa tree". A known bearer is Nawaʻakoa Lisiate Foti Analeseanoa "Koa
" Misi (1987-), an American footballer.
NĀWAI f & m Hawaiian
Hawaiian unisex name meaning "the waters", derives from nā
meaning “the" and wai
NOHEA f & m Hawaiian
Directly taken from Hawaiian nohea
meaning "handsome, pretty, lovely".
NOHEALANI f Hawaiian
Means "pretty sky," "pretty heaven," "lovely sky" or "lovely heaven," from nohea
meaning "handsome, pretty, lovely" and lani
meaning "sky, heaven, heavenly, spiritual, royal, exalted, noble, aristocratic."
NOHOARII m Tahitian
Means "king's house" or "place of the king", from Tahitian ari'i
meaning "king" and noho
meaning "house, home, place".
N'SHAPIRO m Hawaiian
This comes from Noah
. In 1892, Noah Albert found Sammy Shapiro at his work. He mixed his first name with Sammy's last name to create the Hwaiian name, N'Shapiro
NUI m Maori
Means "large, abundant, of high rank, important" in Maori.
NUIHAU m Tahitian
From Tahitian nui
"great" and hau
"peace, reign". A known bearer is Nuihau Laurey (1964-), the vice-president of French Polynesia.
NUʻUANU m & f Hawaiian
A unisex Hawaiian name derived from the word nuʻu
meaning “height” and anu
meaning “cool”, thus "chilly heights". It is also the name of a cliff, valley, and stream in Honolulu.
OFANIA f & m Polynesian
Ofania is a name derived from the Polynesian Coral Island, called Niue Island. The name means affectinate or loveable.
ONAONA f Hawaiian
Means "softly fragrant" or "gentle and sweet (as the eyes or disposition)" in Hawaiian.
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.
PAUAHI f & m Hawaiian
Hawaiian unisex name either meaning "consumed by fire" or "putting out fire".
PENINA f Samoan
Penina ois a samoan name. Penina means "pretty flower".
PIʻILANI m & f Hawaiian
Means "rising sky" or "to ascend to heaven," from piʻi
meaning "climb, ascend, advance, mount, rise" and lani
meaning "sky, heaven, heavenly, spiritual, royal, exalted, noble, aristocratic."... [more]
POE f Tahitian
Means "pearl" in Tahitian, of Polynesian origin.
POEHERE f Tahitian
Means "pearl of love"; a combination of Tahitian poe
"pearl" and here
POEIVA f Tahitian
Means "brilliant pearl"; a combination of poe
"pearl" and iva
, a diminutive of iva iva
POEMA f & m Tahitian
Means "pearl of the deep seas"; a combination of Tahitian poe
"pearl" and mā
"clean, pure, clear".
POERANI f Tahitian
Means "heavenly pearl" or "divine pearl"; a combination of Tahitian poe
meaning "pearl" and rani
, which is derived from Tuamotuan rangi
POERAVA f Tahitian
Means "black pearl"; a combination of Tahitian poe
meaning "pearl" and rava
PONO m Hawaiian
From the word meaning "goodness, morality, excellence, well-being, prosperity."
POʻOKELA m Hawaiian
From the word meaning "best, superior, outstanding, greatest, supreme, utmost."
PUALEI f Hawaiian (Rare)
Means "lei of flower" or "child of blossom," from pua
meaning "flower, blossom" and lei
meaning "lei, garland, wreath, (figuratively) beloved child."
PUEO m & f Hawaiian (Rare)
From the word referring to the Hawaiian short-eared owl, the owl being one of the more famous physical forms assumed by ʻaumākua (ancestor spirits) in Hawaiian culture, which vary.
PURAU m & f Tahitian
Means "hibiscus tiliaceus" (a type of tropical and coastal flower).
RAIHAU m Tahitian
Means "heaven of peace"; a combination of Tahitian rai
meaning "heaven" and hau
RARAHU f Literature, Tahitian
French variant of Rarau
used by Pierre Loti in his popular autobiographical novel 'Le mariage de Loti' (1880), where it belongs to a native Tahitian woman who is the lover of the narrator - a French naval officer stationed on the island.
RAVAHERE f Tahitian
Means "brown love"; a combination of Tahitian rava
meaning "brown, dark, black" and here
RAVANUI f Tahitian
Means "great brown (brunette)"; from Tahitian rava
meaning "brown, dark, black" and nui
meaning "great, immense".
RUATAATA m Tahitian
Means "two people"; a combination of Tahitian rua
"two" and ta'ata
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
SĀLOTE f Tongan
Tongan form of Charlotte
. The most famous bearer of this name was Queen Sālote Tupou (1900-1965), the third monarch of the kingdom of Tonga and, so far, its only queen regnant.
SANOE f Hawaiian
Based off the Hawaiian word noe
, meaning "mist". It is the name of a famous song by Queen Liliuokalani.
TAIANUI m Tahitian
Means "great respect", a combination of Tahitian taia
"to respect, to fear" and nui
TAINI f Maori (Rare)
This is the name of Taini Morrison who was a Maori arts performer in New Zealand.
TAITEARII m Tahitian
Means "king of the sea", a combination of Tahitian tai
meaning "sea" and te ari'i
meaning "the king".
TAITO m Fijian, Samoan, Rotuman
A Polynesian/Melanesian version of Titus. Polynesian and Melanesian usage of the name came about with the introduction of the bible by white missionaries during the 1700's and 1800's. Some believe that it is an older Polynesian name though oral traditions (the ancient Pacific means of passing knowledge down through generations)do not hold any such links to ancient oral knowledge of the name Taito too far beyond the pre-colonial era... [more]
TAMAEVA f Polynesian
A famous bearer of this name is Tamaeva IV, queen of the Polynesian island of Rimatara.
TAMAHERE m Tahitian
Means "beloved child", from Tahitian tamariʻi
meaning "child" and here
TAMAKI m Maori
Maori name meaning the Auckland area of New Zealand.
TAPUNUI m Tahitian
Combination of Tahitian tapu
"forbidden" and nui
TARITA f Polynesian, English (American), Popular Culture
The name was borne by the native Polynesian actress Tarita Teriipia who became the third wife of Marlon Brando. Initial research indicates its a Sanskrit name meaning, "to overcome obstacles" but this needs further research.
TAVA'ESINA f Samoan
Derived from the Samoan tava'e
meaning "tropical bird" and sina
meaning "white, grey, silver".
TEHEIURA m & f Tahitian
Derived from Tahitian te hei 'ura
literally meaning "the red crown".
TEREAPIʻI f & m Cook Islands Maori
Means "journey to learn," derived from tere
meaning "trip, voyage, journey" and apiʻi
meaning "learn, study."
TITAINA f Tahitian
Combination of Tahitian taina
meaning "Gardenia jasminoides" (a type of flower) and the prefix ti-
TOAHERE f Tahitian
Combination of Tahitian toa
meaning "warrior" and here
TOROA f & m Maori
Derived from Maori toroa
"albatross", ultimately from Maori toro
"to stretch; to extend".
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]
TUSITALA m Samoan
This name means Teller of Tales in Samoan. It was adopted by the writer Robert Louis Stevenson when he lived on the island.
UALANI f Hawaiian
Means "rain from heaven" or "heavenly rain" in Hawaiian.
UʻILANI f Hawaiian
Means "heavenly beauty", from Hawaiian uʻi
"youthful beauty" and lani
"heaven, sky". It was popular in Hawaii from 1940-1969.
UINIRAU m Tahitian
Contracted form of the Tahitian phrase te manu ri'i 'uini rau maruao
meaning "small birds chirping at dawn".
UIRA m & f Tahitian
Contracted form of the Tahitian phrase 'anapa te uira i te 'iriātai
meaning "lighting flashing across the horizon".
ULULANI f Hawaiian
Means "heavenly inspiration" from Hawaiian ulu
"to grow, be inspired" and lani
"heaven, sky". This was the name of a ruler of Hilo.
ULUWEHI f Hawaiian
From the Hawaiian uluwehi
, "a lush and beautiful verdure; a place where beautiful plants live".
URA m & f Tahitian
From Tahitian 'ura
meaning "red" or "purple".
URAATUA m & f Tahitian
Derived from ura
meaning "red" and atua
URAMOE m & f Tahitian
Derived form ura
meaning "red" and moe
meaning "sleep, dream".
URANUI m & f Tahitian
Derived from ura
meaning "red" and nui
URAVINI m Tahitian
Combination of Tahitian 'ura
meaning "red" or "purple" and vini
meaning "black-fronted parakeet" (a type of bird found on Tahiti).
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]
VAIANA f Tahitian
Means "water cave" or "rock water" in Tahitian, from the phrase vai ana o te mato teitei
meaning "water from the cave of the high rock".
VAIANU f Tahitian
Contracted form of the Tahitian phrase Vai anu o te rua mato
meaning "fresh water from the rock hole".
VAIATA f Tahitian
Means "rain" (literally "water of the clouds"), from Tahitian vai
meaning "water" and ata
VAIATEA f & m Tahitian
Means "distant waters" from Tahitian vai
meaning "water" and atea
meaning "distant, far away".
VAITE f Tahitian
Derived from Tahitian vāite
meaning "soul, spirit".
VAITEA m Tahitian
Means "clear water"; a combination of Tahitian vai
meaning "water" and tea
meaning "white, clear".
VASA m & f Samoan
Means "(open) ocean, sea" in Samoan.
WAI f & m Polynesian, Hawaiian
From the proto-Polynesian root *waiʀ
. Means "water" in most Polynesian languages.
WAILANI f Hawaiian
Means "heavenly water" from Hawaiian wai
"water" and lani
WAIOLA f Hawaiian
Derived from Hawaiian wai
"(fresh) water" and ola
"life". It is sometimes Anglicized as Viola
WAIPUNA m Hawaiian
Meaning "spring water", from the Hawaiian elements wai
"water" and puna
"spring (of water)".
WAITARA f Maori
Derived from the Maori waitara
, possibly meaning "mountain stream" or "pure water".