Polynesian Submitted Names

These names are used on the various Polynesian islands of the Pacific.
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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 and koa meaning "soldier, warrior, fighter."
NALU m Hawaiian (Rare)
From the word meaning "wave, surf."
NAMAKAHULALI f & m Hawaiian (Rare)
The meaning of the name is "Sparkling eyes."
NANALA f Hawaiian
Means "sunflower" in Hawaiian.
NANEA f Hawaiian
Means "fascinating" in Hawaiian. It was one of the top 100 most popular names for girls born in Hawaii in 2005.
NANEKI f Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of Nancy.
NAPO m Chamorro, Polynesian
Drived from Chamorro napo meaning "wave."
NĀPUA f & m Hawaiian
Means "the flowers," from plural definite article and pua meaning "flower, blossom."
NĀPUALANI f Hawaiian
Hawaiian feminine name meaning "the heavenly flowers".
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 meaning “the" and wai meaning "waters".
NEIHANA m Maori
Maori form of Nathan.
NGAHERE m Maori
Means "forest" in Maori.
NGAKAU f Maori
Means "heart" in Maori.
NGĀMETUA f & m Cook Islands Maori
Derived from the archaic plural article ngā and Metua.
NGĀTAMAʻINE f Cook Islands Maori
Derived from the archaic plural article ngā and tamaʻine meaning "girl, daughter, young woman."
NGĀTOKORUA m & f Cook Islands Maori
Derived from the archaic plural article ngā and tokorua meaning "partner, companion."
NGAWAIATA f Maori
Means "psalms" in Maoritanga.
NGIRALMAU m Polynesian
Means "deep part of a lagoon" in Palauan.
NOʻEAU m Hawaiian
Hawaiian masculine name meaning "clever, artistic".
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".
NOʻOROA m & f Cook Islands Maori
Means "long stay," derived from noʻo meaning "stay" and roa meaning "long."
N'SHAPIRO m Hawaiian
This comes from Noah and Shapiro. 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.
NUANUA m & f Samoan
Means "rainbow" in Samoan.
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.
OHANA f Hawaiian (Rare)
Means "family" in Hawaiian.
OLAGA m & f Samoan
Means "life" in Samoan.
OLIOLI f & m Samoan
Means "joy" in Samoan.
ONAONA f Hawaiian
Means "softly fragrant" or "gentle and sweet (as the eyes or disposition)" in Hawaiian.
ONOSAʻI f Samoan
Means "perseverance" in Samoan.
ʻŌPŪNUI f & m Hawaiian (Archaic)
Meaning "large-bellied". From Hawaiian ʻōpū "belly" and nui "big".
ORAMA f Tahitian
Means "flame" in Tahitian.
ORIATA f & m Tahitian
Meaning, "cloud dance."
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]
PALANI m Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of Frank.
PALIKAPU m Hawaiian
Means “sacred cliff” in Hawaiian.
PALILA f & m Hawaiian, Polynesian, Tahitian
Name of a bird.... [more]
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.
PARE f Maori
Maori form of Polly.
PAUAHI f & m Hawaiian
Hawaiian unisex name either meaning "consumed by fire" or "putting out fire".
PEATA f Maori
Of unknown meaning.
PELIKA f Hawaiian
Means "covenant" or "bond" in Hawaiian.
PENEKI m Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of Bennett.
PENINA f Samoan
Penina ois a samoan name. Penina means "pretty flower".
PERENIKE f Samoan
Samoan form of Veronica.
PETELO m Samoan
Samoan form of Peter.
PETERO m Tahitian
Tahitian form of Peter.
PETI f Maori
Maori form of Betty.
PIʻIKEA f & m Hawaiian
Hawaiian unisex name meaning "the life ascends".
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]
PILIALOHA f & m Hawaiian
Means "beloved companion" in Hawaiian.
PINEHAKA m Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of Phinehas.
PIPI f Maori (Rare)
Maori form of Phoebe.
PIRIHIRA f Maori
Maori form of Priscilla.
PITA m Maori
Maori form of Peter.
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 "love".
POEIVA f Tahitian
Means "brilliant pearl"; a combination of poe "pearl" and iva, a diminutive of iva iva meaning "brilliant".
POEMA f & m Tahitian
Means "pearl of the deep seas"; a combination of Tahitian poe "pearl" and "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 meaning "heaven".
POERAVA f Tahitian
Means "black pearl"; a combination of Tahitian poe meaning "pearl" and rava meaning "black".
PŌHAIKEALOHA f & m Hawaiian
Hawaiian unisex name meaning "love encircles".
POLOLA f Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of Flora.
PŌMAIKAʻI f & m Hawaiian (Rare)
From the word meaning "good fortune, blessing, profit, prosperity."
POMAIKALANI m & f Hawaiian (Rare)
Possibly meaning "apple of the heavens" in Hawaiian
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."
POPOKI f & m Hawaiian
Means "cat" in Hawaiian.
PUAITI f Tahitian
Means "small flower" in Tahitian.
PUAKAI f Hawaiian (Rare)
Means "ocean flower" in Hawaiian.
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."
PUĀWAI f Maori
Means "flower" in Maori.
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.
PUNA f & m Hawaiian (Rare)
From the word meaning "spring (of water)."
PŪNOHU m Hawaiian
Hawaiian masculine name meaning "rising mist".
PURAU m & f Tahitian
Means "hibiscus tiliaceus" (a type of tropical and coastal flower).
PURETU f Cook Islands Maori
Means "lovely, beautiful."
RĀHERA f Maori
Maori form of Rachel.
RAHITI f Tahitian
Means "sunrise" in Tahitian.
RAIHAU m Tahitian
Means "heaven of peace"; a combination of Tahitian rai meaning "heaven" and hau meaning "peace".
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.
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.
RASIELLA f Polynesian
The name Rasiella comes from the name for "beautiful flower"... [more]
RAURII f Tahitian
Means "small leaf" in Tahitian.
RAVAHERE f Tahitian
Means "brown love"; a combination of Tahitian rava meaning "brown, dark, black" and here meaning "love".
RAVANUI f Tahitian
Means "great brown (brunette)"; from Tahitian rava meaning "brown, dark, black" and nui meaning "great, immense".
RAWIRI m Maori
Maori form of David.
RENĀTĀ m Maori
Maori form of Leonard.
REVA f & m Tahitian
Meaning, "firmament."
REVAITI m & f Tahitian
Means "little flag" in Tahitian.
REVANUI m Tahitian
Means "big flag" in Tahitian.
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 Lily.
RIRIPETI f Maori
Maori form of Lilibeth.
RŌPATA m Maori
Maori form of Walter.
ROSELANI f Hawaiian
Older form of Lokelani.
ROSI f Polynesian, Melanesian
Polynesian and Melanesian form of Rosie.
RUATAATA m Tahitian
Means "two people"; a combination of Tahitian rua "two" and ta'ata "human".
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.
RURU m Maori
Means "owl" in Maori.
RUTU f Maori (Rare)
Variant of Ruta.
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.
SAOFA'I f Samoan
Samoan form of Sophie.
SATINA f Polynesian
From the matrial satin, meaning soft and gentle.
SECHELEI m & f Polynesian
Means "friend" in Palauan.
SEINI f Tongan
Tongan form of Jane.
SEMIS m Samoan
Samoan form of James.
SIAOSI m Tongan, Samoan
Tongan and Samoan form of George.
SIFA m Tongan
Short form of Siosifa.
SINA f Polynesian Mythology, Samoan
The name of a number of figures in Samoan mythology. It is derived from sina meaning "white" or "grey haired".
SINALEI f & m Samoan
"Lei of flowers"
SIOLA'A f Tongan
Means "sunflower" in Tongan.
SIONE m Tongan, Samoan
Tongan and Samoan form of John.
SIOSEFA m Tongan
Tongan form of Joseph.
SIOSIFA m Tongan
Tongan form of Joseph.
SIOSIUA m Tongan
Tongan form of Joshua.
SIUA m Tongan
Short form of Siosiua.
SOSEFINA f Tongan, Chuukese
Tongan and Chuukese form of Josephine.
SUELEB f Polynesian
Means "noon" in Palauan.
TAAI m & f Polynesian
Means "sun" in Gilbertese.
TAARI m & f Polynesian
Means "sea" in Gilbertese.
TABUANG m Polynesian
Means "holy wind" in Gilbertese.
TAEAO f Samoan
Means "dawn, morning" in Samoan.
TAENGA f Maori
Means "arrival" in Maori.
TAIANUI m Tahitian
Means "great respect", a combination of Tahitian taia "to respect, to fear" and nui "great, immense".
TAIKA m Maori
Means "tiger" in Maori.... [more]
TAIMANE f Samoan
Means "diamond" in Samoan.
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.
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]
TALA m & f Samoan
Means "story" in Samoan.
TALALELEI f Samoan
Means "good news" in Samoan.
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 "love".
TAMAKI m Maori
Maori name meaning the Auckland area of New Zealand.
TAMARUA m Cook Islands Maori
Means "second child," from tama meaning "child" and rua meaning "two."
TANIELA m Fijian, Tongan
Fijian and Tongan form of Daniel.
TANRAKE m Polynesian
Means "ocean" in Gilbertese.
TAPUARII m Tahitian
Derived from tapu meaning "sacred" and ari'i meaning "king".
TAPUNUI m Tahitian
Combination of Tahitian tapu "forbidden" and nui "earth".
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.
TARIU m Maori
Maori form of Thaddeus.
TATARO m Polynesian
Means "prayer" in Gilbertese.
TAVA'ESINA f Samoan
Derived from the Samoan tava'e meaning "tropical bird" and sina meaning "white, grey, silver".
TAVITA m Tongan
Tongan form of David.
TEANUANUA m Tahitian
Means "the rainbow" in Tahitian.
TEBEN m Polynesian
Means "coconut" in Gilbertese.
TEHEIURA m & f Tahitian
Derived from Tahitian te hei 'ura literally meaning "the red crown".
TEMUERA m Maori
Transferred use of the surname Temuera.
TENAMA f Polynesian
Means "lagoon" in Gilbertese.
TENAO m Polynesian
Means "the wave" in Gilbertese.
TENII f Polynesian
Means "coconut tree" in Gilbertese.
TEORI m & f Maori
TĒPENE m Maori
Maori form of Stephen.
TEREAPIʻI f & m Cook Islands Maori
Means "journey to learn," derived from tere meaning "trip, voyage, journey" and apiʻi meaning "learn, study."
TEREMOANA f & m Cook Islands Maori
Derived from tere meaning "trip, voyage, journey" and moana meaning "ocean."
TEVA m Tahitian
Means rain, name of a tribe.
TEVAI m Tahitian
Means "water" in Tahitian.
TEVAIRAI m & f Tahitian
Means "the celestial water" in Tahitian.
TEVITA m Tongan, Fijian
Tongan and Fijian form of David.
TIAHO f Maori
Means "shining" or "shine" in Maori.
TIHANI f Polynesian
Tahitian
TIHOTI m Tahitian
Tahitian form of John.
TITAINA f Tahitian
Combination of Tahitian taina meaning "Gardenia jasminoides" (a type of flower) and the prefix ti- meaning "small".
TĪWATA f Maori
Means "pale" in Maori.
TOA m Maori
Means "warrior" in Maori.
TOAHERE f Tahitian
Combination of Tahitian toa meaning "warrior" and here meaning "love".
TOMASI m Tongan, Melanesian, Fijian
Tongan form of Thomas.
TOROA f & m Maori
Derived from Maori toroa "albatross", ultimately from Maori toro "to stretch; to extend".
TOROMONA m Tahitian
Tahitian form of Solomon.
TOWEE m Polynesian
Originates in Puerto Rico from the word "tougue"
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]
TUKI m Tahitian
Means "heartbeat" in Tahitian.
TURIA f Tahitian
The name of model Turia Mau.
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".
ULANNI f Polynesian
Variant of Ulani.
ULI m & f Hawaiian
Masculine form and feminine short form of Uliuli.
ULIULI f Hawaiian
Means "blue" in Hawaiian.
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".
UPOKOʻINA m & f Cook Islands Maori
Derived from upoko meaning "head" and ʻina meaning "grey hair(ed)"
UPUMONI f Samoan
Means "truth" in Samoan.
URA m & f Tahitian
From Tahitian 'ura meaning "red" or "purple".
URAATUA m & f Tahitian
Derived from ura meaning "red" and atua meaning "god".
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 meaning "big".
URAVINI m Tahitian
Combination of Tahitian 'ura meaning "red" or "purple" and vini meaning "black-fronted parakeet" (a type of bird found on Tahiti).
VAËA f French (Modern, Rare), Polynesian
Meaning unknown. Possibly a French variant of Vaea.
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 meaning "cloud".
VAIATEA f & m Tahitian
Means "distant waters" from Tahitian vai meaning "water" and atea meaning "distant, far away".
VAIREA f Tahitian
Means "sparkling water" in Tahitian.
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".
VANIMONIMO m & f Samoan
Means "expanse of sky, firmament" in Samoan.
VASA m & f Samoan
Means "(open) ocean, sea" in Samoan.
VASALOLOA f Samoan (?)
Vasaloloa comes from Samoa, meaning 'ocean' or 'ocean water'.
VETEA m Tahitian
Means "to be open" in Tahitian.
VIKOLIA f Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of Victoria.
VILIAMI m Tongan
Tongan form of William.
WAATA m Maori
Variant of Wāta.
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 "heaven, sky".
WAIOLA f Hawaiian
Derived from Hawaiian wai "(fresh) water" and ola "life". It is sometimes Anglicized as Viola.
WAIOLANI m Hawaiian
Means "heavenly water" in Hawaiian.
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".
WALENEKINA f Hawaiian
Hawaiian translation of Valentina.
WALONIKA f Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of Veronica.
WĀTA m Maori
Maori form of Walter.
WIKITŌRIA f Maori
Maori form of Victoria.
WILIAMA m Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of William.
WIRARA f Polynesian
Means "rainbow" in Gilbertese.