Female, Japanese, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Yuna is a Japanese female name with various meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • it means “night, evening” in the Ryukyu (Okinawan) dialect of Japanese (夕な);
  • yu  “wherefore, a reason, cause” + na  “Nara, what?” (由奈);
  • yu 由 “wherefore, a reason, cause” + na 那 “what?” (由那);
  • yu  “tenderness, gentleness; good, excellent, superior” + na  “Nara, what?” (優奈)
  • yu 結 “tie, bind, join, organize” + na 愛 “love, affection” (結愛)

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s ゆな and Yuuna is written as ゆうな.

Yuna is also a Korean female name, also spelled Yoona, You-na, Younha, Yeon-ah and Yoon-ah, with various meanings depending on the hanja used:

윤아 (Yuna, Yoon-Ah):

윤 (yun “delicate” + 아 (娥) a “beautiful, beauty”

윤 (允) yun “sincere, fair” +아 (兒) a, ye “child”

윤 (姸) yeon “beautiful” + 아 (兒) a, ye “child”

나 (Yuna, Yoo-Na):

유 (酉) yu “rooster (as in the Zodiac sign)”나 (奈) nae, na “but, how; endure, stand, bear”

유 (裕) yu “enough, sufficient, ample, plenty”나 (娜) na “elegant; graceful; delicate”

유 (宥) yu “forgive” + 나 (奈) nae, na “but, how, endure, stand, bear”

Yuna, also spelled Yu-Na and Yu-na, is also a Chinese name, a combination of Yu and Na with various meanings depending on the characters used:

  • yu 玉 “jade” + na 娜 “graceful, elegant, beautiful (玉娜);
  • yu 愉 “happy; pleased; delighted” + na 娜 “graceful, elegant, beautiful” (愉娜);
  • yu  “rain” + na 娜 “graceful, elegant, beautiful” (雨娜)

There are likely other meanings depending on the characters used.

Yuna is also a Breton female name, a variant spelling of Youna, feminine form of Breton Youenn, which is the Breton form of Yves meaning “yew” which comes from Proto-Germanic *īhwaz, derived from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that the name comes from a Proto-Celtic source, *iwos (yew), which is a cognate of Proto-Germanic *īhwaz. It’s also possible that Yuna is the Breton form of Irish Úna meaning “lamb”. It also seems to mean “dark water” or “dark river” in Brazilian Portuguese, derived from Tupi ‘y (water, river) and un (black)

Origin: Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Celtic, Tupi



  • Youna (Breton)
  • Yuuna (Japanese)
  • Yūna (Japanese)
  • Yoon-ah (Korean)
  • Yoon-Ah (Korean)
  • Yoona (Korean)
  • You-na (Korean)
  • Younah (Korean)
  • Yeon-ah (Korean)
  • Yu-Na (Chinese)
  • Yu-na (Chinese)



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