Rina is a multicultural name with a variety of meanings depending on its origin:
- Rina is a Hebrew female name meaning “joy, singing”;
- it’s also an Indian female name meaning “melted” or “dissolved”;
- Rina is also used as a short form of names ending in -rina such as Caterina (the Italian and Catalan form of Katherine), Ekaterina (the Russian form of Katherine) Sabrina, Karina, Marina, etc.;
- it’s also possible that Rina could be a variant spelling of Rena, a Latinate form of René(e) which means “born again” or “reborn”.
Rina is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:
- ri 莉 “jasmine” + na 奈 “Nara; what?” (莉奈);
- ri 里 “village” + na 奈 “Nara; what?” (里奈);
- ri 理 “reason, logic” + na 名 “name; reputation” (理名);
- ri 梨 “pear” + na 那 “what?” (梨那);
- ri 莉 “jasmine” + na 菜 “greens; vegetables” (莉菜)
There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s りな.
Rina is also a surname. I’m not sure of the exact origin of the surname- it’s possible that it’s a shortened form of Rinaldi, an Italian patronymic name of Rinaldo, the Italian form of Reynold meaning “advice rule”.
Origin: Hebrew, Sanskrit, Proto-Indo-European, Coptic, Japanese
- Rinat (Hebrew)
- Reena (Indian, Hindi, Marathi)
- Rena (English)