Kanna

Kanna is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

kan

  • “bookmark”
  • “ring, circle, wheel”
  • “tolerant, lenient, generous”
  • “god, deity”
  • “citrus fruit”
  • “joy, delight, pleasure”
  • “daring, brave, bold”

na

  • “greens, vegetables”
  • “what”
  • “Nara; what”
  • “calm, lull” (na(gi)
  • “south”

There are other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s かんな while it can also be written in katakana as カンナ.

Kanna (寛和) is also the name of a Japanese era that lasted for two years (985-987). The kanji that make up the name can also be read as Hirokazu meaning “gentleness, harmony”, as well as the name of a type of Japanese plane, a wood-working tool.

Kanna (also spelled channa and canna) is also the name of a succulent plant in South Africa (also known as Sceletium tortuosum) that has been used for centuries as a mood enhancer, able to relieve stress and anxiety as well as induce feelings of euphoria; and can be either smoked, chewed, or brewed as a tea. The kanna plant is also known as Kougoed in Afrikaans meaning “something to chew” or “a thing to chew on”.

Kanna is also another name for Platysace cirrosa (also known as karna), a perennial herb found in Western Australia. Kanna is the Noongar name for the plant, the Noongar being Aboriginal Australians.

Kanna (also known as ganna) is also another name for Caroxylon aphyllum, a species of shrub found in the Karoo region of South Africa.

Kanna is also the name of a town in ancient Lycaonia (what is now modern-day Turkey) as well as the name of a village in southern Poland.

Kanna is also the Haitian Creole word for “duck”.

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used; also the name of a Japanese era and a Japanese plane (wood-working tool); the name of a succulent plant in S. Africa and a shrub, a perennial herb in W. Australia, as well as the name name of a town in Ancient Lycaonia and a village in Poland; also a Haitian Creole word “duck”

Usage: Japanese

Placido

Placido is the Italian and Spanish form of Late Latin Placidus meaning “quiet, calm, placid, gentle” (technically Plácido is the Spanish form of Placidus).

Placido is also an Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “quiet, calm, placid, gentle”

Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese

Variants:

  • Placidus (Late Roman)
  • Plácido (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Placide (French)
  • Placid (English)

Female forms:

  • Placida (Late Roman, Italian)
  • Plácida (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Placide (French)
  • Placid (English)

Serena

Serena is a Late Roman given name, the feminine form of Serenus which derives from Latin serenus meaning “clear, tranquil, serene”, originally used  to refer to clear, calm weather, and, figuratively, “cheerful, glad, joyous”. Though the origin of the word is uncertain it has been linked to PIE root word *ksero- (dry).

Serena is also an Italian and Catalan surname originating from the given name.

Serena could also be used as a Japanese female name (also spelled Serina) with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • seri  “parsley” + rei  “wise” + na  “greens; vegetables” (芹怜菜);
  • sei  “eventide; tide; salt water” + rei  “wise” + na  “greens; vegetables” (汐玲菜);
  • se  “world, society; generation” + rei  “manners, etiquette; bow, salute” + na  “Nara, what?” (世礼奈);
  • se  “rapids, current” + rei  “order, command, decree” + na  “Nara, what?” (瀬令奈);
  • se  “rapids, current” + ren  “attach; love; romance” + na  “Nara, what?” (瀬恋奈)

Written in hiragana it’s せれな. Serena is also written as セレナ in katakana.

Origin: uncertain, possibly Proto-Indo-European; Japanese

Meaning: from a Late Roman name “clear, tranquil, calm”; as a Japanese name, it has a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used in Japanese

Usage: English, Late Roman, French, Spanish, Italian, Catalan

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Variants:

  • Serina (English, Japanese)
  • Sarina (English, Dutch)
  • Serrena (English)
  • Serene (English)
  • Séréna (French)

Male forms:

  • Serenus (Late Roman)
  • Sereno (Italian)
  • Serene (English)