Nita

Nita as an English name originated as a shortened form of names ending in nita such as Anita (a diminutive of Ana/Anna meaning “favor, grace” which ultimately derives from a Proto-Semitic root word), Juanita (diminutive of Juana, the Spanish equivalent of Joanna, the feminine form of John “Yahweh is gracious”); or Bonita, a Spanish/Portuguese word meaning “pretty, beautiful” which ultimately derives from a PIE origin.

Nita is also an Indian female name meaning “modest, correct, well-behaved” and “led, guided”.

Nita is also a Choctaw word meaning ‘bear”

Origin: Proto-Semitic; Hebrew; Proto-Indo-European; Choctaw

Meaning: a nickname for Anita “grace, favor”, Juanita “Yahweh is gracious”, or Bonita “pretty, beautiful”; an Indian female name “modest, correct, well-behaved” and “led, guided”; a Choctaw word “bear”

Usage: English, Indian, Marathi, Choctaw

Variants:

  • Neeta (Indian, Marathi)
  • Nitha (Indian, Marathi)
  • Neetha (Indian, Marathi)

Nadezhda

Nadezhda is a Russian female name meaning “hope” via Russian nadéžda наде́жда (hope, expectation)< Proto-Slavic *nadeďa (hope) which ultimately derives from a PIE origin.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “hope”

Usage: Russian, Bulgarian

Nicknames: Nadia, Nadya (Russian and Bulgarian diminutive)

Pronunciation: nu-DYEZH-də (Forvo)

Variants:

  • Nadejda (Russian, Bulgarian)
  • Nadzeya (Belarusian)
  • Naděžda (Czech)
  • Nadège (French)
  • Nadine (French, German, English)
  • Nadežda (Slovak, Serbian, Latvian)
  • Nadzieja (Polish)
  • Nadya (Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian)
  • Nadiya (Ukrainian)
  • Nadia (Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, French, Italian, Spanish, English)

Neva

Neva is a female name with a variety of meanings and origins such as:

  • it could be a shortened form of Geneva, the name of a city in Switzerland (also spelled Genava in Latin). Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, it’s often been linked to a Celtic word deriving from a PIE root word genu (bend), in the sense of a bending river or an estuary;
  • it’s also possible that Geneva could be used as a shortened form of Genevieve, which comes from French Geneviève, derived from medieval name Genovefa, a name of uncertain etymology. The first part of the name has been linked to Germanic *kunją (kin, family, clan) though it’s also possible it may derive from Celtic *genos (family, clan; birth), which both derive from the same PIE origin. The second part of the name comes from Proto-Germanic *wībą (woman; wife) though another possible source may be Common Celtic *wihu- (worthy, valuable) via Proto-Celtic *wesus (excellent, noble);
  • Neva is also the name of a river that runs from Russia to the Gulf of Finland. The name could be derived from Finnish nevo meaning “sea” though I’ve also seen it listed as coming from Finnish neva meaning “marsh”. Another possible origin is Swedish ny via Old Norse nýr meaning “new”, but those are all debatable; 
  • Neva is also a Finnish surname, a topographical name meaning “marsh” though it also means “waterway” in Karelian ( a type of Finnic language spoken in Karelia, located in Russia, and is closely related to Finnish);
  • I’ve also seen it listed as possibly meaning “snow”, which I’m guessing is somehow based on the Spanish word for snow; Nevadathe name of an American state, is based on Spanish meaning “snow; snow-covered”, so Neva could be based or used as a shortened form of it.

Origin: uncertain

Meaning: a shortened form of Geneva, linked to a Celtic word meaning “bend”, as in a bending river or an estuary; perhaps a shortened form of Genevieve perhaps meaning “woman of the family” or “born worthy”; also the name of a river that runs from Russia through Finland, of uncertain etymology; also a Finnish surname “marsh”, “waterway”; might possibly be related to the Spanish word for “snow”

Usage: English

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Niko

Niko is a masculine name, the Finnish form of Nicholas which means “victory of the people” from Greek Nikolaos made up from Ancient Greek elements nike (victory) and laos (people) both of which derive from a PIE source.

Niko is also the Croatian and Slovene short form of Nikola, the Slavic (male) form of Nicholas. However, Niko can also be used as a short form of Nicholas (also spelled Nico) or its feminine forms Nicole and Nicolette, making it a unisex name.

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

ni

  • 仁 “benevolence, humanity, charity”
  • 二 “two”
  • “you, your thou, second person”
  • “day, sun, Japan”

ko

  • “child”
  • “lake”
  • 胡 “barbarian, foreign”

There are other meanings depending on the kanji. Written in hiragana it’s にこ.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European; Japanese

Meaning: “victory of the people”; also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used

Usage: Finnish, Croatian, Slovene, Georgian, German, English, Japanese

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Variants:

  • Nico (Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese, English)

Neon

Neon is an Ancient Greek male name meaning “new” and is the name of several figures in Ancient Greece so it’s a name with a long history. The name comes from Ancient Greek néos νέος (young; youthful; new, fresh) which ultimately derives from a PIE origin.

While Neon was used as a male name in Ancient Greece, in modern times it can be used for either gender.

Neon is also the name of a chemical element with the atomic number 10; it’s also used to refer to a neon lamp and neon signs, signs that use electric lights.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “new”

Usage: Ancient Greek, English

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Variants:

  • Neo (Latin, English)