Naia

Naia Meaning and Origin

Naia is a girl’s name of Greek, Hawaiian, origin meaning “water nymph, dolphin.” In Greek mythology, Naia (also spelled Naiad) refers to a type of nymph associated with bodies of water, such as springs, fountains, rivers, and lakes. They were considered beautiful and often depicted as young maidens. Naia is a name of Basque origin and is quite popular in the Basque region of Spain. In Basque, Naia means “wave” or “sea foam,” which again suggests a connection to water. Naia can also be traced back to Arabic origins, where it is believed to mean “desired” or “sought after.” Naia is a name that has gained popularity in Hawaii, influenced by the Hawaiian word for “dolphin.” Dolphins hold a special place in Hawaiian culture, symbolizing intelligence, grace, and playfulness. 

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