Vaiana Meaning and Origin

Vaiana is a girl’s name of Tahitian, Polynesian, Maori origin, meaning “sea cave.” In Polynesian cultures, the name Vaiana (pronounced vah-yah-nah) carries different meanings depending on the specific island and language. For instance, in Maori, it can mean “water cave” or “deep sea,” while in Tahitian, it is associated with the concept of “ocean breeze” or “clear water. The name Vaiana is commonly associated with the character from the Disney animated film “Moana” released in 2016. It’s worth noting that while the name Vaiana gained popularity after the release of the film, it has been used in Polynesian communities prior to its association with the Disney character. 

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