Love names

Love is another name many people think sounds strange in English, but which they don’t mind so much in other languages. Here are some names with the word “love” in the meaning.

Unisex:

Caron, a Welsh name derived from caru, “to love.”

Chikondi is Chewa, a Bantu language spoken in Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.

Fumnanya means “love me” in Igbo, a language spoken in Nigeria and parts of Equatorial Guinea.

Kealoha means “the loved one” in Hawaiian.

Rudo is Shona, a Bantu language spoken in Zimbabwe.

Female:

Amandine, the French form of Amanda, which means “lovable” or “worthy of love.” When names get really popular, similar-sounding names tend to replace them, but that hasn’t been the case with Amandine after Amanda got super-popular.

Ahavah is Hebrew.

Angharad means “more love” in Welsh.

Aroha is Maori.

Carita means “dearness/love/esteem” in Spanish.

Cinta is Indonesian.

Dilan is Turkish.

Ife is Yoruba, a language spoken in Nigeria.

Jorunn means “horse-lover” in Norwegian, derived from the Old Norse name Jórunnr.

Kasih is Indonesian.

Kerensa is Cornish.

Lempi is Finnish.

Lerato is Sotho, a Southern Bantu language spoken in South Africa and Lesotho.

Libena and Libuše are Czech.

Lyubov is Russian, and apparently considered an old lady name nowadays. The basic nickname forms are Lyuba and Busya.

Ljuba is the Czech, Slovenian, Macedonian, Serbian, and Croatian version, with the basic nickname form Ljubica.

Nayeli means “I love you” in Zapotec, an indigenous Mexican language.

Priti means “love, joy, pleasure” in Sanskrit.

Sevda is Azeri and Turkish.

Sevgi is Turkish.

Sirvard means “love rose” in Armenian.

Widad is Arabic.

Yua is a Japanese name composed of the elements yu (bind, tie) and a (affection, love). As with just about all Japanese and Chinese names, there can be many other meanings depending upon which characters are used. I’d love to feature more Japanese names, but it’s kind of hard when there are so many meanings and elements for each name!

Male:

Amadeo means “love of God” in Italian. Amédée is the French form, Amadej is Slovenian, and Amadeus is Latin.

Carwyn is Welsh for “blessèd love.” And yes, I know it may seem super-pretentious how I usually use an accent grave in the words blessèd, belovèd, and learnèd.

Kama means “desire” and “love” in Sanskrit.

Lubomír means, roughly, “world-lover” or “peace-lover” in Czech. Luboš is the basic nickname form.

Lyuben is Bulgarian.

Medad is Hebrew.

Prem means “affection” and “love” in Sanskrit.

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2 thoughts on “Love names

  1. I like your accent grave. It changes how I read the word. (And it makes me think of Shakespeare, who had certain words accented “oddly” due to the rhythm of iambic pentameter.)

  2. Other names that mean love are Ai (love, affection), Aiko (love, affection + child) and Aimi (love, affection + beautiful), Aika (love, affection + song), Aina (love, affection + vegetables), Airi (love, affection + jasmine or love, affection + pear, depending on the kanji). But it’s like you said, the meaning all depends on the kanji used. I’ve always found Japanese names fascinating in how a single name can possess a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used.

    Habib and Habiba could also be listed in the love category since they mean “beloved, darling” or “sweetheart” and habibi (male)/habibiti (female) is used as a term of endearment either between friends in a non-romantic way, or between sweethearts in a definite romantic way.

    Eros means “love” in Greek as well, and he is the Greek god of love, though I suppose a lot of people would see the name and think erotic. I always think of actor Eros Vlahos, who was in the second Nanny McPhee film as well as on the TV show Da Vinci’s Demons.

    Philos means “lover, friend” and Agape is another Greek name meaning “love”.

    Sorry for such a long comment! I guess I got a little overexcited.

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