Form of Yemoja, Yoruba
"mother of fish"

Janaina Origin and Meaning

The name Janaina is a girl's name meaning "mother of fish".

Janaina is a name used by Brazilians and Caribbean people to refer to a Yoruba goddess of pregnancy and motherhood but also the Virgin Mary.

Janaina Popularity

Janaina in Pop Culture

  • Janaina is a name with African/Yoruba originsa variant of Yemonja ("Iemanjá" in portuguese). Yemonja is an orisha, a patron spirit, of the oceans and rivers, the protector of women, children, fisherman and shipwreck survivors. She is often depicted as a mermaid, and is associated with the moon, waters, motherhood, love, and healing.