Names That Mean Brilliance

  1. Nia
    • Origin:

      Swahili; Welsh form of the Irish Niamh,"resolve; brilliance"
    • Meaning:

      "resolve; brilliance"
    • Description:

      Short but energetic and substantial, Nia has special meaning for African-American parents, as it's one of the days of Kwanza. Nia also benefits by its similarity to (yet differentness from) the megapopular Mia.
  2. Zohar
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "light, brilliance"
    • Description:

      Though this name is used for both boys and girls in Israel, in the U.S. it sounds decidedly masculine, with Zohara the feminine form. Has a futuristic macho feel.
  3. Ziv
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "brilliance"
    • Description:

      Also a synonym for the Hebrew month of Iyar, which usuually falls in May, would work and play well with others like Zev and Lev.
  4. Zohar
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "light, brilliance"
    • Description:

      A Top 100 name in Israel, where it is overwhelmingly feminine. Zohar is currently used equally between girls and boys in the US but is rising far more quickly for boys.
  5. Deeviya
    • Origin:

      Sanksrit, variation of Divya
    • Meaning:

      "divine brilliance"
    • Description:

      Deeviya is a variation of the popular Indian girl's name Divya ‚ itself deriving from the Sanskrit word dhivyáa meaning "divine brilliance."