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Gender: Female Pronunciation: NYE-oh Meaning of Ngaio: "reflections on the water" Origin of Ngaio: Maori tree name

Ngaio Origin and Meaning

The name Ngaio is a girl's name of Maori origin meaning "reflections on the water".

Anyone who has ever read the classic mysteries of New Zealand writer Ngaio (born Edith Ngaio) Marsh must have wondered about her name -- and how to say it (NYE-oh). It would certainly make an attention-grabbing if confusing choice. The Ngaio tree is also called the Mousehole Tree.

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Kiriko Says:

2020-04-13T09:31:05

The pronunciation given here is incorrect. Ng at the start of Ngaio is like the ng at the end of 'sing', and o in Maori makes an 'or' sound, So it's more like NGYE-or.

lesliemarion Says:

2015-02-12T01:30:50

I'd love to never teach another Maddie or Katelyn and have nothing but names like Ngaio!