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List of Original Cat Names With Their Origins and Meanings

Cat Names

Say my name, say my name, if no one is around you, say “baby I love you” If you ain't runnin' games.... 🎵

Okay, before we get too caught up with this classic song, let's discuss cat names. 

Names like Tiger, Flash, Kitty, Fluffy, and Ginger are very cool names for a cat, don't get us wrong, however, we thought it would be also very cool to make a list with some more "unusual and original" names for a cat.

If you're about to introduce a new cat to your family, and you're brainstorming name ideas, this is the most purrfect list curated just for you.

Check it out! 👇


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🎩 Cat Names for Males 

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Greek Cat Names


Powerful and beautiful. The serenity and wisdom of Ancient Greece stay alive through these wonderful names.

Greek names for female cats:


Meaning/Origin: Athena was the personification of wisdom, mathematics, handicrafts, warfare, and braveness—amongst others—in Greek Mythology. 

Athena was one of the daughters of Zeus.

Pronunciation: ah-THEE-nə

Nicknames: Tina, Theena



Meaning/Origin: Gifted 

Pandora was a mythological Greek figure that represented the first woman on planet earth.

She was very curious and that lead to opening a forbidden box that unleashed all the evils of the world. Pandora's box.

The only thing that remained in the box was hope. 

Pronunciation: pan-DOH-rah

Nicknames: Dora, Pan, Pandy



Meaning/Origin: Nyx was the personification of the night in Ancient Greece.

According to Greek mythology. Nyx gave birth to Hypnos (Sleep) and Erebus (Darkness) amongst others.

She was very powerful to the point that was feared by Zeus, King of the Mount Olympus.

Pronunciation: NIKS

Nicknames: Nicki, Ni Ni, Night



Meaning/Origin: Name of Ancient Greek origins that means "Ruler of men"

Andromeda was the daughter of the king of Ethiopia Cepheus and his gorgeous wife Cassiopeia. Andromeda was extremely beautiful too, just like the constellation that carries her name.

Pronunciation: an-DRAH-meh-də

Nicknames: Andi, Dreamy, Romy, Meda



Meaning/Origin: In Greek Mythology, Aura represents the Titan of pure air and morning breeze.

She was transformed into a fountain by Zeus.

Pronunciation: OHR-ə

Nicknames: Auri, Auree



Meaning/Origin: Ancient Greek princess, mother of Perseus.

Danae was the mother of Perseus—the hero who killed Medusa.

Pronunciation: dah-NAY

Nicknames: Danny, Nae



Meaning/Origin: Sophia is a girl's name that means wisdom in Greek. The name Sophia became popular in the Greek Orthodox church due to Saint Sophia.

Saint Sophia, had three daughters—with gorgeous names—Faith, Hope & Love.

Pronunciation: soh-FEE-ə

Nicknames: Soph, Sophie, Phia & Fifi



Meaning/Origin: Glory of the father

Yup, Cleopatra is a Greek name. Even though it was made famous by the mediatic and powerful Egyptian Queen Cleopatra VII.

Pronunciation: klee-ə-PA-trə

Nicknames: Cleo, Kleo, Queen & Clea



Meaning/Origin: Selene was considered the personification of the Moon.

The name is connected to the word "sélas" which means light in Ancient Greek.

Pronunciation: seh-LEEN

Nicknames: Seli, Lena, Lennie



Meaning/Origin: Ancient personification of the hunt, wilderness, childbirth, and protector of young girls.

Artemis, one of the most important figures in Ancient Greece, had a twin brother named Apollo.

Pronunciation: AHR-tə-mis

Nicknames: Art, Temis, Arty, Miss



Meaning/Origin: It's a beautiful name that means Lyre—a musical instrument known for its use in Ancient Greece.

Lyra is also a small constellation that contains the star named Vega, which is its brightest star.

Pronunciation: LIY-rə

Nicknames: Ly Ly



Meaning/Origin: Ancient Greek name that means: Gift of God.

Pronunciation: DOH-rə-thee

Nicknames: Dorothy, Dora, Dori, Thea, Doll


Greek names for male cats:


Meaning/Origin: Atlas means "to carry". He was a mythical Titan who bore the weight of the entire world on his shoulders.

Atlas represents patience and strength.

Pronunciation: AT-lis

Nicknames: Artie



Meaning/Origin: In Ancient Greek Mythology, Perseus was the son of Zeus and the brave hero who defeated Medusa to save Andromeda.

Pronunciation: PUR-see-əs

Nicknames: Percy



Meaning/Origin: Andreas means: He who has a strong and manly character.

Pronunciation: ahn-DREH-ahs

Nicknames: Andre, Andy



Meaning/Origin: Son of a lion in Greek. This name was made famous by Spartan King Leonidas.

Leonidas reached legendary status after the battle of Thermopylae. One of the most famous battles in ancient history.

Pronunciation: lee-oh-NIY-dəs

Nicknames: Leo, Lion, Nidas, King



Meaning/Origin: Mythological Greek personification of War.

Pronunciation: EH-rees

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: In Greek mythology, Hypnos is the personification of sleep.

Hypnos was the son of Nyx—"The Night"—and Erebus—"The Darkness". 

Pronunciation: HYP-nos

Nicknames: Sleepy, Hypno, Lazy Boy



Meaning/Origin: Achilles was a hero of the Trojan War in Ancient Greek Mythology.

Achilles was considered the greatest of all the Greek warriors.

Pronunciation: ah-KI-leez

Nicknames: Les



Meaning/Origin: A hero and son of Zeus and Alcmene in Greek Mythology.

Heracles was the greatest of all the heroes. Symbol of masculinity, courage, and strength.

Pronunciation: HEHR-ə-kleez

Nicknames: Cles



Egyptian names for female cats:


Meaning/Origin: The arrival of the beautiful one.

She was an Egyptian queen. Alongside her husband, she reigned what was considered the wealthiest period in Ancient Egypt.

Nefertiti had a lot of amazing titles including Sweet of Love, Lady of All Women, and The Most Beautiful. 

Pronunciation: nehf-ər-TEE-tee

Nicknames: Titi, Princess



Meaning: Bastet was originally a fierce lioness warrior and the personification of the sun.

She is represented as a cat-headed woman.

Pronunciation: BAHS-teht

Nicknames: Baba, Basti



Meaning: Refers to the ancient Egyptian concepts of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice.

She is represented as a cat-headed woman.

Pronunciation: mah-aht

Nicknames: Mamy, Ma



Meaning: She was one of the wives of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten.

Kiya is very mysterious since there's not so much documented about her. She had several titles including: "The Favorite" and "The Greatly Beloved".

Pronunciation: kI-yAH

Nicknames: Kiki


Egyptian names for male cats:


Meaning/Origin: The name Ramses comes from Ancient Egypt and it means "Son of Ra". "Ra" was considered the personification of the sun. 

Ramses II was one of the most celebrated Egyptian pharaohs.

Pronunciation: RAM-seez

Nicknames: Ra, Ramsy


Meaning/Origin: Osiris was the personification of fertility, agriculture, the afterlife, the dead, resurrection, life, and vegetation in Ancient Egypt.

Pronunciation: o-SIE-ris

Nicknames: Ozzy


Meaning/Origin: Ancient Egyptian name that it's said to mean "the hidden one" or "invisible".

Pronunciation: AH-mən

Nicknames: Mun



Japanese names for female cats:



Meaning: Kairi (カイリ) is a beautiful name of Japanese origin that means "the sea".

Pronunciation: KAA-iy-Riy

Nicknames: Iri, Kai



Meaning: Hanabi (ハナビ) means "fireworks" in Japanese. 

Pronunciation: HAH-NAH-BEE

Nicknames: Hana, Nabi, Nana, Bibi



Meaning: Aiko (あいこ) means "beloved child" in Japanese. 

Pronunciation: ah-ee-ko

Nicknames: -



Meaning: Hanae (花絵) means "flower painting, flower child" in Japanese. 

Pronunciation: HA-NA-EH

Nicknames: Hana, Nae, Nana



Meaning: Megumi (めぐみ) means "blessing, grace" in Japanese. 

Pronunciation: MEH-GOO-MEE

Nicknames: Mimi, Meg, Meggie, Gummy, Gummy Bear



Meaning: Akane (あかね) is a popular Japanese name that means "deep red".

Pronunciation: A-KA-NEH

Nicknames: Néné



Meaning: Izumi () means "spring, fountain" in Japanese.

Pronunciation: EE-ZOO-MEE

Nicknames: Mimi, Izu


Japanese names for male cats:


Meaning/Origin: (昭The meaning of Akira is "bright, clear, ideal".

Pronunciation: A-KYEE-RA

Nicknames: Akee



Meaning/Origin: (大輔) Japanese boy name that means "great helper".

Pronunciation: DA-EE-SOO-KEH

Nicknames: Dada, Susu



Meaning/Origin: (ユウスケ) Japanese boy name that means "assistant".

Pronunciation: DA-EE-SOO-KEH

Nicknames: Yu, Yusu



Meaning/Origin: (イッセイ) Japanese boy name that means "first-born".

Pronunciation: IHS-EYiy

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: (手裏剣) Japanese word that means "hidden hand blade".

A Shuriken was a weapon often used by the Shinobi (Ninjas) in feudal Japan.

Pronunciation: SHUR-EE-ken

Nicknames: Ken



African names for female cats:


Meaning/Origin: Name of African origin that means "tenacity".

Pronunciation: NY-ə

Nicknames: Nini



Meaning/Origin: The name Sanaa is a Swahili name of African origin that means "work of art; shining light".

Pronunciation: SA-NAA

Nicknames: Nana



Meaning/Origin: Behati is a gorgeous African name that means "blessed; she who brings happiness".

Pronunciation: bee-AH-tee

Nicknames: Bibi



Meaning/Origin: Beautiful African name that means "to be thankful". 

Pronunciation: zehn-DAY-ə

Nicknames: Zen, Daya, Zizi



Meaning/Origin: Mirembe means "woman of peace".

Pronunciation: mi-REHM-beh

Nicknames: Mimi, Bebe, Mire



Meaning/Origin: Name of African origin that means "humble woman".

Pronunciation: NAY-ray

Nicknames: Nya



Meaning/Origin: Name of African origin that means "Honor bestows a crown".

Pronunciation: shah-DAY

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Sweet but at the same time strong name that means "patience" in Swahili.

Pronunciation: soo-BEE-rah

Nicknames: Subi, Bibi


African names for male cats:


Meaning/Origin: African name that means "free man".

Pronunciation: ah-MAH-dee

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Name of African origin. Maasai means "owner of land and farms". 

The Maasai are an ethnic group inhabiting northern, central, and southern Kenya and the northside of Tanzania.

Pronunciation: MAH-sai

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Ekene means "acclaimed". It comes from the Igbo people—an ethnic group from Nigeria.

Pronunciation: eh-KEH-neh

Nicknames: Eky



Meaning/Origin: The Serengeti is a beautiful ecosystem located in the African continent, spanning northern Tanzania and some of southwestern Kenya.

The name is said to come from the word from "seringit" in the Maasai language, Maa, which means "endless plains".

Pronunciation: SERR-ən-GHET-ee

Nicknames: Sere, Geti


Chinese names for female cats:


Meaning/Origin: Mei (美) is a very sweet name that means "beautiful".

Pronunciation: MAY

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Yun () means "cloud" or "born in the clouds" in Chinese.

Pronunciation: YOON

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Liu () means "willow tree" in Chinese.

Pronunciation: LEE-yoo

Nicknames: Lili



Meaning/Origin: Yin () means "shade" in Chinese.

Pronunciation: YEEN

Nicknames: Yiyi



Meaning/Origin: Zhen () means "previous, and rare" in Chinese.

Pronunciation: ZHEN

Nicknames: -


Chinese names for male cats:


Meaning/Origin: Li (力) means "strong, powerful" in Chinese.

Pronunciation: LEE

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Jin (金) means "gold" in Chinese.

Pronunciation: CHEEN

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Jun (君) means "king" in Chinese.

Pronunciation: CHUYN

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Lian (濂) means "waterfall" in Chinese.

Pronunciation: LYEHN

Nicknames: -


Arabic names for female cats:



Meaning/Origin: Imaan (إيمان) is a gorgeous name that means "faithful" in Arabic.

Pronunciation: ee-MAN

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Latifah (لطيفة) means "kind and gentle" in Arabic.

Pronunciation: la-TEE-fah

Nicknames: Lati, Tifa, Titi



Meaning/Origin: Amina (أمينة) means "trustworthy and honest" in Arabic.

Pronunciation: ah-MEE-nah

Nicknames: Amy, Mina, Mimi, Nana



Meaning/Origin: Habiba (حبيبة) means "beloved" in Arabic.

Pronunciation: ha-BEE-bah

Nicknames: Biba, Bibi



Meaning/Origin: Layla (ليلى) means "night" in Arabic.

Pronunciation: LAY-lə

Nicknames: Lala


Arabic names for male cats:


Meaning/Origin: Hakeem (حكيم) means "wise" in Arabic.

Pronunciation: ah-KEEM

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Ali (عليّ) means "sublime" in Arabic.

Pronunciation: AH-lee

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Khalil (خليل) means "close friend" in Arabic.

Pronunciation: kah-LEEL

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Jamil (جميل) means "handsome" in Arabic.

Pronunciation: ja-MEEL

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Rakim (رقيم) means "kind" in Arabic.

Pronunciation: rə-KEEM

Nicknames: -


Roman names for female cats:


Meaning/Origin: Aurelia means "the golden one" in Latin.

Aurelia is the feminine version of the name Aurelius.

Pronunciation: ow-REH-lee-a

Nicknames: Lia, Aure



Meaning/Origin: Vita is a beautiful name with a powerful meaning. It means "life" in Latin.

Pronunciation: VEE-ta

Nicknames: Vivi



Meaning/Origin: Valentina means "strength" in Latin.

Pronunciation: va-lehn-TEE-na

Nicknames: Vale, Tina, Nana



Meaning/Origin: Valentina means "great, magnificent" in Latin.

Pronunciation: ə-GUS-tə

Nicknames: Gussie


Roman names for male cats:


Meaning/Origin: Marcus means "warlike" in Latin.

Marcus was the first name of one of the most important figures of Ancient Rome. One of the Good Emperors and a Stoic Philosopher. Marcus Aurelius is one of the most remarkable leaders in human history.

Pronunciation: MAHR-kəs

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Maximus means "greatest" in Latin.

Pronunciation: MAK-see-moos

Nicknames: Max, Maxi



Meaning/Origin: Justus means "just" in Latin.

Pronunciation: JUS-təs

Nicknames: -

 Native American Cat Names

Native American names for female cats:


Meaning/Origin: Naira means "girl with big eyes" in Aymara language.

Pronunciation: NIE-rə

Nicknames: Nana



Meaning/Origin: Dyani means "deer" in Native American. Some people claim that it comes from Cherokee. 

Pronunciation: dee-AHN-ee

Nicknames: Didi


Native American names for male cats:


Meaning/Origin: Denali means "great one" in Apache language.

Pronunciation: də-NAHL-ee

Nicknames: -



Disney names for female cats:


Meaning/Origin: Kiara means "the first ray of sun".

This beautiful name belongs to Simba's daughter. 

Pronunciation: kee-AHR-a

Nicknames: Kiki



Meaning/Origin: Lilo is a name of German origin and it means "generous one".

Lilo is the name of the super cool little Hawaiian girl character in the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch.

Pronunciation: LEE-lo

Nicknames: Lili



Meaning/Origin: Mulan (木蘭) is a name of Chinese origin that means "magnolia".

Mulan comes from a Chinese mythological ballad, in which Mulan disguises herself as a man to take the place of her father in war. Mulan is a very brave and honorable character.

Pronunciation: MOO-laan

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Magical name of African origin that means "mirage" in Swahili.

Sarabi is the mother of Simba in the legendary Disney movie The Lion King.

Pronunciation: Sah-rah-bee

Nicknames: -


Disney names for male cats:

King Louie

Meaning/Origin: King Louie was the leader of the other jungle primates, and who attempted to gain knowledge of fire from Mowgli, in order to become more human.

Pronunciation: KING LOO-ee

Nicknames: Louie, King, Monkey



Meaning/Origin: Mythological greek character that represents strength and honor.

Pronunciation: HUR-kyə-leez

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Bagheera is a black panther (black Indian leopard) who is a fictional character in The Jungle Book. The word Bagh (बाघ) means tiger in Hindi.

Pronunciation: buh-GHEER-uh

Nicknames: -




Color names for female cats:



Meaning/Origin: Jade is a bright green precious stone. It is derived from Spanish.

Pronunciation: JAYD

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Sienna is a yellow-brown earth pigment. The name is in honor of the Italian city of Siena. 

Since the Renaissance, it has been one of the most used brown color tones by artists.

Pronunciation: see-EHN-ə

Nicknames: Sisi



Meaning/Origin: A calm and beautiful color that has a seafoam blue tone.

Pronunciation: AH-kwa

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Ebony is a dark and strong type of wood from Africa. Sounds beautiful.

Pronunciation: EHB-ən-ee

Nicknames: -


Color names for male cats:


Meaning/Origin: Simple, elegant and powerful name.

Pronunciation: BLAK

Nicknames: Blacky



Meaning/Origin: Beautiful sounding color name.

Pronunciation: SIL-vər

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Strong name that fits perfectly for a cat. Hunter is a tone of dark green.

Pronunciation: HUN-tər

Nicknames: -



Meaning/Origin: Gorgeous and powerful name that represents an "off-white" colorway.

Pronunciation: HUN-tər

Nicknames: -



Historical names for female cats:

Queen Elizabeth

Who: Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603. Sometimes called the Virgin Queen, Gloriana, or Good Queen Bess.

"I may not be a lion, but I am lions cub and I have a lion's heart."
— Queen Elizabeth I

Pronunciation: KWEEN i-LIZ-ə-bəth

Nicknames: Liza, Lizzy, Beth, Queen


Marie Curie

Who: She was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and the only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice, and the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two different scientific fields.

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."
— Marie Curie

Pronunciation: mə-REE KYUR-ee

Nicknames: Mama, Mami, Curie, Marie, Genius


Ada Lovelace

Who: Ada was an English mathematician and the world’s first computer programmer. She was the first to recognize that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation and published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine.

"I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me, how the matter in question was first thought of or arrived at, etc., etc."
— Ada Lovelace

Then she also said: "I am in a charming state of confusion." 😹

Pronunciation: AY-də luhv LAYS

Nicknames: Ada, Lacy, Genius



Who: Dr. Mae Jemison became the first Black woman astronaut to travel into space in 1992. Jemison joined NASA's astronaut corps in 1987 and was selected to serve for the STS-47 mission, during which she orbited the Earth for nearly eight days on September 12–20, 1992.

"Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination."
— Mae Jemison

Pronunciation: MAY

Nicknames: -


Historical names for male cats:


Who: Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science.

He is best known to the general public for his mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc^2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation".

He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
― Albert Einstein

Pronunciation: AL-bərt

Nicknames: Albert



Who:  Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, and ceramicist who spent most of his adult life in France.

Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
― Pablo Picasso

Pronunciation: PA-blo

Nicknames: Pablo, Pablito 



Who: Isaac Newton was an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, author, and philosopher who is widely recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution.

Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.
― Isaac Newton

Pronunciation: NYOO-tən

Nicknames: -


Da Vinci

Who: Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance whose areas of interest included invention, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, paleontology, and cartography.

He has been variously called the father of paleontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
― Leonardo da Vinci

Pronunciation: dah-VIN-chee

Nicknames: Leo


Place names for female cats:


Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent, after Asia. 

The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Isthmus of Suez and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos.

Pronunciation: AF-ri-kə

Nicknames: Afri



London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom.

"London" is an ancient name, already attested in the first century AD, usually in the Latinised form Londinium; for example, handwritten Roman tablets recovered in the city originating from AD 65/70-80 include the word Londinio ("in London").

Pronunciation: LUN-dən

Nicknames: -



Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres.

It shares the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe and the continental landmass of Afro-Eurasia with both Europe and Africa.

Pronunciation: AY-zhə

Nicknames: -



Aspen is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Pitkin County, Colorado, United States.

Pronunciation: AS-pən

Nicknames: -



Florence is a city in central Italy and the capital city of the Tuscany region.

Florence was a center for medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of that era.

It is considered by many academics the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages".

Pronunciation: FLAWR-əns

Nicknames: Flora


Place names for male cats:


Kyoto is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture in Japan. Located in the Kansai region on the island of Honshu, Kyoto forms a part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kobe.

Pronunciation: kee-O-to

Nicknames: -



Memphis is a city located along the Mississippi River in southwestern Shelby County, Tennessee, United States.

Pronunciation: MEHM-fis

Nicknames: -


There are many brilliant names for cats that you can use. It's always super cool to try to find a name that you really feel and love.

It's important to understand that calling your cat many nicknames can also cause a little bit of confusion. If you'd like for example, to call your cat let's say, Layla, you can use "officially" the name Layla on Instagram as a handle but if you call your cat with the nickname La La, always call her La La when rewarding her for tricks, or when calling her, etc.

That will make your cat be familiar with that particular nickname.


Sources & more useful information to find the perfect name for your cat. 

Marie Claire - Famous women in history
Nameberry - Baby names
Behind The Name - The etymology and history of first names
Baby Name Wizard - The Name Experts
Belly Ballot - Baby Names A-Z, Meanings, Origins, & More