11 Māori Names with its Unique Meaning

Every language displays its simplicity and authenticity. Just like Te Reo Māori that has some of the most beautiful words and equally gorgeous meanings behind them. This indigenous New Zealand language has provided us a lot and hence below are some of the words and their meaning behind them of the Te Re Maori:

1. Aroha

Aroha

The word Aroha implies ‘love, empathy and compassion’ just like one should be! It is a girl’s name and the way to pronounce it is by stressing enough on the r’s, pronounce: Aroha as ah-roh-huh.

2. Ataahua

Ataahua

The word Ataahua implies ‘beautiful’ which is also considered to a girl’s name.

3. Whetū

Whetū

You know the girl is going to be one when even her name implies Whetu meaning ‘star’. Sometimes it is also used to describe celestial bodies like comets. Pronunciation is as follows: wh’ in Whetu with a soft ‘f’ sound.

4. Kahurangi

It might be ambiguous to understand someone’s gender based on this particular name as it might be used for both boy and girl. Kahurangi has multiple meanings such as ‘blue’, ‘prized’, or ‘precious’.

5. Moana

Moana
Moana

Another girl’s name that you might be familiar with is Moana that means ‘ocean’ or sea. It is also a very renowned animated Disney movie. The pronunciation goes like moh-ah-nah.

6. Ngaio

Ngaio

This name Ngaio means someone who is ‘clever’ and ‘professional’, you might have heard it before somewhere if you listen to too much news and crime. While pronouncing it think of the New Zealand writer Dame Ngaio Marsh wherein the name Ngaio the letter ‘g’ is silent and the word Ngaio is pronounced as nai-oh.

7. Tangaroa

Tangaroa
Tangaroa

A boy’s name in general, Tangaroa means the god of sea and fish. It is pronounced as than-gah-roh-uh.

8. Rongo

Rongo
Rongo

Another word with different meanings like ‘Saturn’ and ‘peace after war’, Rongo is a boy’s name and is pronounced as ron-go.

9. Marama

Marama

Another girl’s name, Marama implies the ‘moon’, as well as ‘brightness’ or ‘clearness’. It is pronounced as mah-ruh-muh.

10. Tāne

Tāne
Tāne

Meaning ‘man’, the name Tane is given to the Maori and the Polynesian god of the forest. It is pronounced as taah-neh.

11. Tāwhiri

Tāwhir
Tāwhir

A very inviting name, Tawhiri is a call of welcome in the Maori mythology which also means that in the mythology Tawhiri-matea is the god of rain, hail, snow, winds, clouds, and storm. It is a boy’s name and is pronounced as taah-fee-ree.

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