The feminine form of Norse name Rune, Runa means “secret lore”. What a fun, mysterious definition! It’s also a Japanese name meaning “platinum moon”. For a 4 letter, 2 syllable name, I think it is extraordinarily beautiful and surprisingly uncommon.
Usually when I do Name of the Day I’m surprised by how much history I can find on names I consider uncommon. Runa has given me the exact opposite experience. Nameberry doesn’t even have it in their system! So if you’re looking for a name that people won’t have previous associations with, Runa is your girl!
Here is the little that I did find. Upon Googleing Runa, you will find a lot of tea! Apparently Runa LLC is a beverage company that makes and sells tea and energy drinks. It actually seems like a really good company that is giving back the Amazonian people. So you may run into people that say oh hey, I drink a tea named Runa!
Fairy Navigator Runa is an anime novel about a 4th grade klutz with special powers. Runa is also a band that plays Celtic music mixed with folk, jazz and other modern music…. which certainly sounds intriguing. Runa Laila is one of the most popular singers in South Asia.
Big thanks to Behind The Name and Wikipedia, and though Nameberry didn’t have this particular name on file, I do use them often. In case anyone is wondering my process of finding info out about these names…. I usually start at Behind the Name, their definitions and origins are typically the most accurate. I love their namesake tab but also their comments section gives me lots of good ideas! Then I usually use Wikipedia to find more information about the specifics of anything I find that intrigues me. Nameberry usually has an even bigger Namesake section so I usually stumble over their before I close things up to make sure there’s nobody super intriguing I missed!