Meaning: "Archery bow" or "beautiful bow"
Other forms: Yumiko
As with every Japanese name, depending on what kanji you use, this name could mean anything from "friend" to "freedom". It is very pretty and could be easily used in English speaking countries. Archery is a long surviving sport; The first mention of a bow and arrow being used in Europe was in 10,000-9000 BC. Gods and Goddesses like Artemis, Apollo, Diana, and Cupid are all archers and many heroes from various mythologies are as well. And who could forget Robin Hood?
Today it is mostly used as sport in competitions or for fun, not for actual hunting, though there are a few who still hunt with bows, they are called bowhunters. There doesn't appear to be many famous female archers in history, though there are a few today like Charlotte Burgess, Natalia Valeeva, Melissa-Jane Daniel, and Justyna Mospinek. There is a few female archers in literature, like Susan Pevensie, the eldest daughter from the "Narnia" books and movies, and now Katniss Everdeen from "The Hunger Games".
Oh wow, I've heard of Yumi before, but never realised what her meaning was! Crazy, huh?ReplyDelete
I love this name; it sounds so happy!ReplyDelete