Réka

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Hungarian
Meaning: debated
(RAY-kaw)

The name is of debated origin and meaning, sometimes believed to be derived from a Slavonic source meaning “water” or  “river” or perhaps derived from the Turkic Arikan, which has been suggested to mean “pure lady.” It was borne by the first wife of Attila the Hun, daughter of the Hun Prince Keve. The name has also appeared in Hungarian sources as Arika, Kreka, Rekam and Rika. The name is currently very popular in Hungary, coming in as the 3rd most popular female name in 2005. Diminutive forms include: Réci, Récike, Rékácska, Réki, Rékuci and Rékus.

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