Skaidra, Skaidrė

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latvian/Lithuanian
Meaning: “clear; serene, pure.”
Lith (SKADE-dray; SKADE-rah)
Lithuanian pronunciation can be heard here

The name is derived from the Baltic element, skaidri, meaning “clear, serene, pure.”

In Lithuania, its designated name-day is April 4, while in Latvia it is February 28.

Another Lithuanian form is Skaidruolė and another Latvian form is Skaidrite.

Skaidrė is also the name of a village in Lithuania.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Estonian/Arabic
Meaning: “to wed; to marry” or “tranquil, at ease.”


The name can either be a derivative of the Estonian verb, naima, meaning “to wed; to marry” or may be an Estonian alternative to Naomi. Another Estonian form is Naimi.

The designated name-day in Estonia is January 24rd and in Sweden, November 17.

A completely different and coincidental etymology is that it is a feminine form of the Arabic male name, Na’im, meaning, “tranquil; at ease.” نعيمة

It was also the name of a famous jazz tune by John Coltrane.

It is currently borne by Estonian artist, Naima Neidre (b.1943)


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Finnish
Meaning: “calm; serene.”
(SAY-yah) Audio can be heard here:

The name seems to have been revived by a Finnish school teacher by the name of Yrjö Karilas, who gave the name to his daughter, Ester Seija Karilas (b.1917). Karilas’ claimed that he saw the name Seia, the name of an Ancient Roman goddess of crops, and it reminded him of the Finnish word seijas, meaning “calm; serene.” However, the name seems to pre-date the birth of Karilas’ daughter, as records indicate that there were at least two girls named Seija born in 1912.

Seija became the most popular female name in Finland in 1948.

Its designated name-day is December 13.