Aside from being fun to say “kam-a-la,” the Indian name means “lotus” and is another name for Hindu goddess Lakshmi— who stood for prosperity, good luck, and beauty. We have a feeling the first Indian American senator, Kamala Harris, will bring good energy to government.
While she was proudly Mexican, Frida Kahlo’s first name is the derived from the German word for “peaceful”. The painter (born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón) didn’t have a peaceful life, on the flip side, she shook up gender and class paradigms.
The origin of Michelle is the Hebrew name Michael, which means “stems from God”. Former First Lady Michelle Obama is said to have revived the name into popularity for being one of the most influential (and badass) women of the 21st century.
The name Maya has a very diverse history having been used by the ancient Greeks, Indians and Central Americans. It means “illusion” which is probably why Marguerite Johnson took on the name for her acting career becoming Maya Angelou.