Rinoa Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Lenore:
Short form of Elenore, a variant of Eleanora (light, torch, bright).
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From one of the Final Fantasy Games. My daughters name is Rinoa. It is as unique as she is. A lot of people try to pronounce it Rinella! But its just like Noahs ark with a R at the front. We call her Rinbug.
We also named our daughter this, and as previously said, most people unfortunately have a hard time pronouncing it. The most common mis-pronounciation for us is Rinola. Didn't think 5 little letters would be so hard! Our nicknames for her seem to help though...Rin, Noa, and our favorite, Rinny.
As I am a "Rinoa" I have lived with being called granola,Rinola,Rinona, Etc... So people spell me name R-i-n-o-a-h .. They were soo close... Lol... Anyways... My mom called me Rinoa of of Rinoa Heartily... I guess that's all.
Our daughter is Rinoa. People do have trouble reading her name often adding an extra n or L but when ever someone hears us say it aloud they always tell us how gorgeous and unique it is. We call her Noa or Noa Noa
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Rin, Rinny, or Noa
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Variation of Lenore. Meaning: Light.
Not sure how accurate this is, but I read that a developer for the Final Fantasy 8 game actually meant to name the Rinoa character Lenore, but the closest they could come in Japanese characters was "Rinoa." (I don't think the Japanese language has the "L" sound...think about why many native Japanese change their "Ls" to "Rs" when speaking English). When the game was brought to the U.S. the translators left it as Rinoa instead of changing it back.
I’ve read it could be a variation of the Irish name Riona meaning queenly or royal.
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In the video game Final Fantasy VIII, Rinoa was the female lead and gained sorceress-like powers.