The Many Names of the Mermaid – Russia, Asia, India and the Philippines reviewed by AquaTails. For those who want to add more depth to your mermaid costume, mermaid tail for swimming, persona or mermaid cosplay, or just for fun, this is a series of mermaid names used around the world and throughout history. Have fun!
Russia – Rusalka
China and Japan – Ningyo. The Japanese and Chinese characters for mermaid literally mean “fish-person”. In Japan women who dived nude for food on the sea floor were called Ama, which means sea-woman. These same women in Korea were called Haenyo. In China these women divers were called Dragon Wives. (They were very independent women, the breadwinner of the family.)
India – there is a Hindu legend of a beautiful mermaid called Sovann Matcha
Philippines – Sirena and Siyokoy