The name "Tifa" (Pronounced as tee-fah) does not seem to have any specific origins. One conclusion I reached is that it could be derived from the African name 'Latifah', meaning "elegant". It could also be a shorter form of the Greek name 'Tiffany', which means "trinity". The "trinity" could be related to Cloud, Tifa, and Aerith. However, I have read that Tifa is derived from 'Tiferet', which is the central aspect of the Tree of Life -- known as the Sephiros in Kabbala, which has origins in Jewish mysticism (this is where Sephiroth's name originates). The Tiferet supposedly represents beauty, balance, and love. Kabbalists believe that Tiferet symbolizes self-sacrifice and "the will to carry one's neighbor's cross". This aspect relates to Tifa very well, because Tifa's love is what helped Cloud put his memories back in order. On Tarot cards, Tiferet is pictured as a heart (this can be related to Lockheart), and sometimes as an angel (this can be related to Tifa's Seventh Heaven bar and Final Heaven limit break).
The last name "Lockheart" is Scottish in origin. In the context of Final Fantasy VII, 'Lockheart' refers to Tifa's "locked heart" and her secret love for Cloud.
Tifa's name in Japanese is written in Katakana. This alphabet is used to write words that are not Japanese in origin.
Tifa: Reading left to right, the first character is "Te". There is no "Ti" sound in Katakana, so the small "i" character following the "Te" indicates a 'slide' from the "Te" to "i", creating the "Ti" sound. The third character is "Fu", and the small "a" following that also indicates a slide, in this case producing the "Fa" sound. Note that "Fa" and "Ha" sound almost alike in Japanese.
Lockheart: Reading left to right, the first character is "Ro". There is no "Lo" character, because "R" and "L" sound almost exactly the same and are often used interchangably. The second character, a small "Tsu", indicates a double consonant in whatever character follows -- in this case, it is a "Ku". So, this first part would be pronounced "rock-ku". The fourth character is "Ha" and the fifth character is a dash, indicating that the "a" in "Ha" is stretched. The last character is "To". All together, this name would be pronounced "rock-ku-haa-toh". Said out loud, it is how the Japanese pronounce "Lockheart".
I've never heard Ti-fa, I allways used tee fuh
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How come most everytime I post somewhere no one ever responds to me. :(
[color=darkgreen]It's not that we don't reply, it's just that I've been dead up until recently. As for everyone else, well I can't vouch for them, so oh well. :D [/color]
I don't think anyone can argue a decent argument against the argument that I have posted about why it is pronounced tee-fuh. :naughty: