[view·edit·purge]Shinra comes from the first two characters of Shinra Banshou (神羅万象, Everything Covered by God?), a Japanese four-character idiom and homophone variant of Shinra Banshou (森羅万象, All-Covering Forests and Ten Thousand Things?), a Buddhist idiom which has come to mean "All of Nature" or "All of Creation".
[view·edit·purge]Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. It was derived from the Phoenician letter "aleph," and it is the source of the Latin and Cyrillic letter "A." In English, alpha is a noun that means "beginning" or "first (in a series)."