Meaning: “Morning wind.”
Nicknames: Zafa, Zafi
Meaning: “Prospers in battle.”
Pronunciation: (AWT-tuh-line); (AWT-tuh-leen)
Nicknames: Ottie, Otka, Lottie, Tola
Detail: Ottoline is a variation of Otthild, derived from ott “prosperity, fortune, riches” and hild “battle, fight”
Meaning: “Deep valley.”
Detail: Holden is an English surname which was first taken from the same English place name. It is made up of the Old English elements hol “deep, hollow” and denu “valley”.
Holden Caulfield was the main character in the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
Meaning: “A kangaroo.”
Nicknames: Ari, Inya, Rinny
Meaning: “Bringer of death; Destoyer.”
Nicknames: Sephy, Seffy, Poppy, Phee, Effy, Posy
Detail: As the story goes, one day in the valley of Enna, where spring reigns eternal, Persephone was innocently picking flowers. Hades, god of the underworld, saw her and it was love at first sight. He came charging in his chariot into the valley and snatched her away.
Demeter finally persuaded Zeus through adamant pleading, to demand for her daughter back from Hades. Hades agreed to return Persephone as long as she had not eaten anything from the underworld. (There is a permanent bond for those who consume food in the Underworld; they are bound to it eternally.) However the sly Hades, who fancied Persephone to pieces, duped her into snacking on a few pomegranate seeds.
This caused some intense arguing, but Zeus, being the crafty old mediator that he was, came up with an agreement by which Persephone could stay with Demeter in the spring and summer to help out with the botany business and then go back down to live with Hades for six months or so, creating a season for nature to take time off, winter break.
Demeter has never been satisfied with this, and that is why winters are so gaunt and cold. So you can thank Hades for when you have Jack Frost nipping at you.
Meaning: “Of Rome.”
Nicknames: Rom, Rommo, Rollo
Detail: In Roman legend Romulus and his twin Remus were the founders of the city of Rome. As soon as they were born, they were abandoned in a remote location. They were found by a she-wolf, who instead of killing them, looked after them and fed them with her milk.
Meaning: “Great warrior; lion-king.”
Nicknames: Arto, Art, Artie, Tax
Detail: Artaxes (ar-TAK-seez) is the Greek form of Persian Artachshatra. In the bible, this is the name of the son and successor of Khshayarsha as emperor of Persia. His Hebrew name is Artachshashta.
Meaning: “Song of the hero.”
Nicknames: Rod, Rodo
Detail: Rodion comes from the Greek name Heroides meaning “song of the hero” from heros “hero, warrior” and oides “song, ode”.
Rodion is the central character of Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky.
Nicknames: Sena, Seni, Senk, Senki
Meaning: “Eloquent; well-spoken.”
Nicknames: Eula, Eulie, Lali
Detail: Eulalie is the French feminine form of Latin Eulalius, meaning “well-spoken.”
“Eulalie” is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. The poem is a bridal song about a man who overcomes his sadness by marrying the beautiful Eulalie. The woman’s love has a transformative effect on the narrator, taking him from a “world of moan” to one of happiness.
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Origin: Literay – Tolkien
Meaning: “Son of red king.”
Nicknames: Rory, Mac
Detail: Possibly derived from the Gaelic rori meaning “red king” and mac “son of”
Rorimac is grandfather of Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck. He was present at Bilbo’s famous Birthday Party, and was noted as being the first to suspect that Bilbo’s disappearance at that party meant that “Mad Baggins” had gone off on another adventure. He was nearly a hundred years old at that time, and commonly known as “Old Rory”.
Meaning: “Man from Laurentum.”
Nicknames: Lozo, Enzo, Renzo, Lenzo
Detail: Italian and Spanish form of Laurentius, which meant “from Laurentum”, its name probably deriving from Latin laurus “laurel”.
Saint Laurence was a 3rd-century deacon and martyr from Rome.
In the Middle Ages this name was common in England (in a variety of spellings), partly because of a second saint by this name, a 7th-century archbishop of Canterbury.