Gaston


Absorbed in Robinson Crusoe by Collinson

Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Wrathful.”

Pronunciation: (gas-TONH)

Nicknames: Stone, Gato, Tony

Detail: Gaston serves up a bit of trouble as the main antagonist of Disney’s film Beauty and the Beast.

Female Variation:

  • Gastonia

Neva


March Snow (1904) by Igor Grabar

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin; Old English; French

Meaning: “Snow, new, juniper tree.”

Pronunciation: (NEE-vah)

Nicknames: Neve

Detail: Neva is derived from the Latin word neve meaning “snow”.

A different derivation of Neva is from the Old English word neowe which means “new”

Another origin of Neva is from the Old French Geneva meaning “juniper tree”

Peirene; Pirene


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “The tying; fastening one.”

Pronunciation: (PEY-reh-nee); (pih-REH-nee)

Nicknames: Pay, Pira, Rene

Detail: Daughter of the river god. Pirene was a nymph in Greek and Roman mythology whose unending grief for the loss of her son transformed her into a fountain near Corinth.

Arlo


The Half Holiday, Alec home from school by Elizabeth Adela Stanhope Forbes

Gender: Masculine

Origin: English / Spanish / Germanic

Meaning: “A man, barberry tree, fortified hill.”

Pronunciation: (AR-loh)

Nicknames: Ar, Arl, Lo

Detail: There are several origins of the name:
An Italian variant of the German Charles meaning “man”
The Spanish word for the “barberry tree”
An Old English variant of Harlow, derived from the Anglo-Saxon words here and hlaw meaning “army hill”

Zorya


A girl plays with a tame wolf in the village of Nadbiarezha

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Ukrainian

Meaning: “Rising star.”

Pronunciation: (ZOHR-yah)

Nicknames: Zori, Zor, Zora, Zoro

Detail: The future of our universe rests in the hands of three young women, the Zorya. The most important task of these heavenly Slavic stunners is to guard over the doomsday dog who tries to eat the constellation Ursa Minor (the little bear). If the dog ever breaks free from the chain, the universe will end.

In ancient Slavic mythology, the Zorya are the guardian goddesses of sky and light. There was the morning star (Utrennyaya); the evening star (Vechernyaya); and the midnight Zorya (Polunochnaya).

Idunn


Idun by Arthur Rackham

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Ever young; rejuvenator.”

Pronunciation: (EE-doon) [“oo” short like in “book”]

Detail: In Norse mythology Idunn is the goddess of spring and wife of Bragi. She is the keeper of the apples of the gods. Whoever eats of these apples will be granted eternal life and youth.

Variations:

  • Idonea
  • Idonia
  • Idony (ID-uh-nee)
  • Idun
  • Idunn
  • Ithun (EE-thoon)
  • Ydun

Frigga


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Beloved lady; to love.”

Detail: Old Norse Frigg, Old Saxon Fri, and Old English Frig are derived from Germanic Frijjō. The root also appears in Old Saxon fri which means “beloved lady”, in Swedish as fria “to propose for marriage” and in Icelandic as frjá which means “to love.”

TGIF TFIF (Thank Frigg It’s Friday!) 😉

Yes, Friday came from the Old English frīgedæg, meaning the day of Frigg. In most Germanic languages the day is named after Freyja, such as Frīatag (Old High German), Freitag (Modern German), Freyjudagr (Old Norse), Vrijdag (Dutch), Fredag (Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish)—but Freyja and Frigg are frequently identified with each other.

Frigg is a major Norse goddess, queen of Asgard (Norse God Headquarters). Frigg appears mainly in mythological stories as wife of Odin and a mother of Baldur. She is also has the power of foresight, yet she never reveals what she knows to anyone.

Miranda


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Adorable.”

Pronunciation: (mih-RAN-da)

Nicknames: Mira, Miri, Mia,

Detail: The name is derived from the root word mirari “to admire; to wonder at”; it was invented by Shakespeare for the daughter of Prospero in his play The Tempest.

Miranda is the smallest and innermost of Uranus’ five major moons.

Gawain


Beheading of the Green Knight, Cotton Nero

Gender: Masculine

Origin: Welsh

Meaning: “White hawk of battle.”

Pronunciation: (GOW-wihn)

Detail: Gawain is King Arthur‘s nephew and a Knight of the Round Table. He is one of a select few of the Round Table members to be referred to as the greatest knight. And he is quite a chivalrous knight, most notably in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Avdotya


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Russian from Greek

Meaning: “Pleasure; delight; to seem well.”

Pronunciation: (ahv-DOHT-yah)

Nicknames: Ava, Avda; Duni

Detail: Russian variation of the Greek Eudokia.

Dunja is a diminutive form of Avdotya.

Dunja also means “quince” in the South Slavic languages, a quince being a type of fruit.

In Crime and Punishment, Avdotya is as clever, proud, and beautiful as her brother Rodion, the protagonist, but she is also ethical and kindhearted. She is called Dunya (DOON-yah), Dounia or Dunechka for short.

Ask


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Of the ash tree.”

Pronunciation: (ahsk)

Detail: From the Germanic element ask meaning “ash-tree”

According to Norse mythology, the first humans were carved from trees by Odin and his brothers Vili and Ve. They cut down an Ash tree and from it made the first man, Ask. From an elm tree they carved the first woman, Embla.