Meaning: “Mountain goat.”
Pronunciation: (AHR-wah) (when I hear it pronounced it sounds like AIR-wah)
Nicknames: Nim, Moon
Detail: A moon goddess who was sometimes called Lady of the Lake. The Lady of the Lake is usually referred to by various spellings of the names Nimue or Vivienne.
Nimue is thought to be related to Mneme, the shortened form of Mnemosyne, one of the nine water-nymph Muses of Roman and Greek Mythology who gave weapons, not unlike Arthur‘s sword, to the heroic Perseus.
Origin: Native American
Meaning: “Circling around.”
Nicknames: Noot, Nutella
Detail: When James Cook (British explorer) first encountered the villagers at Yuquot in 1778, they directed him to “come around” (in their language “nootka”) with his ship to the harbour. Cook interpreted this as the name of their tribe. In 1981 the term Nuu-Chah-Nulth (meaning “all along the mountains”) was chosen as the new name of the tribe.
Meaning: “Voyager, traveller.”
Pronunciation: (VEE-ah-triks); (VAHY-ah-triks)
Nicknames: Vi, Via
Detail: Earlier form of Beatrix.
Viatrix is a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator (VAHY-ah-tor) which meant “voyager, traveller”.
Viatrix or Beatrix was a 4th-century saint who was strangled to death during the persecutions of Diocletian.
Nicknames: Oene (ee-nee)
Detail: In Greek mythology, Oenone (or Oinone) was a naiad (of the water) nymph. She was the first wife of Paris, until he abandoned her when Aphrodite awarded him the hand of Helene in marriage. Later during the Trojan War when Paris had been wounded by the poisoned arrow of Philoktetes, he sought her healing skills, but Oenone, remembering his past treatment of her, would not heal him, so he was taken back to Troy. Oenone, meanwhile, with a change of heart, left to Troy to find and heal him; when she found him dead she hanged herself.
Meaning: “Glistening, shining.”
Nicknames: Ar, Argo, Gus
Detail: Derived from the Greek argos meaning “glistening, shining”.
In Greek myth this name belonged to both the man who built the Argo and a man with a hundred eyes.
In the Harry Potter series Argus Filch is the caretaker of Hogwarts School.
Meaning: “Vendor of sewing materials.”
Nicknames: Mer, Mero
Detail: Transferred use of the surname, in origin an occupational name for a trader of sewing materials (Old French mercier, from Late Latin mercarius, a derivative of merx meaning “merchandise”).
Nicknames: Avo, Vito
Detail: From a Roman family name which meant “ancestral” in Latin. This was the name of an emperor who briefly reigned over the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century.
It was also the name of several saints, including a 6th-century bishop of Vienne.
Meaning: “From the wilderness by the river.”
Nicknames: Fy, Fee
Detail: The name of Fyvie itself has changed since earliest days when it was known as Fywin.
According to one source, the name is derived from the Gaelic flodh abhuinn meaning “wilderness by the river”.
Name of a haunted Scottish castle in whose history goes back to the year 1211.