Nimue


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Welsh

Pronunciation: (NIM-oo-ay)

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.

Nootka


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Native American

Meaning: “Circling around.”

Pronunciation: (NOOT-kah)

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.

Viatrix


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

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.

Oenone


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Wine.”

Pronunciation: (ee-NOH-nee)

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.

Argus


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Glistening, shining.”

Pronunciation: (AHR-gus)

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.

Mercer


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Vendor of sewing materials.”

Pronunciation: (MER-ser)

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”).

Avitus


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Ancestral.”

Pronunciation: (ah-VEE-tus)

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.

Fyvie


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: “From the wilderness by the river.”

Pronunciation: (FI-vee)

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.