Detail: Derived from Old Norse alfr “elf”.
In Norse mythology, King Alf was the suitor of Alfhild. She dressed as a man to avoid marrying him. Then, he thinking she was a warrior, they battled almost to the death. Realizing he was as strong as she was, Alfhild married him.
- Alf (Scandinavian, Norse Mythology)
- Alfr (Old Norse)
- Alv (Norwegian)
- Alva (Norwegian, Swedish)
- Elfa (Norse, Icelandic)
- Elva (Danish, Swedish)
Origin: Germanic, Old English
Meaning: “Noble Beauty.”
Nicknames: Aude, Fleda, Flee
Details: Composed of Germanic adal “noble” and Old English flæd “beauty”.
Famous bearer is Audefleda Princess of Franks.
Meaning: “Wide shining.”
Nicknames: Pasi, Posy, Phae, Fae
Detail: In Greek myth, Pasiphae is the daughter of Helios and Perse, and wife of King Minos. When Minos had the misfortune of insulting Poseidon, the god kindled a passionate love in Pasiphae for a bull. She had Daedalus design a construction so that she could mate with the bull, and thus she became the mother of the Minotaur.
Nicknames: Sne, Snea, Jana
Detail: Derived from the Slavic word snežan meaning “snowy”.
Meaning: “Eagle tree.”
Nicknames: Arvo, Aro, Arvi
Detail: From the Old Norse name Arnviðr, derived from the elements arn “eagle” and viðr “tree”.
Meaning: “Wandering soldier.”
Nicknames: Finna, Finn
Detail: From the Old Norse gunnr “battle, fight” and finnr “wanderer”