Nicknames: Endi, Zela
Origin: Old English
Meaning: “Blessed spear.”
Nicknames: Ed, Eddy
Detail: Derived from the Old English elements ead “rich, blessed” and gar “spear”.
This was the name of a 10th-century English king who is regarded as a saint.
Famous bearers include author and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Meaning: “Good harvest.”
Nicknames: Euli, Eulia, Eusie, Sto, Stolie, Story, Lottie, Lia
From the Greek name Eustachys meaning “good harvest”. Male version is Eustolios. This is related to the name Eustace.
Little is known of Eustolia and her sister Soprata, however they were revered as saints since the 7th century.
Nicknames: Eki, Coco
Detail: Means “echo” from the word for the repeating reflected sound, which derives from Greek eche “sound”.
In Greek mythology Echo was a nymph given a speech impediment by Hera, so that she could only repeat what others said. She fell in love with Narcissus, but her love was not returned, and she pined away until nothing remained of her except her voice.
Meaning: “One from Ephesus.”
Pronunciation: (eh-FEE-zee-oh); (eh-FEE-zhoh)
Nicknames: Fiso, Efo
Detail: From the Latin byname Ephesius, which originally belonged to a person who was from the city of Ephesus, in Ionia.
This was the name of a saint martyred on Sardinia in the 4th century
Meaning: “Horse Goddess.”
Nicknames: Eppie, Poe, Poni, Nina
Detail: The name Epona, “Horse Goddess” is from the Gaulish language; it is derived from the inferred proto-Celtic ekwos ‘horse’ (Compare Latin equus)
In Gallo-Roman religion, Epona was a protector of horses, donkeys, and mules.
Meaning: “Rich of corn, fruitful; steadfast.”
Nicknames: Euso, Eui, Eusie
Detail: Saint Eustace was a 2nd-century martyr, a Roman general who became a Christian after seeing a vision of a cross between the antlers of a stag he was hunting. He was burned to death for refusing to worship the Roman gods and is now regarded as the patron saint of hunters. Due to him, this name was common in England during the Middle Ages, though it is presently rare.
Feminine form is Eustacia (yoo-STAY-shah).
Meaning: “Daughter of Oceanus.”
Pronunciation: (eh-FEER-ah); (EH-fih-ruh)
Nicknames: Ephy, Effy, Phyra
Detail: In Greek mythology, Ephyra is one of the Nereids (sea nymphs), the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris. They are always friendly and helpful towards sailors fighting perilous storms.
Original given name of the Greek city of Corinthe.
Meaning: “to speak well.”
Pronunciation: (yoo-FEE-mee-uh) Euphemia
Nicknames: Effy, Effie, Ephie, Euphie, Phemi
Detail: Derived from Greek eu “good” and phemi “to speak”.
Saint Euphemia was an early martyred virgin of Chalcedon. The traditions surrounding her death state that she was tortured and then slain by a wild bear because she refused to attend a pagan ceremony.
Meaning: “Elm tree.”
Nicknames: Emb, Emmie
Detail: 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.
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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