Edgar


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Old English

Meaning: “Blessed spear.”

Pronunciation: (ED-gahr)

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)

Eustolia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Good harvest.”

Pronunciation: (yoo-STOH-lee-uh)

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.

Echo


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Echo.”

Pronunciation: (EH-koh)

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.

Efisio


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Italian

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

Eponine


Heading East by sagetopaz

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaulish

Meaning: “Horse Goddess.”

Pronunciation: (EP-oh-neen)

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.

Variations:

  • Empona (Gaulish)
  • Epona (Celtic)
  • Eponine (French)
  • Epponina (Italian)

Eustace


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Rich of corn, fruitful; steadfast.”

Pronunciation: (YOO-stus)

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).

Ender


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Turkish

Meaning: “Very rare.”

Pronunciation: (EN-der)

Detail: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is the main character of the sci-fi novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

Ephyra


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

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.

Euphemia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

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.

Eulalia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Eloquent; well-spoken.”

Pronunciation: (yoo-LAY-lee-uh)

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.

Variations:

  • Eulalia (English, Italian, and Spanish)
  • Eulàlia (Catalan)
  • Eulália (Portuguese)
  • Eulalie (English and French) [Eng (YOO-lah-lee); Fre (OO-lah-lee)]
  • Eulalja (Polish)
  • Evlaliya (Russian)
  • Olalla (Spanish)

The short forms:

  • Eula (English)
  • Eulah (English)
  • Eulia (English, Italian, and Spanish)
  • Laia (Catalan)
  • Lalia (English, Italian, and Spanish),
  • Ula (Spanish)