Eponine


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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)
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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.