Nicknames: Fara, Falla
Detail: Italian word for butterfly.
The pasta, farfalle, often called “bow-ties” in the US, are really butterflies.
Origin: Old Norse
Nicknames: Fen, Fenno
Detail: The meaning Fenrir is disputed on is thought to be the Old Norse “fen-dweller”. Another idea is the short form of Fenrisúlfr. Which means “Fenris-wolf”, derived from the name Fenris combined with Old Norse úlfr “wolf.” The etymology of the name Fenris is uncertain; it is thought that it is derived from Old Norse fen “moor, marsh, swamp” and Old Norse hris “brushwood, shrub.”
In Norse mythology, Fenrir is a monstrous wolf and is foretold to kill the god Odin during the events of Ragnarök (the end of the world).
J. K. Rowling also uses the name for one of her werewolf characters, Fenrir Greyback, in the popular Harry Potter series.
Meaning: “From the wilderness by the river.”
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.
Meaning: “Fair shouldered.”
Nicknames: Fi, Fin, Fini, Finna, Flo, Fola, Lola, Nola
Detail: The name comes from fionn + ghuala “fair shouldered.”
The chieftan King Lir(leer) and his wife Aobh(ay) had a daughter Fionnoula and three sons Aedh(aid), Conn and Fiachra(fee-AH-kruh). When Aobh died, Lir’s new wife Aoife(EE-fah) was so jealous of her husband’s love for his children that she cast a spell on them and turned them into swans and condemned them to spend 300 years on Lake Daravarragh(dair-uh-vair-uh), 300 years on the Sea of Moyle and 300 years on Innis Glora. However, if they heard a Christian bell in Ireland they would become people again. One morning they were awakened by the sound of a Mass bell. St. Patrick had arrived. The children were brought to him and he baptised them and they have lived on in Irish mythology as the “Children of Lir”
Nicknames: Frey, Fay, Reya, Ray
Detail: Freyja is a goddess in Norse mythology associated with love, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr (witchcraft), war, and death.
In most Germanic languages the day is named after Freyja, such as Frīatag (Old High German), Freitag (Modern German), Freyjudagr (Old Norse), Vrijdag (Dutch), Fredag (Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish)
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “Fair; Wanderer.”
In the Prose Edda, Finn is of the lineage of Thor.
Meaning: “Beloved lady; to love.”
Detail: Old Norse Frigg, Old Saxon Fri, and Old English Frig are derived from Germanic Frijjō. The root also appears in Old Saxon fri which means “beloved lady”, in Swedish as fria “to propose for marriage” and in Icelandic as frjá which means “to love.”
TGIF TFIF (Thank Frigg It’s Friday!) 😉
Yes, Friday came from the Old English frīgedæg, meaning the day of Frigg. In most Germanic languages the day is named after Freyja, such as Frīatag (Old High German), Freitag (Modern German), Freyjudagr (Old Norse), Vrijdag (Dutch), Fredag (Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish)—but Freyja and Frigg are frequently identified with each other.
Frigg is a major Norse goddess, queen of Asgard (Norse God Headquarters). Frigg appears mainly in mythological stories as wife of Odin and a mother of Baldur. She is also has the power of foresight, yet she never reveals what she knows to anyone.
Meaning: “From France.”
Nicknames: Cesca, Cesi, Chess, Frankie
Detail: Francesca (and Paolo) were historical contemporaries of Dante Alighieri.
Francesca was blatantly tricked into marrying Gianciotto, who was disfigured and uncouth, when the handsome and elegant Paolo (Gianciotto’s brother) was sent in his brother’s place to settle the nuptial contract. Angered at finding herself wed the following day to Gianciotto, Francesca made no attempt to restrain her affections for Paolo and the two in fact soon became lovers. Informed of this liaison, Gianciotto one day caught them together in Francesca’s bedroom (unaware that Paolo got stuck in his attempt to escape down a ladder, she let Gianciotto in the room); when Gianciotto lunged at Paolo with a sword, Francesca stepped between the two men and was killed instead, much to the dismay of her husband, who then promptly finished off Paolo as well.
Meaning: “Fresh water; spring.”
Nicknames: Fenna, Fen
Detail: At the time there was a magic mill in Denmark, which no one had been strong enough to operate. Frodi, the Danish king, purchased two giantess slave girls, Fenja and Menja, who were large and strong. He made them grind out gold, peace, and prosperity, allowing them no rest, until finally they ground out an army against him, led by the sea king, Mysing. Mysing conquered Frodi, seized the mill and the slaves and bade them to grind salt. He too allowed them no rest. A little later, the ship sank, apparently from the grinding of the slave girls, and that is why the sea is salty.
Fenja is a Scandinavian goddess of physical prowess.
Meaning: “The Filler; Bountiful.”
Nicknames: Fu, Ulla
Detail: In Norse mythology she was a goddess of abundance who acted as Frigga‘s attendant and messenger.
Nicknames: Foz, Fos, Fox
Detail: Fosco Baggins was the paternal grandfather of the ring-bearer Frodo in The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien.
Meaning: “joy, mirth.”
Nicknames: Euphy, Rose, Syne
Detail: Euphrosyne is one of the three graces. (She is the happy smiling one, bubbling over with laughter.) These three ladies are the attendants to Venus. Their names are Aglaia (splendor), Euphrosyne (mirth) and Thalia (good cheer). They were the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome.
A few early saints bore the name variation Euphrosyne.
Meaning: “Clever; Learned; Wise by experience.”
Detail: Icelandic name derived from Old Norse fróðr, meaning “wise.”
Frodi is the name of a number of legendary Danish kings in various texts including Beowulf and Prose Edda.
Frodo Baggins is a principal protagonist of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. He was a hobbit of the Shire who inherited Sauron’s ring from Bilbo Baggins and undertook the quest to destroy it in Mount Doom.