Meaning: “Wandering soldier.”
Nicknames: Finna, Finn
Detail: From the Old Norse gunnr “battle, fight” and finnr “wanderer”
Meaning: “Blood; flow, fluidity.”
Nicknames: Yari, Gw
Gwyar literally means “blood” in old Welsh, but its more general meaning is “flow” or “fluidity.”
As an element, gwyar is the source of change, motion, growth, and decay. Its image in nature is running water.
Druid Revival lore contains a set of three elements that first appears in Iolo Morganwg’s writings. Whether it’s an invention of Iolo’s or a surviving scrap of some older teaching is anyone’s guess, but the three elements have been part of Druid Revival teaching ever since his time. Their names are Nwyfre, Gwyar, and Calas.
Nicknames: Stone, Gato, Tony
Detail: Gaston serves up a bit of trouble as the main antagonist of Disney’s film Beauty and the Beast.
Meaning: “Bleary-eyed one.”
Pronunciation: (goh-MEY-sa); (goh-MEY-za); (goh-MAHY-za)
Nicknames: Gom, Goma, Gomy, May, Meisa, Misa
Detail: Gomeisa is the second brightest star in Canis Minor, the Lesser Dog.
Meaning: “White hawk of battle.”
Detail: Gawain is King Arthur‘s nephew and a Knight of the Round Table. He is one of a select few of the Round Table members to be referred to as the greatest knight. And he is quite a chivalrous knight, most notably in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Meaning: “Wary in battle.”
Nicknames: Gunn, Gunna, Gunni, Nora
Detail: Norman latinized variant of the Old Norse name Gunnvor. It is composed of the elements gunnr meaning “war” and vor “cautious, wary”. The name remained in use in England until the 14th century.
Nicknames: Gondi, Dolly
Detail: In the Harry Potter series Gondoline Oliphant is famous for her studies of the life and habits of trolls.
Detail: A Scandinavian goddess of healing
Nicknames: Greta, Gret, Gretty, Grey
Detail: In the Brother Grimm’s fairytale, Gretel and her brother Hansel are captured by a witch after stumbling across her gingerbread house in the forest. The witch intends to eat the children but they trick her and are able to make their escape.
Meaning: “Dark battle; stone; grey warrior maiden.”
Pronunciation: (grih-ZEL-dah) Griselda
Nicknames: Zelda, Gris, Grisi, Grey, Grizzly, Grace, Elda
Detail: In medieval European lore, Griselda was the wife of nobleman who tolerated any annoyance or grief he caused her. She is known in several literary works, including the Canterbury Tales and the Decameron, as “Patient Griselda.”
In the Clerk’s Tale in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Lord Walter, an Italian Nobleman takes the Shepherd girl Griselda as his wife.
Griselda Marchbanks personally examines Harry Potter in his O.W.L.s.