Gwyar


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Welsh

Meaning: “Blood; flow, fluidity.”

Pronunciation: (GOO-yar)

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.

Giovanna


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Italian

Meaning: “God is gracious.”

Pronunciation: (joh-VAHN-nah); (jee-oh-VAHN-nah)

Nicknames: Gio, Gia, Gianna, Gi, Gigi, Giovi, Giova, Jo, Jojo, Vanna

Detail: Feminine form of Giovanni, which is the Italian variation of John.

Gawain


Beheading of the Green Knight, Cotton Nero

Gender: Masculine

Origin: Welsh

Meaning: “White hawk of battle.”

Pronunciation: (GOW-wihn)

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.

Gunnora


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Wary in battle.”

Pronunciation: (goon-NOR-ah)

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.

Godric


Gender: Masculine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Power of God.”

Pronunciation: (GAWD-rick) 

Detail: Derived from Old English god combined with ric “power, rule”.

Godric Gryffindor is one of the four founders of Hogwarts. The symbol for Gryffindor is the lion.

Gretel


Soup (1865) William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Pearl.”

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.

Griselda


The Young Shepherdess (1885) William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Gender: Feminine

Origin: German

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.

Variations:

  • Gricelda
  • Gricely
  • Griselde
  • Grisella
  • Griselle
  • Griselly
  • Grishelda
  • Grishilde
  • Grisleys
  • Grizelda
  • Gryselde
  • Gryzelde
  • Selda
  • Zelda