Zia


Gender: Masculine / Feminine

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “Light, splendor, glow.”

Pronunciation: (ZEE-uh)

Nicknames: Zi

Detail: According to the Holy Quran it means the “light of true knowledge”.

Variations:

  • Zia
  • Ziya
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Squidward


Squidward Tentacles

Gender: Masculine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Guardian of the squids.”

Pronunciation: (SKWID-wawrd)

Nicknames: Squid, Squido

Detail: Formed from the combination of the English squid and from Old English weard meaning “guard”.

This name is now associated with Squidward Tentacles, one of the sea creatures from Spongebob Squarepants.

… April Fools 😉

Alf


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Elf.”

Pronunciation: (ALF)

Nicknames: Alfie

Detail: Derived from Old Norse alfr “elf”.

In Norse mythology, King Alf was the suitor of Alfhild. She dressed as a man to avoid marrying him. Then, he thinking she was a warrior, they battled almost to the death. Realizing he was as strong as she was, Alfhild married him.

Male Variations:

  • Alf (Scandinavian, Norse Mythology)
  • Alfr (Old Norse)
  • Alv (Norwegian)

Female Variations:

  • Alfhild
  • Alva (Norwegian, Swedish)
  • Elfa (Norse, Icelandic)
  • Elva (Danish, Swedish)

Rubeus


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Red.”

Pronunciation: (roo-BAY-us); (ROO-bee-us)

Nicknames: Ru

Detail: Derived from the Latin word ruber.

Rubeus Hagrid is a character in the Harry Potter books.

“Hagrid”, according to Rowling in an interview, comes from the word “hagridden”, meaning to have a nightmarish night, particularly when hung over.