Argus


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Glistening, shining.”

Pronunciation: (AHR-gus)

Nicknames: Ar, Argo, Gus

Detail: Derived from the Greek argos meaning “glistening, shining”.

In Greek myth this name belonged to both the man who built the Argo and a man with a hundred eyes.

In the Harry Potter series Argus Filch is the caretaker of Hogwarts School.

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Poppy


Gender: Feminine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Poppy flower.”

Pronunciation: (POP-ee)

Nicknames: Pop

Detail: From the word for the red flower, derived from Old English popæg.

In the Harry Potter series Poppy Pomfrey is the Hogwarts school nurse.

Ludovic


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Famed warrior.”

Pronunciation: (LOO-doh-vik)

Nicknames: Ludo, Lu, Dov, Vic

Detail: From the Germanic name Chlodovech, composed of the elements hlud “fame” and wig “warrior”.

In the Harry Potter series, Ludovic Bagman was a quidditch beater for the Wimbourne Wasps and Head of the Department of Games and Sports within the Ministry of Magic.

Merope


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Mortal; bee-mask; eloquent.”

Pronunciation: (mair-OH-pee); (mer-OH-pee)

Nicknames: Mero, Meri, Rope, Rory

Detail: In the Harry Potter series Merope Gaunt is the mother of dear Lord Voldemort.

In Greek mythology, Merope is one of the seven Pleiades (Maia, Electra, Taygete, Celaeno, Alcyone, Sterope, and Merope). She fell in love with a mortal man (as did Merope Gaunt) and being ashamed of this, she is the faintest star in the constellation.