Ostara


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Eastern; where sun rises; Dawn.”

Pronunciation: (0h-STAHR-uh)

Nicknames: Ossie, Ozzie, Star

Detail: Ostara, may come from the word “east”, meaning dawn.

Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility. Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: “eastre.”

Variations:

  • Ausos
  • Austron
  • Easter (English)
  • Eastra
  • Eastur
  • Eostra
  • Eostre (Germanic)
  • Eostur
  • Ostara (Germanic)
  • Ostare
  • Ostern

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)

Pasiphae


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Wide shining.”

Pronunciation: (pah-SIH-fah-ee)

Nicknames: Pasi, Posy, Phae, Fae

Detail: In Greek myth, Pasiphae is the daughter of Helios and Perse, and wife of King Minos. When Minos had the misfortune of insulting Poseidon, the god kindled a passionate love in Pasiphae for a bull. She had Daedalus design a construction so that she could mate with the bull, and thus she became the mother of the Minotaur.

Sigurd


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Protector of victory.”

Pronunciation: (SEE-gur); (SIH-gur)

Nicknames: Sig, Sjur

Detail: From the Old Norse name Sigurðr, which was derived from the elements sigr “victory” and varðr “guardian”.

Sigurd is a hero in Norse legend, which tells how his foster-father Regin sent him to recover a hoard of gold guarded by the dragon Fafnir. After slaying the dragon, Sigurd tasted some of its blood, enabling him to understand the language of birds. By listening to the birds Sigurd learned that Regin was planning to betray him.

4 Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists

Fenrir


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Old Norse

Pronunciation: (FEHN-rir)

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.

Echo


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Echo.”

Pronunciation: (EH-koh)

Nicknames: Eki, Coco

Detail: Means “echo” from the word for the repeating reflected sound, which derives from Greek eche “sound”.

In Greek mythology Echo was a nymph given a speech impediment by Hera, so that she could only repeat what others said. She fell in love with Narcissus, but her love was not returned, and she pined away until nothing remained of her except her voice.

Pomona


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Fruit tree.”

Pronunciation: (pah-MOH-nah)

Nicknames: Pomme (French word for apple), Pomy, Poppy, Mona

Detail: From the Latin pomus “fruit tree”. This was the name of the Roman goddess of fruit trees.

In the Harry Potter series Pomona Sprout the professor of Herbology.

Sose


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Save.”

Pronunciation: (SOH-see)

Detail: From the Greek σως (sos) “safe, whole, unwounded”

Sose was an Oreiad (mountain) or Naiad (water) nymph of Arkadia and highland prophetess loved by the god Hermes. She bore him one of the Panes.

Nimue


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Welsh

Pronunciation: (NIM-oo-ay)

Nicknames: Nim, Moon

Detail: A moon goddess who was sometimes called Lady of the Lake. The Lady of the Lake is usually referred to by various spellings of the names Nimue or Vivienne.

Nimue is thought to be related to Mneme, the shortened form of Mnemosyne, one of the nine water-nymph Muses of Roman and Greek Mythology who gave weapons, not unlike Arthur‘s sword, to the heroic Perseus.

Oenone


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Wine.”

Pronunciation: (ee-NOH-nee)

Nicknames: Oene (ee-nee)

Detail: In Greek mythology, Oenone (or Oinone) was a naiad (of the water) nymph. She was the first wife of Paris, until he abandoned her when Aphrodite awarded him the hand of Helene in marriage. Later during the Trojan War when Paris had been wounded by the poisoned arrow of Philoktetes, he sought her healing skills, but Oenone, remembering his past treatment of her, would not heal him, so he was taken back to Troy. Oenone, meanwhile, with a change of heart, left to Troy to find and heal him; when she found him dead she hanged herself.

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.

Iris


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Rainbow.”

Pronunciation: (AHY-ris)

Nicknames: Iri

Detail: Iris was the ancient Greek goddess of the rainbow, the messenger of the Olympian gods.

Her name contains a double meaning, being connected both with iris, “the rainbow,” and eiris, “messenger.”

Iris can also refer to a genus of ornamental flowering plants, or a part of the eye.