Nicknames: Fara, Falla
Detail: Italian word for butterfly.
The pasta, farfalle, often called “bow-ties” in the US, are really butterflies.
Meaning: “Guardian of the squids.”
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.
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Meaning: “Wide shining.”
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.
Meaning: “The bearer of good news.”
Nicknames: Nash, Nashas, Shira, Nira
Detail: Nashira, also known as Gamma Capricorni, is a bright star in the constellation of Capricornus. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun enters Capricorn by definition at the moment of winter solstice, or roughly at December 22, and leaves it around January 19. Symbol for Capricorn is a goat.
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
Origin: Greek; Norse
Meaning: “Pure; Hen.”
Details: Scandinavian diminutive of Katarina; from the Greek katharos meaning “Pure”.
It could also be derived from Old Norse kaða meaning “hen”.
3 French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
Meaning: “Little Dove.”
Nicknames: Duvi, Duva
Details: Means “little dove” in Middle Dutch, in modern Dutch duifje means “little dove”
2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
Origin: Old Norse
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.
Meaning: “Dragon, serpent.”
Detail: From the Greek name Drakon which meant “dragon, serpent”.
In the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, Draco Malfoy is a popular character.
This was the name of a 7th-century BC Athenian legislator.
This is also the name of a constellation in the northern sky.
Meaning: “Noble Wolf.”
Nicknames: Ado, Dolf, Alf, Alfie
Detail: From the Germanic name Adalwolf, which meant “noble wolf” from the Germanic elements adal “noble” and wulf.
Is Adolf forever off limits? Middle name? How about his variations? How strongly do you feel about this name?
I think he is very handsome, however some people have gone as far to say that they would “doubt the morality of such a person” who would bear this name onto a child. I find this a bit on the extreme side.
Will this forever be my tainted love?
Meaning: “Little bear.”
Nicknames: Ursa, Sula, Ulla
Deatail: Saint Ursula is a Chistian saint.
In Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Ursula is a waiting-gentlewoman attendant on Leonato’s daughter, Hero.
In the Harry Potter series, Ursula Black is the wife of Phineas Nigellus Black, a former Headmaster of Hogwarts.
Meaning: “Horse Goddess.”
Nicknames: Eppie, Poe, Poni, Nina
Detail: The name Epona, “Horse Goddess” is from the Gaulish language; it is derived from the inferred proto-Celtic ekwos ‘horse’ (Compare Latin equus)
In Gallo-Roman religion, Epona was a protector of horses, donkeys, and mules.