Meaning: “Eagle tree.”
Nicknames: Arvo, Aro, Arvi
Detail: From the Old Norse name Arnviðr, derived from the elements arn “eagle” and viðr “tree”.
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
Meaning: “Bird, water spirit.”
Nicknames: Hum, Humi
Detail: A mythical high flying bird which symbolises freedom.
The word Huma which has a Persian origin is Bulah in Arabic. It is supposed that in the word Huma, hu represents “spirit”, and mah originates from the Arabic Ma’a which means “water”.
Meaning: “Fair shouldered.”
Nicknames: Fi, Fin, Fini, Finna, Flo, Fola, Lola, Nola
Detail: The name comes from fionn + ghuala “fair shouldered.”
The chieftan King Lir(leer) and his wife Aobh(ay) had a daughter Fionnoula and three sons Aedh(aid), Conn and Fiachra(fee-AH-kruh). When Aobh died, Lir’s new wife Aoife(EE-fah) was so jealous of her husband’s love for his children that she cast a spell on them and turned them into swans and condemned them to spend 300 years on Lake Daravarragh(dair-uh-vair-uh), 300 years on the Sea of Moyle and 300 years on Innis Glora. However, if they heard a Christian bell in Ireland they would become people again. One morning they were awakened by the sound of a Mass bell. St. Patrick had arrived. The children were brought to him and he baptised them and they have lived on in Irish mythology as the “Children of Lir”
Nicknames: Svee, Svea, Enja
Detail: German feminine form of Sven.
Alternatively, it may be a Low German short form of names beginning with the Germanic element svan meaning “swan”.
Meaning: “White hawk of battle.”
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.
Origin: Czech / Gaelic Meaning: “Rock.”
Origin: French Meaning: “Bird; Hazelnut.”
Origin: Greek Meaning: “Bright one; shining one; defender of men.”
Nicknames: Ala, Ali, Lena, Leni
Detail: Saint Alena was a Belgian martyr.
Nicknames: Ravi, Raven, Venna, Enna
Detail: Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.
In Dante’s Inferno, Guido da Polenta is lord of Ravenna.
Name Day: November 15
Meaning: (Celtic) “Bear; Stone” (Germanic) “Thor, eagle.”
Nicknames: Art, Artie, Thor
Detail: King Arthur is a legendary British leader who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defence of Britain against the Saxon invaders in the early 6th century.
Lucius Artorius Castus was a Roman officer who lived in the late second century.
St. Arzhel was born in Wales in 482, founded a monastery in the Forest of Broceliande in Brittany. Famed as a magician, Arzhel was summoned to King Childebert’s court in Paris. After his death, Arzhel’s name was invoked to end droughts.