Verlie


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaulish; Roman ; Latin

Meaning: “Alder; Man; True.”

Pronunciation: (VUR-lee)

Details: It is probable that this name could derive from a Norman surname, which was itself derived from a Gaulish word meaning “alder”.

It is also possible that the name originated from the Roman name Virilius “man”, but this is not confirmed.

It could also be connected to the medieval name Ver, derived from the Latin Verus “True”. Ver enjoyed some popularity with this usage in medieval England to honor a 4th century bishop. Thus, the exact lineage of the name is unknown, but could come from any one of these roots.

Female Variations:

  • Verlea
  • Verlia
  • Verlie

Male Variations:

  • Verle
  • Verlo

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.

Eustace


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Rich of corn, fruitful; steadfast.”

Pronunciation: (YOO-stus)

Nicknames: Euso, Eui, Eusie

Detail: Saint Eustace was a 2nd-century martyr, a Roman general who became a Christian after seeing a vision of a cross between the antlers of a stag he was hunting. He was burned to death for refusing to worship the Roman gods and is now regarded as the patron saint of hunters. Due to him, this name was common in England during the Middle Ages, though it is presently rare.

Feminine form is Eustacia (yoo-STAY-shah).

Calluna


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “To beautify and cleanse.”

Pronunciation: (ka-LOO-nah)

Nicknames: Calla, Callie, Luna

Detail: The name Calluna derives from the Greek word kallunein which means “to beautify and cleanse”, which probably derives from the use of Calluna Vulgaris (Heather) twigs as brooms, or from its medicinal properties for treatment of a number of internal disorders.

Calluna Vulgaris is an herb of immortality, and protection. Its Invocatory can be Isis, Osiris, or Venus. It is associated with Midsummer’s Eve.

Fyvie


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: “From the wilderness by the river.”

Pronunciation: (FI-vee)

Nicknames: Fy, Fee

Detail: The name of Fyvie itself has changed since earliest days when it was known as Fywin.

According to one source, the name is derived from the Gaelic flodh abhuinn meaning “wilderness by the river”.

Name of a haunted Scottish castle in whose history goes back to the year 1211.

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.

Arolilja


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Finnish

Meaning: “Lily of the steppes.”

Pronunciation: (ar-oh-LEEL-yah)

Nicknames: Aro, Ari, Lilja, Lila, Lily

Detail: From the combination of aro meaning “steppes” (steppes are large areas of flat grassy land where there are no trees), and lilja meaning “lily”.

In a medieval, Norwegian ballad, Bendik falls in love with princess Arolilja. A boy tells the king that Bendik is seeing his daughter. Bendik’s punishment is death. Arolilja prays for him to no avail, he is hanged. She dies of heartache, and the king grieves. The two are buried on either side of a church, and up from their graves lilies grow and entwine above the church roof.

Arizona


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Pima (Native American); Basque

Meaning: “Having a little spring; or good oak.”

Pronunciation: (air-ih-ZOH-nuh)

Nicknames: Ari, Ara, Azza, Zona, Zoni, Zoe

Detail: Arizona was inherited from the Spanish Arizonac, a word virtually identical to Basque arizonac “good oak”. However, it isn’t clear why the Spanish would choose a Basque word for (at the time) a Mexican territory. The name of this state is most probably a Native American word, possibly an O’odham (Pima) word meaning “having a little spring” made up of ali “little” + sona-g “spring-having”—plus a little corruption from the Spanish.