Gaston


Absorbed in Robinson Crusoe by Collinson

Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Wrathful.”

Pronunciation: (gas-TONH)

Nicknames: Stone, Gato, Tony

Detail: Gaston serves up a bit of trouble as the main antagonist of Disney’s film Beauty and the Beast.

Female Variation:

  • Gastonia

Alena


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Czech / Gaelic Meaning: “Rock.”

Origin: French Meaning: “Bird; Hazelnut.”

Origin: Greek Meaning: “Bright one; shining one; defender of men.”

Pronunciation: (ah-LEY-nah)

Nicknames: Ala, Ali, Lena, Leni

Detail: Saint Alena was a Belgian martyr.

Variations:

  • Ailina
  • Aleena (English)
  • Alena
  • Alene (English and Czech)
  • Aleni
  • Alenia
  • Alenka (English, Russian, and Slavic)
  • Alenna
  • Alenya
  • Alyna (Russian)

Arthur


painting by Frank Dicksee

Name Day: November 15

Gender: Masculine

Origin: debated

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.

Variations:

  • Aart (Dutch)
  • Anthanasios (Greek)
  • Artair (Scottish)
  • Artek (Polish), Artis (Czech)
  • Arto (Finnish)
  • Artorius (Latin)
  • Artturi (Finnish)
  • Arturo (Italian and Spanish)
  • Arzhel (Celtic) [AHR-zel]
  • Arzhul (Celtic) [AHR-zool]
  • Arzhur (Celtic) [AHR-zoor]
  • Atze (German)
  • Thanasis (Greek)
  • Thanos (Greek)

Griselda


The Young Shepherdess (1885) William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Gender: Feminine

Origin: German

Meaning: “Dark battle; stone; grey warrior maiden.”

Pronunciation: (grih-ZEL-dah) Griselda

Nicknames: Zelda, Gris, Grisi, Grey, Grizzly, Grace, Elda

Detail: In medieval European lore, Griselda was the wife of nobleman who tolerated any annoyance or grief he caused her. She is known in several literary works, including the Canterbury Tales and the Decameron, as “Patient Griselda.”

In the Clerk’s Tale in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Lord Walter, an Italian Nobleman takes the Shepherd girl Griselda as his wife.

Griselda Marchbanks personally examines Harry Potter in his O.W.L.s.

Variations:

  • Gricelda
  • Gricely
  • Griselde
  • Grisella
  • Griselle
  • Griselly
  • Grishelda
  • Grishilde
  • Grisleys
  • Grizelda
  • Gryselde
  • Gryzelde
  • Selda
  • Zelda