Squidward


Squidward Tentacles

Gender: Masculine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Guardian of the squids.”

Pronunciation: (SKWID-wawrd)

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.

… April Fools 😉

Gwyar


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Welsh

Meaning: “Blood; flow, fluidity.”

Pronunciation: (GOO-yar)

Nicknames: Yari, Gw

Gwyar literally means “blood” in old Welsh, but its more general meaning is “flow” or “fluidity.”

As an element, gwyar is the source of change, motion, growth, and decay. Its image in nature is running water.

Druid Revival lore contains a set of three elements that first appears in Iolo Morganwg’s writings. Whether it’s an invention of Iolo’s or a surviving scrap of some older teaching is anyone’s guess, but the three elements have been part of Druid Revival teaching ever since his time. Their names are Nwyfre, Gwyar, and Calas.

Ophelia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Help.”

Pronunciation: (oh-FEE-lee-ah)

Nicknames: Ophie, Phe, Lia,

Detail: Derived from Greek ophelos meaning “help”.

This name was probably created by the 15th-century poet Jacopo Sannazaro for a character in his poem “Arcadia”.

It was borrowed by Shakespeare for his play Hamlet, in which it belongs to Hamlet’s lover who eventually goes insane and drowns herself.

Variations:

  • Ofélia (Portugese)
  • Ofelia (Spanish, Italian)
  • Ophelia (English)
  • Ophélie (French) [oh-fay-LEE]

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.

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.

Alaska


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Aleut

Meaning: “The mainland, the land facing the sea.”

Pronunciation: (uh-LAS-uh)

Nicknames: Alla, Alas, Laski

Detail: Alaska came from an Aleut (Yupik) word alaxsxaq (ah-LOCK-shock) “the mainland, the land facing the sea”. The Russians were the first Europeans in Alaska and they pronounced the word (al-YA-ska). When the US purchased Alaska from the Russians the name was only slightly modified to what it is today.

Title character in John Green’s Looking for Alaska.

Ondine


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Wave; water spirit.”

Pronunciation: (OHN-deen)

Nicknames: Onni, Ondi, Odie

Detail: Ondine was a water nymph in German mythology. Ondines or undines are also elementals, enumerated as the water elementals in works of alchemy by Paracelsus.

Variations:

  • Undine [un-DEEN]

Did anyone else enjoy the movie Ondine? It is about the story of an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a mermaid.

Ephyra


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Daughter of Oceanus.”

Pronunciation: (eh-FEER-ah); (EH-fih-ruh)

Nicknames: Ephy, Effy, Phyra

Detail: In Greek mythology, Ephyra is one of the Nereids (sea nymphs), the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris. They are always friendly and helpful towards sailors fighting perilous storms.

Original given name of the Greek city of Corinthe.

Huma


 

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Persian

Meaning: “Bird, water spirit.”

Pronunciation: (HOO-mah)

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”.

Fionnoula


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: “Fair shouldered.”

Pronunciation: (fin-NOH-luh)

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”

Variations:

  • Fenella
  • Finella
  • Finola
  • Fionnaghal
  • Fionnaghuala
  • Fionnala
  • Fionnauala
  • Fionnghala
  • Fionnghuala
  • Fionnoula
  • Fionnuala
  • Fionnula
  • Fionola