Uther


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Celtic

Meaning: “the terrible.”

Pronunciation: (OO-thur)

Nicknames: Utho

Detail: Possibly of Celtic origin and means “the terrible”.

In Celtic mythology, Uther Pendragon is Arthur‘s father in the Arthurian ledgends.

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Eponine


Heading East by sagetopaz

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaulish

Meaning: “Horse Goddess.”

Pronunciation: (EP-oh-neen)

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.

Variations:

  • Empona (Gaulish)
  • Epona (Celtic)
  • Eponine (French)
  • Epponina (Italian)

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.

Sive


Midsummer Eve by Edward Hughes

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: “Sweet; goodness.”

Pronunciation: (shee-vah); (SAHYV)

Detail: According to Irish mythology, Sive refuses the advances of the Druid Fear Doirche who then casts a spell on her making her take the form of a deer. Sive is rescued by Fionn mac Cumhail (fyun) and discovers that spell is broken while under Fionn‘s protection. They have a son (Oisin (uh-SHEEN)) together but eventually Sive is tricked into leaving Fionn‘s house and is turned back into a deer.

Variations:

  • Saibh
  • Saidhbh
  • Sive

Imogen


Imogen Morris-Clarke

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: “Maiden; Innocent.”

Pronunciation: (IM-oh-jen)

Nicknames: Immy, Immo, Imzy

Detail: Imogen was the daughter of King Cymbeline, in Shakespeare’s play, Cymbeline.

Rosmerta


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Celtic / Roman / Gaulish

Meaning: “The Great Provider.”

Nicknames: Rose, Rosie, Romy

Detail: A goddess of healing, water, & sacred springs.

In Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Madam Rosmerta is the landlady of The Three Broomsticks pub in the village of Hogsmeade.