Meaning: “Guardian of the squids.”
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.
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Origin: Old English
Meaning: “Blessed spear.”
Nicknames: Ed, Eddy
Detail: Derived from the Old English elements ead “rich, blessed” and gar “spear”.
This was the name of a 10th-century English king who is regarded as a saint.
Famous bearers include author and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Meaning: “Jewel, gem.”
Pronunciation: (OH-puh-leen); (OH-puh-line)
Nicknames: Opal, Opie
Detail: The word derives from Sanskrit upala meaning “jewel”, which also gave the Greek opallios, the Latin opalus, and the English opal.
The opal is an iridescent gemstone, popular for many centuries. It is the birthstone of October.
Meaning: “Place of the cow sheds.”
Nicknames: Byr, Byro
Detail: From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning “place of the cow sheds” in Old English. This was the surname of the romantic poet Lord Byron.
Meaning: “Hill belonging to wine.”
Nicknames: Winz, Winzo
Meaning: “Poppy flower.”
Detail: From the word for the red flower, derived from Old English popæg.
In the Harry Potter series Poppy Pomfrey is the Hogwarts school nurse.
Meaning: “Vendor of sewing materials.”
Nicknames: Mer, Mero
Detail: Transferred use of the surname, in origin an occupational name for a trader of sewing materials (Old French mercier, from Late Latin mercarius, a derivative of merx meaning “merchandise”).