Meaning: “Eastern; where sun rises; Dawn.”
Nicknames: Ossie, Ozzie, Star
Detail: Ostara, may come from the word “east”, meaning dawn.
Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility. Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: “eastre.”
- Easter (English)
- Eostre (Germanic)
- Ostara (Germanic)
Meaning: “Fighter/soldier for God.”
Nicknames: Vi, Vija, Jona
Details: Formed from the combination of the Germanic/Norse vi meaning “holy, fighter” and from the Germanic jona, feminine form of John, derived from the Hebrew Yochanan meaning “god is gracious”.
For those of us who like Fiona, this could make a very unusual, alternative choice.
Origin: Germanic, Old English
Meaning: “Noble Beauty.”
Nicknames: Aude, Fleda, Flee
Details: Composed of Germanic adal “noble” and Old English flæd “beauty”.
Famous bearer is Audefleda Princess of Franks.
Meaning: “Fame wolf.”
Nicknames: Rudo, Rulf, Rulfie, Rollo
Detail: From the Germanic name Hrodulf, which was derived from the elements hrod “fame” and wulf “wolf”.
Origin: Germanic, French
Meaning: “White Flower.”
Nicknames: Blur, Fleur, Blannie, Bonnie, Bar
Details: From the Germanic blanc meaning ‘white, fair’ and the French fleur meaning ‘flower’.
Meaning: “Bright fame.”
Pronunciation: Eng (ROO-pert)
Detail: From the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning “bright fame”, derived from the Germanic elements hrod “fame” and beraht “bright”.
Detail: Possibly derived from names beginning with the Germanic element ald “old”.
It has been in use as an English given name since the Middle Ages