Ostara


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Eastern; where sun rises; Dawn.”

Pronunciation: (0h-STAHR-uh)

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.”

Variations:

  • Ausos
  • Austron
  • Easter (English)
  • Eastra
  • Eastur
  • Eostra
  • Eostre (Germanic)
  • Eostur
  • Ostara (Germanic)
  • Ostare
  • Ostern

Vijona


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Fighter/soldier for God.”

Pronunciation: (vee-YOH-nah)

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.

Olga


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Holy, blessed.”

Pronunciation: (OL-gah); (AWL-gah)

Nicknames: Oli, Ola, Olgi, Olya

Details: Russian form of Helga. From the from Old Norse name Helgi, derived from heilagr meaning “holy, blessed”.

The 10th-century Saint Olga was the wife of Igor I.

Adolf


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Noble Wolf.”

Pronunciation: (AH-dawlf)

Nicknames: Ado, Dolf, Alf, Alfie

Detail: From the Germanic name Adalwolf, which meant “noble wolf” from the Germanic elements adal “noble” and wulf.

Male Variations:

  • Aadolf (Finnish)
  • Aadolf (Finnish)
  • Aatoli  (Finnish)
  • Aatolppi (Finnish)
  • Aatoltti (Finnish)
  • Aatolvi (Finnish)
  • Aatovi (Finnish)
  • Aatto (Finnish)
  • Aatu (Finnish)
  • Adalwolf (Ancient Germanic)
  • Ádo (Sami)
  • Adolf  (German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Czech, Ancient Germanic)
  • Adolfe (Danish)
  • Adolfito (Spanish)
  • Adolfo (Italian, Spanish)
  • Adolph (English)
  • Adolphe (French)
  • Adolphus (Ancient Germanic (Latinized))
  • Alef (Swedish)
  • Aleph (Swedish)
  • Alf (Scandinavian)
  • Doffen (Norwegian)
  • Dölf (Limburgish)
  • Dolf (Swedish)
  • Dolph (English)
  • Dolph (Swedish)
  • Dulf (Limburgish)
  • Fito (Spanish)
  • Tolhvi (Finnish)
  • Tolkki (Finnish)
  • Tolppi (Finnish)
  • Tolppo (Finnish)
  • Tolvi (Finnish)

Female Variations:

  • Aadolfiia  (Finnish)
  • Aadolfiina (Finnish)
  • Aatohviina (Finnish)
  • Aatolva (Finnish)
  • Aatolviina (Finnish)
  • Adolfa (English)
  • Adolfina (Finnish, Swedish)
  • Adolfine (Danish, Norwegian)
  • Adolpha (English)
  • Alfiina (Finnish)
  • Alviina (Finnish)
  • Atofiina (Finnish)
  • Atohviina (Finnish)
  • Tolviina (Finnish)
  • Viina (Finnish)
  • Viinu (Finnish)

Is Adolf forever off limits? Middle name? How about his variations? How strongly do you feel about this name?

I think he is very handsome, however some people have gone as far to say that they would “doubt the morality of such a person” who would bear this name onto a child. I find this a bit on the extreme side.

Will this forever be my tainted love?

Volker


Gender: Masculine

Origin: German

Meaning: “People, tribe; army, warrior.”

Pronunciation: (VOHL-ker)

Nicknames: Volk

Detail: Derived from the elements folk “people, tribe” and heri “army, warrior”

Adelrune


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Noble secret.”

Pronunciation: (AH-del-roon)

Nicknames: Runi, Roonie, Adele, Ada

Detail: The old German name Adelrune is derived from the Germanic elements adal meaning “noble, elegant” and run meaning “secret” (or also perhaps ‘charm, appeal’).

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.

Ludovic


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Famed warrior.”

Pronunciation: (LOO-doh-vik)

Nicknames: Ludo, Lu, Dov, Vic

Detail: From the Germanic name Chlodovech, composed of the elements hlud “fame” and wig “warrior”.

In the Harry Potter series, Ludovic Bagman was a quidditch beater for the Wimbourne Wasps and Head of the Department of Games and Sports within the Ministry of Magic.

Ottoline



Gender: Feminine

Origin: German

Meaning: “Prospers in battle.”

Pronunciation: (AWT-tuh-line); (AWT-tuh-leen)

Nicknames: Ottie, Otka, Lottie, Tola

Detail: Ottoline is a variation of Otthild, derived from ott “prosperity, fortune, riches” and hild “battle, fight”

Variations:

  • Otthild
  • Otthilda
  • Ottila
  • Ottilia
  • Ottilie
  • Ottiline
  • Ottoline
  • Otylia