Rubeus


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Red.”

Pronunciation: (roo-BAY-us); (ROO-bee-us)

Nicknames: Ru

Detail: Derived from the Latin word ruber.

Rubeus Hagrid is a character in the Harry Potter books.

“Hagrid”, according to Rowling in an interview, comes from the word “hagridden”, meaning to have a nightmarish night, particularly when hung over.

Amadeus


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Love of God.”

Pronunciation: (ahm-uh-DAY-us)

Nicknames: Amo, Amadeo, Deo

Detail: Derived from Latin amare “to love” and Deus “God”.

A famous bearer was the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

 

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Soprata


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “The highest.”

Pronunciation: (soh-PRAT-uh)

Nicknames: So, Sopi, Sopa,

Possibly derived from the Latin supra meaning “high”.

Little is known of Soprata and her sister Eustolia,  however they were revered as saints since the 7th century.

Verlie


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaulish; Roman ; Latin

Meaning: “Alder; Man; True.”

Pronunciation: (VUR-lee)

Details: It is probable that this name could derive from a Norman surname, which was itself derived from a Gaulish word meaning “alder”.

It is also possible that the name originated from the Roman name Virilius “man”, but this is not confirmed.

It could also be connected to the medieval name Ver, derived from the Latin Verus “True”. Ver enjoyed some popularity with this usage in medieval England to honor a 4th century bishop. Thus, the exact lineage of the name is unknown, but could come from any one of these roots.

Female Variations:

  • Verlea
  • Verlia
  • Verlie

Male Variations:

  • Verle
  • Verlo

Opaline


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Sanskrit

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.

Ursula


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Little bear.”

Pronunciation: (UR-suh-lah)

Nicknames: Ursa, Sula, Ulla

Deatail: Saint Ursula is a Chistian saint.

In Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Ursula is a waiting-gentlewoman attendant on Leonato’s daughter, Hero.

In the Harry Potter series, Ursula Black is the wife of Phineas Nigellus Black, a former Headmaster of Hogwarts.

Sollemnia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Religious.”

Pronunciation: (soh-LEHM-nee-ah)

Nicknames: Sol, Solle, Soli, Sola, Soleil (soh-LAY, French for “sun”)

Detail: Derived from the Latin sollemnis “religious”.

This was the name of a French shepherdess who became a saint after she was killed by her master.

Variations:

  • Solange (French)
  • Solène (French)
  • Sollemnia (Roman)

Efisio


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Italian

Meaning: “One from Ephesus.”

Pronunciation: (eh-FEE-zee-oh); (eh-FEE-zhoh)

Nicknames: Fiso, Efo

Detail: From the Latin byname Ephesius, which originally belonged to a person who was from the city of Ephesus, in Ionia.

This was the name of a saint martyred on Sardinia in the 4th century

Honor


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Honor.”

Pronunciation: (ON-er)

Nicknames: Nonie, Noor, Nora, Nori

From the Latin Honorius which meant “honor”.

Names of several saints, Honorina and Honorius.

Female Variations:

  • Annora (English)
  • Honor (English)
  • Honora (Irish, English)
  • Honoria (Roman)
  • Honorina (Roman)
  • Honorine (French)
  • Honour (English)
  • Nóirín (Irish)
  • Nonie (English)
  • Noora (Finnish)
  • Nora (Irish, English, Scandinavian, German, Italian)
  • Norah (Irish, English)
  • Noreen (Irish, English)
  • Norene (Irish, English)
  • Norina (Italian)
  • Onóra (Irish)

Male Variations:

  • Honoré (French)
  • Honorinus (Roman)
  • Honorius (Roman)

Pomona


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Fruit tree.”

Pronunciation: (pah-MOH-nah)

Nicknames: Pomme (French word for apple), Pomy, Poppy, Mona

Detail: From the Latin pomus “fruit tree”. This was the name of the Roman goddess of fruit trees.

In the Harry Potter series Pomona Sprout the professor of Herbology.

Maximus


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Greatest.”

Pronunciation: (MAKS-ih-muss)

Nicknames: Max, Maxime, Maxus

Detail: From the Roman byname derived from the Latin maximus, “greatest”.

This was the name of a 7th century monk and theologian from Constantinople, Saint Maximus.

Male Variations:

  • Massimo (Italian)
  • Maxence (French) [mak-SAHN-seh] Listen
  • Maxime (French)
  • Maximillian (English)
  • Maximo (Spanish)
  • Maximus (Ancient Roman)

Female Variations:

  • Maxima (Ancient Roman)
  • Maxine (French)

Eponine


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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)

Viatrix


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Voyager, traveller.”

Pronunciation: (VEE-ah-triks); (VAHY-ah-triks)

Nicknames: Vi, Via

Detail: Earlier form of Beatrix.

Viatrix is a feminine form of the Late Latin name Viator (VAHY-ah-tor) which meant “voyager, traveller”.

Viatrix or Beatrix was a 4th-century saint who was strangled to death during the persecutions of Diocletian.

Mercer


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Vendor of sewing materials.”

Pronunciation: (MER-ser)

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”).