Squidward


Squidward Tentacles

Gender: Masculine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Guardian of the squids.”

Pronunciation: (SKWID-wawrd)

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.

… April Fools 😉

Audefleda


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Germanic, Old English

Meaning: “Noble Beauty.”

Pronunciation: (od-FLEH-dah)

Nicknames: Aude, Fleda, Flee

Details: Composed of Germanic adal “noble” and Old English flæd “beauty”.

Famous bearer is Audefleda Princess of Franks.

Edgar


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Old English

Meaning: “Blessed spear.”

Pronunciation: (ED-gahr)

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)

Holden


Gender: Masculine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Deep valley.”

Pronunciation: (HOLE-den)

Nicknames: Hold

Detail: Holden is an English surname which was first taken from the same English place name. It is made up of the Old English elements hol “deep, hollow” and denu “valley”.

Holden Caulfield was the main character in the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

Neva


March Snow (1904) by Igor Grabar

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin; Old English; French

Meaning: “Snow, new, juniper tree.”

Pronunciation: (NEE-vah)

Nicknames: Neve

Detail: Neva is derived from the Latin word neve meaning “snow”.

A different derivation of Neva is from the Old English word neowe which means “new”

Another origin of Neva is from the Old French Geneva meaning “juniper tree”

Arlo


The Half Holiday, Alec home from school by Elizabeth Adela Stanhope Forbes

Gender: Masculine

Origin: English / Spanish / Germanic

Meaning: “A man, barberry tree, fortified hill.”

Pronunciation: (AR-loh)

Nicknames: Ar, Arl, Lo

Detail: There are several origins of the name:
An Italian variant of the German Charles meaning “man”
The Spanish word for the “barberry tree”
An Old English variant of Harlow, derived from the Anglo-Saxon words here and hlaw meaning “army hill”

Frigga


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Beloved lady; to love.”

Detail: Old Norse Frigg, Old Saxon Fri, and Old English Frig are derived from Germanic Frijjō. The root also appears in Old Saxon fri which means “beloved lady”, in Swedish as fria “to propose for marriage” and in Icelandic as frjá which means “to love.”

TGIF TFIF (Thank Frigg It’s Friday!) 😉

Yes, Friday came from the Old English frīgedæg, meaning the day of Frigg. In most Germanic languages the day is named after Freyja, such as Frīatag (Old High German), Freitag (Modern German), Freyjudagr (Old Norse), Vrijdag (Dutch), Fredag (Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish)—but Freyja and Frigg are frequently identified with each other.

Frigg is a major Norse goddess, queen of Asgard (Norse God Headquarters). Frigg appears mainly in mythological stories as wife of Odin and a mother of Baldur. She is also has the power of foresight, yet she never reveals what she knows to anyone.

Eowyn


Gender: Feminine

Origin: English / Tolkien

Meaning: “Delightful charger; horse lover.”

Pronunciation: The first syllable of Eowyn sounds like “eh-ah,” with the “ah” just barely pronounced. The y in the second syllable is the same sound as the German letter ü or the French u.

(eh-ah-weun) [French u]

In the films it is pronounced (EY-oh-win)

Nicknames: Eo, Wyn

Detail: J.R.R. Tolkien created the name Eowyn using elements from Old English. In the Old English language the word eoh (or eh) means “war-horse, charger” while wyn means “delight, pleasure.”

Ailith


photo by Julie Reeman

Gender: Feminine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Noble battle; seasoned warrior.”

Pronunciation: (EY-lith)

Nicknames: Aili, Lith

Detail: Modern form of the Old English Æthelgyth, a compound of the elements Æthel meaning “noble” and gyth meaning “battle, strife.”

Skula


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: Debated “Skull; future.”

Pronunciation: (SKOO-lah)

Nicknames: Sku, Suki

Detail: One suggestion is that it is derived from Old Norse, there are a few possibilities: From the word skàli, meaning hut or shed, or from scala, meaning skull.

Skuld means “future” in Old Norse. She was one of the three Norns, or goddesses of destiny, in Norse mythology. She was also one of the Valkyries.

Godric


Gender: Masculine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Power of God.”

Pronunciation: (GAWD-rick) 

Detail: Derived from Old English god combined with ric “power, rule”.

Godric Gryffindor is one of the four founders of Hogwarts. The symbol for Gryffindor is the lion.