Dyveke


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Dutch

Meaning: “Little Dove.”

Pronunciation: (doo-VEE-kuh)

Nicknames: Duvi, Duva

Details: Means “little dove” in Middle Dutch, in modern Dutch duifje means “little dove”

 

2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments

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Arolilja


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Finnish

Meaning: “Lily of the steppes.”

Pronunciation: (ar-oh-LEEL-yah)

Nicknames: Aro, Ari, Lilja, Lila, Lily

Detail: From the combination of aro meaning “steppes” (steppes are large areas of flat grassy land where there are no trees), and lilja meaning “lily”.

In a medieval, Norwegian ballad, Bendik falls in love with princess Arolilja. A boy tells the king that Bendik is seeing his daughter. Bendik’s punishment is death. Arolilja prays for him to no avail, he is hanged. She dies of heartache, and the king grieves. The two are buried on either side of a church, and up from their graves lilies grow and entwine above the church roof.

Idunn


Idun by Arthur Rackham

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Norse

Meaning: “Ever young; rejuvenator.”

Pronunciation: (EE-doon) [“oo” short like in “book”]

Detail: In Norse mythology Idunn is the goddess of spring and wife of Bragi. She is the keeper of the apples of the gods. Whoever eats of these apples will be granted eternal life and youth.

Variations:

  • Idonea
  • Idonia
  • Idony (ID-uh-nee)
  • Idun
  • Idunn
  • Ithun (EE-thoon)
  • Ydun

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.