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)

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?

Fyvie


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Gaelic

Meaning: “From the wilderness by the river.”

Pronunciation: (FI-vee)

Nicknames: Fy, Fee

Detail: The name of Fyvie itself has changed since earliest days when it was known as Fywin.

According to one source, the name is derived from the Gaelic flodh abhuinn meaning “wilderness by the river”.

Name of a haunted Scottish castle in whose history goes back to the year 1211.

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.

Artaxias


Majesty by Wolfgang Weber

Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Great warrior; lion-king.”

Pronunciation: (ar-TAKS-ee-as)

Nicknames: Arto, Art, Artie, Tax

Detail: Artaxes (ar-TAK-seez) is the Greek form of Persian Artachshatra. In the bible, this is the name of the son and successor of Khshayarsha as emperor of Persia. His Hebrew name is Artachshashta.

Rorimac


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Literay – Tolkien

Meaning: “Son of red king.”

Pronunciation: (ROR-ih-mak)

Nicknames: Rory, Mac

Detail: Possibly derived from the Gaelic rori meaning “red king” and mac “son of”

Rorimac is grandfather of Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck. He was present at Bilbo’s famous Birthday Party, and was noted as being the first to suspect that Bilbo’s disappearance at that party meant that “Mad Baggins” had gone off on another adventure. He was nearly a hundred years old at that time, and commonly known as “Old Rory”.

Vashti


 

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Persian

Meaning: “Good looking, beautiful.”

Pronunciation: (VASH-tee)

Nicknames: Vash

Detail: In the book of Esther, in the bible, Vashti is the wife of King Ahasuerus. The king holds a banquet for his men, and Vashti holds a separate banquet for the women. On the seventh day, when the king was “merry with wine,” he sends for Vashti to come before him and his guests, to show off her beauty. Vashti refuses to come, and the king becomes angry. He asks his advisers how Vashti should be punished for her disobedience. His adviser tells him that Vashti has wronged not only the king, but also all of the husbands of Persia, whose wives may be encouraged by Vashti’s actions to disobey their husbands. He encourages the king to dismiss Vashti and find a new queen. The king then chooses Esther to replace Vashti as queen.

Noor


Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Origin: Arabic

Meaning: “Light.”

Pronunciation: (noor)

Detail: This name is borne by the Queen Noor of Jordan.

Noor is a city in northern Iran.

Noor is also a beautiful Pakistani actress.

In the Dutch and Flemish ethymology the name Noor is a form of Eleanor, meaning “God is my light.”

Arthur


painting by Frank Dicksee

Name Day: November 15

Gender: Masculine

Origin: debated

Meaning: (Celtic) “Bear; Stone” (Germanic) “Thor, eagle.”

Nicknames: Art, Artie, Thor

Detail: King Arthur is a legendary British leader who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defence of Britain against the Saxon invaders in the early 6th century.

Lucius Artorius Castus was a Roman officer who lived in the late second century.

St. Arzhel was born in Wales in 482, founded a monastery in the Forest of Broceliande in Brittany. Famed as a magician, Arzhel was summoned to King Childebert’s court in Paris. After his death, Arzhel’s name was invoked to end droughts.

Variations:

  • Aart (Dutch)
  • Anthanasios (Greek)
  • Artair (Scottish)
  • Artek (Polish), Artis (Czech)
  • Arto (Finnish)
  • Artorius (Latin)
  • Artturi (Finnish)
  • Arturo (Italian and Spanish)
  • Arzhel (Celtic) [AHR-zel]
  • Arzhul (Celtic) [AHR-zool]
  • Arzhur (Celtic) [AHR-zoor]
  • Atze (German)
  • Thanasis (Greek)
  • Thanos (Greek)

Ptolemy


Name Day:  August 24

Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Aggressive; warlike.”

Pronunciation: (TO-leh-mee) Ptolemy

Nicknames: Tol, Tolo, Lemy

Detail: Greek name derived from the word polemeios, meaning “agressive, warlike.” Ptolemy was very popular with the upper class of Greece for several hundred years AD, so appears on many unrelated generals and leaders of the time.

Ptolemy was an Egyptian astronomer, mathematician, and geographer who flourished in Alexandria during the 2nd century A.D.

It was also the name of fifteen Egyptian kings.

Variations:

  • Batlemos (Arabic)
  • Ptolemaeus (Greek)
  • Ptolemaeus (Latin)
  • Ptolemaios (Greek / German)
  • Ptolemais (Greek)
  • Ptolemäus (German)
  • Ptolemy (English)
  • Ptolomeo (Spanish)
  • Talmai (Aramaic)
  • Talmai (Hebrew)
  • Tolomeo (Italian / Spanish)

Isolde


Sophia Myles

 

Gender: Feminine

Meaning: (Welsh) “Beautiful; fair lady.” Or (Germanic) “Ice princess.”

Pronunciation: (ih-ZOLD)

Origin: The origin of Isolde is somewhat disputed. It might derive from the Welsh word “esyllt,” meaning “beautiful”; it might also derive from the Germanic words for “ice” and “to rule.”

Detail: In Arthurian legend, this is the name a tragic princess who was the lover of Tristan.

Variations:

  • Essylt (Old Irish)
  • Esyllt (Welsh)
  • Iseult (Old French)
  • Ishild (Ancient Germanic)
  • Isold (English)
  • Isolda (English)
  • Isolina (Italian)
  • Isolt (English)
  • Isolte (English)
  • Isotta (Italian)
  • Izolda (Polish)
  • Yseult (Old French)
  • Ysolt (Celtic)