Fenrir


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Old Norse

Pronunciation: (FEHN-rir)

Nicknames: Fen, Fenno

Detail: The meaning Fenrir is disputed on is thought to be the Old Norse “fen-dweller”. Another idea is the short form of Fenrisúlfr. Which means “Fenris-wolf”, derived from the name Fenris combined with Old Norse úlfr “wolf.” The etymology of the name Fenris is uncertain; it is thought that it is derived from Old Norse fen “moor, marsh, swamp” and Old Norse hris “brushwood, shrub.”

In Norse mythology, Fenrir is a monstrous wolf and is foretold to kill the god Odin during the events of Ragnarök (the end of the world).

J. K. Rowling also uses the name for one of her werewolf characters, Fenrir Greyback, in the popular Harry Potter series.

Vlada


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Slavic

Meaning: “Rule.”

Pronunciation: (VLAH-duh)

Details: Old short form of Slavic names beginning with the element volod meaning “rule”.

Vlad Dracula, a 15th-century prince of Wallachia, was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for the name of his vampire, Count Dracula.

Caspar


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Persian

Meaning: “Treasurer.”

Pronunciation: (KAS-par)

Nicknames: Cas, Caz

Detail: Traditionally it belonged to one of the three Magi (the Three Wise Men of the Christian nativity story). The name is also associated with the children’s cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Variations:

  • Caspar
  • Casper
  • Gaspar
  • Gaspard
  • Gaspare
  • Gasper
  • Geisbert
  • Gijsbert
  • Kaspar
  • Kasparek
  • Kasper
  • Kasprus

Circe


Circe by Wright Baker

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Goddess of transformations.”

Pronunciation: (SIR-see); (SUR-see) Circe

Nicknames: Cee, Ciri

Detail: Circe transformed her enemies, or those who offended her, into animals through the use of magical potions.

Lilith


Lilith (1892) by John Collier

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Sumerian

Meaning: “Of the Night.”

Pronunciation: (LIL-ith)

Nicknames: Lil, Lily, Lith, Lithie, Lila

Detail: In mythology, this is the name of a Mesopotamian / Sumerian goddess of storms. The oldest story considers Lilith to be Adam’s first wife.

Amaranth


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Immortal; unfading.”

Pronunciation: (am-ah-RANTH) Amaranth

Nicknames: Ama, Amara, Am, Ammy, Ranthe, Mara

Detail: In Greek mythology, the amaranth was an eternally-blooming flower.

Amaranth Brandybuck was a Hobbit in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Variations:

  • Amaranta (ah-mah-RAN-ta)
  • Amaranthe (am-ah-RAN-thee)

Menodora


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Gift of the moon.”

Nicknames: Meno, Mena, Meni, Dora

Detail: Menodora, Metrodora, and Nymphodora are virgin martyrs venerated by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. According to tradition, the three women were sisters from Bithynia in Asia Minor. They chose not to marry and to forsake the world. They found a home in a remote location and spent their days in fasting and prayer. When reports reached the governor of the region, Frontonius, that the ill had supposedly been healed as a result of their prayers, he ordered that they be arrested and brought before him. When they refused to forsake Christianity, the governor ordered that they be tortured and then killed. After their deaths, the governor was supposedly struck by lightning and killed as well.