Svenja


Gender: Feminine

Origin: German

Meaning: “Swan.”

Pronunciation: (SVEN-yah)

Nicknames: Svee, Svea, Enja  

Detail: German feminine form of Sven.

Alternatively, it may be a Low German short form of names beginning with the Germanic element svan meaning “swan”.

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Ludovic


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Famed warrior.”

Pronunciation: (LOO-doh-vik)

Nicknames: Ludo, Lu, Dov, Vic

Detail: From the Germanic name Chlodovech, composed of the elements hlud “fame” and wig “warrior”.

In the Harry Potter series, Ludovic Bagman was a quidditch beater for the Wimbourne Wasps and Head of the Department of Games and Sports within the Ministry of Magic.

Ottoline



Gender: Feminine

Origin: German

Meaning: “Prospers in battle.”

Pronunciation: (AWT-tuh-line); (AWT-tuh-leen)

Nicknames: Ottie, Otka, Lottie, Tola

Detail: Ottoline is a variation of Otthild, derived from ott “prosperity, fortune, riches” and hild “battle, fight”

Variations:

  • Otthild
  • Otthilda
  • Ottila
  • Ottilia
  • Ottilie
  • Ottiline
  • Ottoline
  • Otylia

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”

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