Ask


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Of the ash tree.”

Pronunciation: (ahsk)

Detail: From the Germanic element ask meaning “ash-tree”

According to Norse mythology, the first humans were carved from trees by Odin and his brothers Vili and Ve. They cut down an Ash tree and from it made the first man, Ask. From an elm tree they carved the first woman, Embla.

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Mafalda


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Mighty in battle.”

Pronunciation: (mah-FAHL-dah)

Nicknames: Maffy, Mafa

Detail: Mafalda is a Spanish and Italian variant form of Matilda, from the Germanic maht “strength” and hild “battle”.

In Rowling’s Harry Potter Mafalda Hopkirk is an improper Use of Magic Office employee at the Ministry of Magic.

Alena


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Czech / Gaelic Meaning: “Rock.”

Origin: French Meaning: “Bird; Hazelnut.”

Origin: Greek Meaning: “Bright one; shining one; defender of men.”

Pronunciation: (ah-LEY-nah)

Nicknames: Ala, Ali, Lena, Leni

Detail: Saint Alena was a Belgian martyr.

Variations:

  • Ailina
  • Aleena (English)
  • Alena
  • Alene (English and Czech)
  • Aleni
  • Alenia
  • Alenka (English, Russian, and Slavic)
  • Alenna
  • Alenya
  • Alyna (Russian)

Yfke


Yfke Sturm

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Frisian

Meaning: “Bow; Yew.”

Pronunciation: (EEF-keh)

Nicknames: Yffy, Effy

Detail: Possibly derived from the French name Yves, which originated as a shortened form of any Germanic name containing ‘iv’ (‘yew’).

Yfke Sturm is a Dutch supermodel.

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)

Harry


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Army; warrior; to rule.”

Pronunciation: (HAIR-ree)

Detail: Harry James Potter is the main protagonist of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The books cover seven years in the life of the lonely orphan who, on his eleventh birthday, learns he is a wizard. He attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to learn magic. Under the guidance of the kind headmaster Albus Dumbledore, Harry discovers that he is already famous throughout the wizarding world, and that his fate is tied with that of Lord Voldemort, the universally feared Dark wizard who killed Harry’s father and mother.