Origin: Russian from Latin
Nicknames: Mona, Mattie, Trya, Tony
Detail: The name Matryona is related to the Latin root
mater meaning “mother”.
Matryona’s Place (sometimes Matryona’s Home or House) is a story written in 1959 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It is the tale of an old peasant woman’s determined struggle against cold, hunger, and greedy relatives.
Nicknames: Frey, Fay, Reya, Ray
Detail: Freyja is a goddess in Norse mythology associated with love, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr (witchcraft), war, and death.
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)
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Meaning: “Famed warrior.”
Nicknames: Ludo, Lu, Dov, Vic
Detail: From the Germanic name
Chlodovech, composed of the elements hlud “fame” and wig “warrior”.
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.
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Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “Fair; Wanderer.”
Huckleberry Finn is the title character of the Mark Twain novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
In the Prose Edda, Finn is of the lineage of Thor.
Finnr (Old Norse)
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Detail: In Professor Tolkien’s Elvin language of Quenya, Tuilë is the name for spring
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Meaning: “Deep valley.”
Detail: Holden is an English surname which was first taken from the same English place name. It is made up of the Old English elements
hol “deep, hollow” and denu “valley”.
Holden Caulfield was the main character in the novel
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
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Majesty by Wolfgang Weber
Meaning: “Great warrior; lion-king.”
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.
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Meaning: “Song of the hero.”
Nicknames: Rod, Rodo
Detail: Rodion comes from the Greek name Heroides meaning “song of the hero” from
heros “hero, warrior” and oides “song, ode”.
Rodion is the central character of
Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky.
Meaning: “Eloquent; well-spoken.”
Nicknames: Eula, Eulie, Lali
Detail: Eulalie is the French feminine form of Latin Eulalius, meaning “well-spoken.”
“Eulalie” is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. The poem is a bridal song about a man who overcomes his sadness by marrying the beautiful Eulalie. The woman’s love has a transformative effect on the narrator, taking him from a “world of moan” to one of happiness.
Eulalia (English, Italian, and Spanish)
Eulalie (English and French) [Eng (YOO-lah-lee); Fre (OO-lah-lee)]
The short forms:
Eulia (English, Italian, and Spanish)
Lalia (English, Italian, and Spanish),
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Origin: Literay – Tolkien
Meaning: “Son of red king.”
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”.
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Idun by Arthur Rackham
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.
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Meaning: “Loki’s flyting; Loki’s quarrel.”
Nicknames: Loka, Lok, Loki, Senna
Detail: Lokasenna is one of the poems of the Poetic Edda. In this poem the gods exchange insults with Loki.
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Nicknames: Mira, Miri, Mia,
Detail: The name is derived from the root word
mirari “to admire; to wonder at”; it was invented by Shakespeare for the daughter of Prospero in his play The Tempest.
Miranda is the smallest and innermost of Uranus’ five major moons.
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Beheading of the Green Knight, Cotton Nero
Meaning: “White hawk of battle.”
Detail: Gawain is King
Arthur‘s nephew and a Knight of the Round Table. He is one of a select few of the Round Table members to be referred to as the greatest knight. And he is quite a chivalrous knight, most notably in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
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Meaning: “Mighty in battle.”
Nicknames: Maffy, Mafa
Detail: Mafalda is a Spanish and Italian variant form of Matilda, from the Germanic
maht “strength” and hild “battle”.
Harry Potter Mafalda Hopkirk is an improper Use of Magic Office employee at the Ministry of Magic.
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Paolo and Francesca by Charles Edward Halle
Meaning: “From France.”
Nicknames: Cesca, Cesi, Chess, Frankie
Detail: Francesca (and Paolo) were historical contemporaries of Dante Alighieri.
Francesca was blatantly tricked into marrying Gianciotto, who was disfigured and uncouth, when the handsome and elegant Paolo (Gianciotto’s brother) was sent in his brother’s place to settle the nuptial contract. Angered at finding herself wed the following day to Gianciotto, Francesca made no attempt to restrain her affections for Paolo and the two in fact soon became lovers. Informed of this liaison, Gianciotto one day caught them together in Francesca’s bedroom (unaware that Paolo got stuck in his attempt to escape down a ladder, she let Gianciotto in the room); when Gianciotto lunged at Paolo with a sword, Francesca stepped between the two men and was killed instead, much to the dismay of her husband, who then promptly finished off Paolo as well.
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Meaning: “Good news.”
Nicknames: Eva, Eve, Evie, Lina
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A Special Moment by Emile Munier
Meaning: “Affectionate; benevolent.”
Pronunciation: (ben-VOH-lee-oh); (ben-VOL-yo)
Nicknames: Ben, Volo
Detail: In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Benvolio is Romeo’s cousin and close friend
Meaning: “Daughter of the starry twilight.”
Nicknames: Tini, Tin, Tinu, Nuvi
Detail: Luthien Tinuviel, a half-elven princess, was “the fairest maiden that has ever been among all the children of this world.” It literally means “daughter of the starry twilight”, which signifies “nightingale”.
Origin: Celtic / Roman / Gaulish
Meaning: “The Great Provider.”
Nicknames: Rose, Rosie, Romy
Detail: A goddess of healing, water, & sacred springs.
Harry Potter series, Madam Rosmerta is the landlady of The Three Broomsticks pub in the village of Hogsmeade.
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