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.
Meaning: “Forest; keeper of the forest.”
Nicknames: Fos, Foz
Detail: Derived from Middle English occupational words referring to a forester, scissor maker, or woodworker.
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Origin: Latin; Old English; French
Meaning: “Snow, new, juniper tree.”
Detail: Neva is derived from the Latin word neve meaning “snow”.
A different derivation of Neva is from the Old English word neowe which means “new”
Another origin of Neva is from the Old French Geneva meaning “juniper tree”
Meaning: “Righteous; Noble.”
Nicknames: Eth, Ethy, Etta, Etty, Effy
Detail: Originally a short form of any of the various Old English compound names containing the element æthel (noble).
Origin: English / Tolkien
Meaning: “Delightful charger; horse lover.”
Pronunciation: The first syllable of Eowyn sounds like “eh-ah,” with the “ah” just barely pronounced. The y in the second syllable is the same sound as the German letter ü or the French u.
(eh-ah-weun) [French u]
In the films it is pronounced (EY-oh-win)
Nicknames: Eo, Wyn
Detail: J.R.R. Tolkien created the name Eowyn using elements from Old English. In the Old English language the word eoh (or eh) means “war-horse, charger” while wyn means “delight, pleasure.”
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Meaning: “Noble battle; seasoned warrior.”
Nicknames: Aili, Lith
Detail: Modern form of the Old English Æthelgyth, a compound of the elements Æthel meaning “noble” and gyth meaning “battle, strife.”
Meaning: Debated “Skull; future.”
Nicknames: Sku, Suki
Detail: One suggestion is that it is derived from Old Norse, there are a few possibilities: From the word skàli, meaning hut or shed, or from scala, meaning skull.
Skuld means “future” in Old Norse. She was one of the three Norns, or goddesses of destiny, in Norse mythology. She was also one of the Valkyries.