Peirene; Pirene

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “The tying; fastening one.”

Pronunciation: (PEY-reh-nee); (pih-REH-nee)

Nicknames: Pay, Pira, Rene

Detail: Daughter of the river god. Pirene was a nymph in Greek and Roman mythology whose unending grief for the loss of her son transformed her into a fountain near Corinth.


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Spear.”

Pronunciation: (kwih-REE-nus)

Nicknames: Q, Russ

Detail: In Roman mythology, Quirinus was an early god of the Roman state.

Name of several early saints

Professor Quirinus Quirrell taught Defence Against the Dark Arts during Harry Potter’s first year at Hogwarts.


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Celtic / Roman / Gaulish

Meaning: “The Great Provider.”

Nicknames: Rose, Rosie, Romy

Detail: A goddess of healing, water, & sacred springs.

In Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Madam Rosmerta is the landlady of The Three Broomsticks pub in the village of Hogsmeade.