Gunther

Gunther is the name of a historical king who appears in the Germanic saga Nibelungenlied, wanting to marry Brunhild, a shieldmaiden or valkyrie, but a fiercely strong and independent woman. She sets a series os tasks for Gunther that are impossible for him to do, so his oath-brother (and later brother-in-law) Siegfried took his place with the aid…

Louis

Louis (pr. loo-ee in British English and French, loo-is in American English) is the French form of Ludovicus, the Latinized form of Germanic name Ludwig, from Ancient Germanic Chlodovech, meaning “famous battle” or “famous in battle” derived from Germanic elements hlud (famous) and wig (war, battle). Louis is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Lou, Louey/Louie Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Marius

Marius comes from a Roman family name which can either be used as a masculine form of Maria (the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian…

Eldrid

Eldrid is a Norwegian female name, the modern form of Old Norse, possibly derived from Old Norse elements eldr (fire) and fríðr (beautiful). Eldrid is also an English male name which comes from Old English Æðelþryð meaning “noble strength” made up from Old English elements Æðel (noble) and þryð (strength).It’s also possible that it’s an Old Norse form of Eldrit, a…

Hildy

Hildy seems to have developed as a diminutive form of Hilda which derives from Germanic element hild meaning “battle” as well as being a nickname for any name beginning with Hilde– such as Hildebrand or Hildred. Hilda is also a cogante of Old Norse Hildr, the name of a Valkyrie in Norse mythology who had the power to revive the dead. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hilda…

Olivio

Olivio is a (Brazilian) Portuguese and Italian male name, the masculine form of Olivia, which was used by Shakespeare for a character in his play Twelfth Night (1602). He could have based it from Latin Oliva meaning “olive” or he could have based as a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher via Old Norse Alvar meaning “elf warrior” or…

Lorraine

Lorraine is a female given name which derives from the name of a region in France meaning “kingdom of Lothar”, named for a Frankish king named Lothair; it means “famous army” made up from Germanic elements hlud (fame, famous) and hari (army). Lorraine is also a surname originating as a locational name for someone who came from the region…

Harmon

Harmon comes from a surname, a variant of Herman meaning “army man”, made up from Germanic elements hari (army) and man (man). Nicknames: Harm Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Herman (English, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Ancient Germanic) Hermann (German) Hermanus (Dutch, Ancient Germanic) Hariman (Ancient Germanic) Hermanni (Finnish) Armand (French) Ármann (Icelandic) Armando (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Ermanno (Italian) German…

Alphonse

Alphonse is the French form of Alfonso, the Italian and Spanish form of a Visigothic name which seems to be made up of Germanic elements adal (noble) and funs (ready). Alphonse is also a surname originating from the given name. It’s also possible that Alphonse is a variant form of Ildefonso, the Spanish form of Visigothic Hildefuns meaning “battle ready”…