Gidget

Gidget is a female given name first created by author Frederick Kohner for his novel Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas (1957), who based it on his daughter Kathy, an avid surfer in Malibu at the time. Apparently Gidget is a portmanteau of the words girl and midget, so the name essentially means "little girl". In the novels, Gidget's real …

Ghazal

Ghazal is the name of a poetic form often used in romantic poetry of the Middle East and South Asia; the verses deal with loss and romantic love consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, and typically consists of no less than five and no more than fifteen couplets. The origin of the word derives …

Sansa

Sansa is a female given name which many people will associate with George R.R. Martin's character in his epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. I've seen many sites list it as being derived from Sanskrit meaning "praise, admiration", which seems to come from a shortened form of praśaṃsā प्रशंसा (praise, admiration, approval, commendation). Considering that Sansa Stark …

Balthazar

Balthazar is a variant form of Belshazzar, a Babylonian male name meaning "may Bel protect the king" or "may Bel safeguard the king", Bel being a variant of Baal, a Canaanite god who was the chief god in Phoenician mythology and all across Mesopotamia; Baal was also used as an epithet for other gods in Near East mythology; the name …

Pressyne

Pressyne was the name of a fairy or water sprite in European folklore. Legend has it that King Elynas of Albany (another name of Scotland at the time) had fallen in love with her and wanted her to be his wife. She agreed but with one condition- that he make an oath to never see her when …

Olwen

Olwen is a Welsh female name meaning "white footprint", made up of Welsh elements ol (footprint) and gwen (white, fair, blessed). This was the name of a figure in Welsh mythology who apparently received her name because white trefoils would grow where she walked. However, it's also possible that Olwen comes from Welsh olwyn meaning "wheel" and that …

Culhwch

Culhwch (pr. keel-hookh; Forvo) is a Welsh male name meaning "narrow pig", made up of Welsh elements cul (narrow) and hwch (sow), though I've also seen it listed as meaning "hiding place of the pig". In Welsh mythology, Culhwch's mother Goleuddydd becomes mad when she gets pregnant and wanders the countryside; when her time came to give birth she regained her …

Vortigern

Vortigern is the name of a British warlord in 5th century Britain, though he's an obscure figure and there's not much known about him. He did invite the Saxons (Hengist and Horsa) to Britain in order to fight against the Picts and the Scots, eventually leading to the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain; there have been various portrayals …

Kirin

Kirin is the name of a mythological creature in Chinese mythology (also spelled qirin, xilin, and qilin), a hooved chimerical creature which was said to appear when a great sage was born or the imminent death of one, and is considered an omen of good luck. The appearance of a Kirin is debated- it could have the …

Kay

Kay is the name of a knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend (also known as Kai, Cai and Cei), the name of Arthur’s foster-brother and seneschel. The name may have originated as a Welsh form of Gaius, a Roman given name of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Latin gaudere meaning “to rejoice” though it may also be derived …

Elyan

Elyan the White is the name of a knight of the Round Table (also known as Helyan le Blanc in French). It's possible that it's a variant of Eilian, a Welsh unisex name which I've seen listed as meaning "second, moment (in time)". I've also Eilian listed as the Welsh form of Aelian, a variant of Aelianus, itself a derivative of Aelius, …

Brutus

Brutus comes from an Ancient Roman cognomen meaning "heavy" which comes from Latin brūtus (heavy, unwieldy; dull, stupid, irrational, unreasonable) via an Oscan loanword ultimately derived from a PIE root word. Lucius Junius Brutus is supposedly the founder of the Roman Republic as well as the ancestor of Marcus Junius Brutus, more commonly known as one of Julius Caesar's …