Lalaine

Lalaine seems to be a Filipino female name, perhaps a combination of prefix la- and given name Elaine, which is an Old French form of Helen, the English form of Greek Helene  an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”. There are several characters in Arthurian legend…

Portia

Portia is an English female name, a variant of Ancient Roman Porcia, the feminine form of Porcius, an Ancient Roman family name meaning “pig” via Latin porcus (pig) deriving from a PIE root word. Shakespeare used it for a character in The Merchant of Venice (1596 or 1599) as well being the name of a moon of Uranus. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Aisling

Aisling (pr. ash-lin or ash-ling) is an Irish female meaning “dream, vision”, as well as the name of a type of Irish poem in which Ireland appears as a woman lamenting the state of the Irish people and predicts their revival.  Origin: Irish Variants: Aislin (Irish) Aislinn (Irish) Ashling (Irish, English) Aislene (Irish) Aisleyne (English) Ashlyn (English) Ashlynn (English)  

Cressida

Cressida is a female given name, seemingly a Medieval English and Renaissance variant of Chryseis, an Ancient Greek female name, a patronymic meaning “daughter of Chryses“; Chryses is an Ancient Greek male name meaning “gold, golden” which seems to be derived from a Semitic source. Chryseis‘s real name was Astynome. Chryseis features in the Iliad, the daughter of an Apollon priest who…

Troilus

Troilus is the name of one of the sons of King Priam of Troy; according to prophecy, if Troilus reaches adulthood than the city of Troy would not fall. He is ambushed and killed by Achilles, thus seeming to signal the fall of Troy. Troilus is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Troilos meaning “Trojan”. Troilus features in several Medieval English and…

Gertrude

Gertrude is an English and German female given name meaning “spear strength”, made up of Germanic elements ger (spear) and thrud (strength). It was used by Shakespeare for a character in Hamlet (1600) as the mother of the eponymous character. Nicknames: Gert, Gerty/Gertie, Trudy/Trudie, Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Germanic Variants: Gertrud (German, Swedish, Ancient Germanic) Gertraud (German) Geretrudis (Latinized Ancient…

Enid

Enid is the name of a character in the Arthurian Romance, the wife of Geraint (Erec in some sources). It derives from Welsh enaid meaning “soul” which comes from Middle Welsh eneit (spirit, life) derived from a PIE root word meaning “to breathe”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Enide (English) Enida (English) Enyde (English) Enyda (English) Ened (English) Enit (English)…

Ferdinand

Ferdinand is an Italian and Spanish name made up from Germanic elements  fardi (journey) and nand (daring, brave) essentially meaning “dangerous journey” or “brave journey”; alternatively, the first part of the name could be derived from Germanic frið meaning “peace”. Ferdinand is also a surname originating from the given name. Ferdinand was the name of a character in Shakespeare’s The…

Linnet

Linnet is the name of a small bird, a type of finch. The name comes from Old French linette, a diminutive of lin meaning “flax” via Latin linum (flax; linen cloth) which seems to be derived from a PIE root word though it may also be possible that it derives from a non Indo-European source, perhaps from a Mediterranean…

Lionel

Lionel originated as a diminutive of French Léon meaning “lion” derived from Ancient Greek leon (lion). In Arthurian legend, Lionel is also the name of a knight of the Round Table, a double cousin of Lancelot. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Léonel (French) Lionello (Italian)   Female forms: Lionella (Italian)