Bellicent

Bellicent could be an Old French form of Belissendis, a Germanic name made of elements bili (gentle, kind, fitting, suitable, proper) and swind (strong, brave, powerful) so essentially meaning “gentle power” or “gentle strength”. It could also possibly be related to Belenus, the name of a Celtic god of the sun, whose name possibly means “bright, brilliant”

In the Arthurian legends, Bellicent is the half-sister of King Arthur (though in some versions she goes by Morgause) and is the mother of Gareth and Gawain.

Origin: Germanic

Variants:

  • Belisent
  • Belisant

 

Lukan

Lukan is a variant spelling of Lucan, derived from Roman Lucanus meaning “from Lucania”, referring to someone who came from the city of Lucania located in southern Italy. The name seems to be derived from Ancient Greek *leukos meaning “white” and “bright, shining”, or it could be derived from Latin lucus meaning “sacred wood” or “sacred grove” (lucus is also a cognate of lucere meaning “shining, bright” from the same root word as *leukos). Lucan is also a place name in Ireland, deriving its name from Gaelic Leamhcán meaning “place of the elms” from leamhán (elm) and ceann (headland, point).

As well as being a given name, Lukan is also a surname which seems to be derived from the given name. Lucan is also the name of a character in the Arthurian legend, a knight of the Round Table, as well as Butler of the royal court.

Origin: Ancient Greek, Latin, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Lucan (English, Ancient Roman)
  • Lucanus (Ancient Roman)
  • Loukanos (Ancient Greek)

 

Ambrose

Ambrose is the English form of Latin Ambrosius, derived from Greek Ambrosios meaning “immortal”. In Greek mythology, ambrosia is the food of the gods which also bestowed immortality on those who ate it. Ambrose is also another name for Merlin, the wizard who helps King Arthur in Arthurian legend, known as Merlin Ambrosius. It’s also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Ambrosius (Latin)
  • Ambrosios (Greek)
  • Ambrogio (Italian)- Ambrogino and Giotto are Italian diminutives of the name
  • Ambroise (French)
  • Ambrosio (Spanish)
  • Ambrósio (Portuguese)
  • Ambrus (Hungarian)
  • Emrys (Welsh)
  • Ambrozije (Croatian)
  • Ambrož (Slovene, Czech)
  • Ambroos (Dutch)- Broos is the Dutch and Limburgish diminutive of the name
  • Ambrosi (Georgian)
  • Ambroży (Polish)
  • Amvrosiy (Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian)
  • Amvrosy (Russian)

 

Female forms:

  • Ambrosia (Ancient Greek)
  • Ambrosine (English)
  • Ambrosette (English)

 

Gareth

Gareth is the name of one of the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian legends, the son of Lot and Morgause, Arthur’s older half-sister, which makes him Arthur’s nephew. The name first appeared in Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, based on the name Gahariet, an Old French form of the name. The etymology behind the name is uncertain though it has been linked to Welsh gwaredd meaning “gentleness”. It could also be connected to another name, Geraint, the Welsh form of Latin Gerontius meaning “old man” from Greek geron. Other possible meanings I’ve come across is that it might be from Welsh Gweir “grass”, “hay”, “collar”, “loop” or “bend” or Gweirydd “Gweir + lord”, or that it could be from Old Welsh gwrhyt “valor”.

Origin: Welsh, Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Gahariet (Medieval French)
  • Gaharet
  • Gahareth
  • Gariet