Yvain

Yvain is the French form of Owain, the name of a knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. Yvain is one of the Knights of the Round Table, the son of King Urien and Morgan le Fay. In Yvain, Knight of the Lion he is depicted as seeking revenge for the death of his cousin by the…

Peredur

Peredur is the name of several figures in Welsh mythology from which the name Percival may have been based upon. The name possibly means “hard spear”.  Nicknames: Perry Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Blanche

Blanche comes from French meaning “white” via Old French blanc (white) from Late Latin, Vulgar Latin *blancus (white) ultimately derived from PIE root word *bʰleyǵ- (to shine). Blanche could also be a shortened form of Blanchefleur meaning “white flower” in French; it is used as the name of the mother of Tristan, the lover of Isolde, as well as the name of…

Gwenhwyfar

Gwenhwyfar is a Welsh female name, the Welsh form of Guinevere which is made up of Proto-Celtic *windos (fair, white, blessed) and sebara (specter, phantom, demon, spirit, magical being), so the name essentially means “fair phantom”, “white phantom” or “white magical being”. In Arthurian legend, Guinevere is the wife of King Arthur and ends up being his eventual downfall. Nicknames: Gwen, Gwennie/Gwenny Origin:…

Nimue

Nimue is the name of an enchantress in Arthurian legend, also known as Vivien/Vivienne, Niniane, and Nineve/Nyneve, and depicted as either the Lady of the Lake or as a lover of Merlin who eventually imprisons him. There wasn’t much I could find behind the name. It could be derived from Greek mneme meaning “memory” though it’s also possible that Nimue is…

Merlin

Merlin is a key figure in Arthurian legend, a sorcerer who is Arthur’s closest adviser and ally. It comes from Welsh Myrddin meaning “sea fortress” made up from Proto-Celtic elements *mori (sea) and *dūnom (stronghold, rampart). The name was Latinized into Merlinus by Geoffrey of Monmouth because its regular form, Merdinus, was similar to the Anglo-Norman word merde that meant excrement. Myrrdin Wyllt is…

Fisher

Fisher comes from an English surname, an occupational name for someone who was a fisherman, though it may have also been used as a locational name for someone who lived near a fish weir on a river which comes from the Old English term fisc-gear (fish weir). As an Irish surname, Fisher was used as a translation…

Arturo

Arturo is the Italian and Spanish form of Arthur, the name of the legendary king of the Arthurian legends, the king of the Britons who defended against Saxon invaders. The meaning behind the name is unknown though it has often been linked to Celtic *artos meaning “bear” combined with rīxs meaning “king” meaning “bear king” or gwr (man) meaning “bear man”. The name may…

Vivienne

Vivienne is the French feminine form of Viviana, the feminine form of Vivianus, an Ancient Roman male name which comes from Latin vivus meaning “alive, living” which derives from a PIE root. In Arthurian legend, Vivienne is one of the names given to the Lady of the Lake. Nicknames: Vivi, Viva, Viv Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Viviana (Italian, Spanish,…