Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Color, Female, Hebrew, J names, Nickname names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White

Jenny

Jenny originally arose as a nickname for Jane, the feminine form of John meaning "Yahweh is gracious" from Hebrew, though it's now more often used as anickname for Jennifer, which is the Cornish form of Welsh Gwenhwyfar (from which the name Guinevere comes from) meaning “fair phantom” or “white phantom” or “white specter” from Celtic elements gwen (white, fair, blessed) and sebara (phantom, demon, spirit,… Continue reading Jenny

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Ancient Greek, Arthurian legends & myths, Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, Gaelic, Gray, Hebrew, Honey, L names, Male, Moon, Nature, Nickname names, Norman French, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Laney

Laney originally derived as a nickname for names such as 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”). It could also be used as a nickname for any name with… Continue reading Laney

Arthurian legends & myths, F names, Fairy, Female, Gaelic, Mythological creatures, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Fay

Fay is a female given name which derives from several sources: the first is that it's another word for "fairy", coming from Middle English faie via Latin fata meaning "destiny, fate" derived from PIE root word *bʰeh₂- (to speak, say). In Arthurian legend, it's the epithet of Morgan le Fay (meaning Morgan the fairy); it's also been used as a nickname for… Continue reading Fay

Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Etruscan mythology, Greek mythology, Latin, Light, M names, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Marek

Marek is the Slavic form of Mark which is the English form of Marcus, an Ancient Roman name which seems to be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though it might also… Continue reading Marek

Arthurian legends & myths, Elements, M names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Welsh

Mervyn

Mervyn is the anglicized form of Merfyn, a Welsh male name of uncertain meaning though several possible meanings attributed to it are: "marrow famous" from Welsh mer (marrow) and myn (eminent); the first element of the name could also possibly be derived from Welsh mawr meaning "large; big; great"; it's also possible that Mervyn is a variant of Myrddin which is the original… Continue reading Mervyn

Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Male, Nature, O names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Owen

Owen has two possibly origins and meanings. The first is that it is a modern form of Owain, an Old Welsh name of uncertain origin. It could be a Welsh form of Eugene, the English form of Latin Eugenius which derives from Ancient Greek Eugenios meaning “well born” or "noble born" from Ancient Greek elements eu (well) from PIE root *h₁es- (to be) and genos (born) which also… Continue reading Owen

Ancient Germanic, Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Celtic, Earth, Elements, Female, I names, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Isotta

Isotta is the Italian form of Isolde, a name of uncertain origin though it’s believed to have Celtic roots or it may come from a Germanic name made up of is (ice, iron) and hild (battle) meaning “ice battle” or “iron battle”. In Arthurian legend, Isolde is the name of several figures including an Irish princess who fell in love with Tristan, the nephew of… Continue reading Isotta

Animals, Arthurian legends & myths, B names, Birds, Female, Literature, Nature, Pelican, Physical Attributes, Virtues/Attributes

Belakayne

Belakayne is a female given name, a variant spelling of Belacane, the name of an African queen who features in the medieval German romance poem Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach based on the Arthurian legends. She is the mother of Parzival's half-brother Feirefis/Feirefiz through their father Gahmuret. I don't know from where Eschenbach based the name from. I've seen one source list it… Continue reading Belakayne

Arthurian legends & myths, Elements, Fire, Irish, M names, Male, Virtues/Attributes

Malduc

Malduc is the name of a powerful sorcerer in the Arthurian legends who helped Arthur get Guinevere back after she was kidnapped. The meaning of the name is uncertain though it may be linked to Máel Máedóc meaning "disciple of Máedóc", Máedóc perhaps being a diminutive of Aodh meaning "my little Aodh", the latter derived from Áed meaning "fire" while Máel means "servant, devout follower" when combined with a… Continue reading Malduc

Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Elements, M names, Male, Virtues/Attributes, Water

Morien

Morien is an old Welsh name, a cognate of Muirgen, made up from Celtic elements *mori- (sea) and *geno- (born). In the Arthurian legends, Morien is the son of Agrovale, one of the knights of the Round Table. Traveling in Moorish lands, he meets a beautiful princess whom he slept with and had a son, Morien, though Agrovale leaves before… Continue reading Morien

Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Hebrew, L names, Male, Proto-Germanic, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Lot

Lot is a Hebrew male name meaning "covering, veil" from Hebrew lut (to envelop, wrap closely). Lot has also been used as a variant form of Leudonus and Lewdwn, a king of Lothian (also known as Leudonus in Latin), a region in Scotland. The name may have been based on Lodan, a Late Irish form of Welsh Lludd (or Lud), itself a variant… Continue reading Lot

Animals, Arthurian legends & myths, Brown, Color, Greek mythology, H names, Horses/Stallions, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Hector

Hector is the name of the Trojan hero, the son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba, and the husband of Andromache. He was the most beloved warrior in Troy and considered noble, virtuous, and dutiful. Hector was killed by Achilles and his body dragged around by a chariot (though his body was preserved by Apollo… Continue reading Hector

Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Etruscan mythology, Latin, Light, M names, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Mark

Mark is the English form of Marcus, an Ancient Roman name which seems to be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war (the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Ares). Mars is a name of uncertain etymology and meaning though it could possibly be related to Latin mas meaning “male” though it might also be from Latin marcus meaning “large hammer”.… Continue reading Mark

Animals, Arthurian legends & myths, Birds, Color, G names, Gaelic, Hawk, Kin/Family, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh, White

Gavin

Gavin is a medieval form of Gawain, a name of uncertain meaning though it could be derived from Welsh Gwalchgwyn meaning "white hawk" from Old Welsh elements gwalch (hawk) and gwyn (white). Another possible origin for the name is from Welsh Gwalchmei meaning  "hawk of May" from Old Welsh gwalch (hawk) and mei (May). The name may also be derived from an early Brittonic name, *Ualcos Magesos meaning "hawk of… Continue reading Gavin

Arthurian legends & myths, Elements, Female, Gaelic, L names, Nature, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Welsh

Lynnette

Lynnette is a variant spelling of Lynette, the English form of Welsh Luned, a variant of Eluned meaning "image, idol" from Welsh eilun. It can also be a diminutive spelling of Lynn, originally a surname derived from Welsh meaning "lake" from Gaelic linne (pond, pool, waterfall). In Arthurian legend, Lynette (also spelled Linnet) is a noble lady who travels to the court of King Arthur to… Continue reading Lynnette

African, Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Chinese, Dutch, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Estonian, Female, Greek, Hawaiian, Japanese, Joy, K names, Latin, Male, Maori, Native American, Nature, Navajo, Nickname names, Place names, Sound, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Kai

Kai is a name with various origins and meanings: it's a Hawaiian unisex name meaning "sea"; it's also a Japanese name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, such as: (海) "sea, ocean"; (貝) "shellfish"; (快) "cheerful, pleasant, agreeable, comfortable"; (戒) "commandment", and other various meanings; as well as also being a compound of… Continue reading Kai

Arthurian legends & myths, Elements, Female, Gaelic, M names, Male, Mythological creatures, Numbers, Nymphs, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Welsh

Morgan

Morgan is a unisex name though it has two different origins: as a male name it derives from Old Welsh Morcant, a masculine name possibly meaning "sea circle" from Welsh elements mor (sea) and cant (circle), though the first element may also be related to Welsh mawr meaning "large; big; great"; the second element *cant- also means "hundred". Morgan is also the name… Continue reading Morgan

Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Color, Female, G names, Virtues/Attributes, White

Guinevere

Guinevere is the wife of King Arthur who was in love with Lancelot and whose affair led to her husband's downfall. Guinevere is the Norman French form of Gwenhwyfar, 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". Nicknames:… Continue reading Guinevere

A names, Animals, Arthurian legends & myths, Bears/Bear cubs, Celtic, Male, Physical Attributes, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Arthur

Arthur is 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 also be related to Artorius,… Continue reading Arthur

Ancient Germanic, Arthurian legends & myths, Battle/War, Celtic, Earth, Elements, Female, I names, Nature, Water

Isolde

Isolde is the name of several figures in Arthurian legend, the most famous one being the princess of Ireland who is betrothed to King Mark of Cornwall. Mark's nephew Tristan goes to fetch Isolde to Cornwall and on their voyage back the two accidentally drink a love potion and wind up falling madly in love… Continue reading Isolde