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)…

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)  

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…