Alvin

Alvin is an English male name, a variant of either Ælfwine (meaning “elf friend”), Æðelwine (“noble friend”) or Ealdwine (“old friend”). Alvin is also an English surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Elvin (English) Alwin (German, Dutch, Ancient Germanic) Alwyn (English) Adalwin (Ancient Germanic) Alfwin (Ancient Germanic) Alboin (Ancient Germanic) Ælfwine (Anglo-Saxon) Æðelwine (Anglo-Saxon) Ealdwine (Anglo-Saxon) Æthelwine (Anglo-Saxon)…

Eldon

Eldon comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning “Ella’s hill” composed from given name Ella (the Norman form of Alia which comes from Germanic element alja meaning “other, another, foreign”) and dun meaning “hill”. I’ve also seen other meaning listed for it, coming from Old English ælf (elf) or elfitu (swan) and denu (valley) meaning “elf valley” or…

Olivio

Olivio is a (Brazilian) Portuguese and Italian male name, the masculine form of Olivia, which was used by Shakespeare for a character in his play Twelfth Night (1602). He could have based it from Latin Oliva meaning “olive” or he could have based as a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher via Old Norse Alvar meaning “elf warrior” or…

Aldrich

Aldrich comes from an English surname via an Old English personal name. The second element comes from Germanic element ric meaning “ruler, power, king” while the first element seems to be a little less certain, either derived from ald (old), ælf (elf, sprite, fairy), and adal (noble). Nicknames: Al, Aldo, Rich Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aldric (French, Ancient Germanic) Aldéric (French)…

Liv

Liv is a Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish female name which comes from Old Norse hlíf meaning “protection, cover, defense, shield”, the spelling influenced by the Scandinavian word liv meaning “life”. In Norse mythology, Líf is one of two humans who will survive the events of Ragnarok, along with Lífþrasir. Liv is also a nickname for Olivia or Olive; Olivia may have been based on Latin Oliva meaning…

Agar

Agar is the Spanish and Russian form of Hagar, a Hebrew female name of uncertain meaning and origin. It’s been linked to Hebrew meaning “to flee” and “flight”, or perhaps meaning “to drag away” or “stranger, foreigner”. Agar is also an English male given name and surname in English, a late medieval form of Edgar (coming from an Old…

Aubrey

Aubrey is an English unisex name, the Norman French form of Germanic Alberich meaning “elf power” made up from Germanic elements alf (elf) and ric (power). In Germanic mythology, Alberich is a dwarf and appears in the Nibelungenlied, an epic poem in which he guards the treasure of Nibelung. It’s also an English surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Elvira

Elvira (pr. el-vye-ra or el-vee-ra though I prefer the former pronounciation) is a female given name, the Spanish form of a Visigothic name of uncertain meaning. Some possible meanings listed for it are: “all true” from Germanic elements ala (all) and wer (true); it could also be made up from Proto-Germanic *alja (other, foreign) and wer (true); it could be a variant of Guilvira, an Old…

Livia

Livia is an Ancient Roman name, the feminine form of Livius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Latin liveo meaning “to envy” or lividus meaning “blue, envious”. Livia could also be a short form of Olivia, which either derives from Latin Oliva meaning “olive” or as a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher from Old…