Alvis

Alvis is an anglicized spelling of Alvíss, the name of a dwarf in Norse mythology. He was supposed to marry Thrud, the daughter of the Norse god Thor. However, Thor wasn’t too pleased with the arrangement so he came up with a trick requiring the dwarf to prove his wisdom by continually asking him questions until sunrise, when the…

Ida

Ida is the name of two sacred mountains in Greek mythology, one located on the island of Crete and another in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey). The one in Crete is where the god Zeus was supposedly born and hidden, named by two nymphs named Ida and Adrasteia. It may be derived from Ancient Greek í̄d (ἴ̄δη) meaning “wooded hill, wood”…

Noor

Noor is an Arabic unisex name meaning “light” and is also an Arabic surname originating from the given name. Noor is also a Dutch variant of Nór/Nórr which comes from Old Norse norðr meaning “north”; in Norse mythology it was the name of the son of King Þorri (Thorri in English) and the founder of Norway. Noor is also a…

Hildy

Hildy seems to have developed as a diminutive form of Hilda which derives from Germanic element hild meaning “battle” as well as being a nickname for any name beginning with Hilde– such as Hildebrand or Hildred. Hilda is also a cogante of Old Norse Hildr, the name of a Valkyrie in Norse mythology who had the power to revive the dead. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Hilda…

Seith

Leith comes from Middle Welsh seith meaning “seven” which comes from Proto-Brythonic *seiθ (seven) via Proto-Celtic *sextam (seven) derived from PIE root word *septḿ̥ (seven). The modern Welsh word is saith though as far as I know neither has ever been used as a given name name. Seith has also been used as an anglicized form of seiðr, an Old Norse word meaning “witchcraft,…

Ymir

Ymir is the name of a giant in Norse mythology, the ancestor of all the giants, and the grandfather of Odin, Ve, and Vili, who later killed him and used his corpse to create the world- his blood was used to create the seas and lakes, his bones became mountains and boulders and stones; the trees…

Tyree

Tyree comes from a Scottish surname, a shortened form of McIntyre, an anglicized form of  Scottish Gaelic Mac an tSaoir meaning “son of the carpenter”. It’s also possible that Tyree came out as a modern English name, a twist on Tyrese or Tyrone, the name of a Gaelic kingdom in Ireland (Tyrone being the anglicized form of Irish Tír Eoghain meaning “land…

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…

Freya

Freya is the goddess of love, death, beauty, fertility and war in Norse mythology, and the twin sister of Freyr. The name comes from Old Norse freyja meaning “lady” which comes from Proto-Germanic *frawjǭ (lady, wife of a lord) which derives from a PIE root word. There seems to be some thought that Freya and Frigg were once the same goddess (Frigg being the…