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…

Ugo

Ugo is the Italian form of Hugh, which comes from Germanic element hug meaning “heart, spirit, mind” derived from a Proto-Germanic source. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Hugh (English) Hugo (English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Ancient Germanic)  

Geoffrey

Geoffrey is the Norman French form of a Germanic name. The second element of the name comes from Germanic frid meaning “peace” while the first element is trickier. It could be derived from Proto-Germanic *gautaz meaning “Geat”, Old Germanic gawia meaning “territory”, walha meaning “foreigner, Celtic, Gaul”, or gisil meaning “hostage, pledge”. It’s also been conflated with Godfrey in the past meaning “peace of God”. Geoffrey is…

Brunhild

Brunhild is a variant spelling of Brünhild, an Ancient Germanic name meaning “armor, protection + battle” made up from Proto-Germanic *brunjǭ (breastplate) and Proto-Germanic *hildiz (battle, fight) derived from a PIE source. In Germanic mythology, Brunhild (also spelled Brynhildr) is a shieldmaiden and valkyrie. Origin: Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Brünhild (German) Brunhilde (German, Ancient Germanic) Brunihild (Ancient Germanic) Brynhildr (Ancient Scandanavian, Norse mythology)…

Hayden

Hayden comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning “hay valley” or “hay hill” derived from Old English elements heg (hay) and either denu (valley) or dun (hill). Hayden is also an anglicized form of Irish surname Ó hÉideáin and Ó hÉidín meaning “descendant of Éideán”, the latter a diminutive of Irish éideadh meaning “clothes, armor, dress, garb”. Hayden could also be an…

Odette

Odette is the French diminutive of Oda, a Germanic female name derived from Germanic aud meaning “wealth, fortune” derived from Proto-Germanic *audaz (wealth, riches), though it may also be derived from Germanic odal meaning “fatherland”. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Odetta (English) Oda (Ancient Germanic, German, Norwegian) Auda (Ancient Germanic) Odilia (Ancient Germanic) Odila (Ancient Germanic) Odelia (English) Ottoline (English) Ottilie (German) Odilie (German) Ute…

Bayle

Bayle is a French and English surname, a topographical name for someone who lived by the outer wall of a castle; the name comes from Bailey, an occupational name for a bailiff. It could also be a variant spelling of Bale, an English word referring to a large bundle that has been compressed and wrapped for shipping (ex. a…

Fuchsia

Fuchsia (pr. fyoo-shuh) is the name of a genus of flowers as well as the name of a vivid purplish red color derived from the color of the flower. It was named after botanist Leonard Fuchs; Fuchs is a German surname meaning “fox”, originally derived as a nickname for someone who was sly and cunning, or for someone who…

Edgar

Edgar is a male given name meaning “wealthy spear” from Old English ead (wealth, fortune, riches) from Proto-Germanic *audaz (wealth, riches); and gar (spear) which comes from Proto-Germanic *gaizaz (spear, spike, javelin) which derives from a PIE root. Edgar is also an English and Scottish surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Ed, Eddie/Eddy Origin: Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Edgard (French) Eadgar (Old English,…

Ygritte

Ygritte is a female name, a created name for a wilding character in author George R.R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire. Though I couldn’t find any information of where Martin got the name from, I can’t help but wonder if he was inspired by Ygraine, the name of Arthur’s mother from the Arthurian…

Dougray

Dougray is a male name which seems to have originated as a French surname. It could be a variant form of Dugarry, a French surname referring to someone from a town called Le Garry, or perhaps from another habitational surname, Duguay, referring to someone from a place called Dugay.  I’ve also seen it as possibly being…

Vikare

Vikare is the Etruscan name of Icarus, the son of Daedalus in Greek myth. Icarus and his father attempted to escape imprisonment from King Minos of Crete by flying off from wings created by Daedalus from feathers and wax. However, Icarus flew too close to the sun which melted the wax and caused him to fall into the ocean and drown. I couldn’t find the origin…

Xarles

Xarles is the Basque form of Charles which derives from Germanic Karl from Proto-Germanic *karilaz meaning “free man”, used to refer to men who were not thralls or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society so it connotes the idea of a free man. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Charles (English, French)  

Wren

Wren is the name of small, brownish songbirds with loud and complex songs. It comes from Old English wrenna from Old High German wrendo, wrendilo via Proto-Germanic wrandijô though the source and etymology of the word is unknown. Wren is also an English surname, likely originating as a nickname for someone who resembled the wren in some way such as being…

Eden

Eden is the name of the biblical garden where Adam and Eve came from before being expelled, becoming synonomous with paradise and anyplace that is fertile and utnouched. Although I’ve seen it listed as meaning “place of paradise” from Hebrew, it could perhaps be derived from an older source, Sumerian edin meaning “steppe” or “plain”….

Grace

Grace comes from Latin gratia meaning “favor, kindness” and usually referring to qualities of elegance, pleasantness, charm, kindness, courteousness, and attractiveness. It derives from grātus (pleasing, acceptable, agreeable) via PIE *gʷerH- (to favor, approve; praise). I’ve also seen it listed as having originally been associated with Germanic element gris meaning “gray” though it was later eclipsed with the Latin…

Reed

Reed comes from an English surname which comes from multiple sources: it comes from Old English rēad meaning “red” from Proto-Germanic *raudaz via Proto-Indo-European *h₁rewdʰ- (red); it was originally a nickname given to someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion; it’s also from Old English ried meaning “clearing”, likely a topographical surname for someone who lived in or near one; it comes…

Brady

Brady comes from an Irish surname, the anglicized form of Ó Brádaigh meaning “descendant of Brádach”, the latter a byname possibly meaning “broad” in reference to someone who was broad-chested; or it means “descendant of the thief” from bradach meaning “thieving, stolen, plunder”. Brady also has its own origins as an English surname meaning “broad eye” from Old English brād (broad) derived…

Warrick

Warrick comes from an English surname via a place name, a variant spelling of Warwick meaning “dam settlement” or “dwelling by the weir”, a weir being a small dam near a river or stream which regulates the flow of water downstream. It’s made up from Proto-Germanic warją (dam, weir) and Old English wīċ (settlement; village; dwelling) derived from Germanic *wīk- (settlement, village, dwelling) via…

Froy

Froy could be an anglicized form of Frøy, a Norwegian unisex name, the Norwegian form of Freyr, the name of the Norse god of fertility and the weather. His name comes from Proto-Germanic *frawjaz meaning “lord”. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Frøy (Norwegian) Fray (Norwegian) Frey Freyr   Female forms: Freya (Norse mythology, English) Freyja (Norse mythology, Icelandic) Freja (Danish,…