Inkeri

Inkeri is a Finnish female name, the Finnish form of Old Norse Ingiríðr meaning “Ing is beautiful”, combined with Old Norse fríðr (beautiful, lovely, fair) and Ing, being another name for Yngvi, the name of an Old Norse god of fertility who may have been an older form or a different name for Freyr, which comes via Proto-Germanic *frawjaz meaning “lord” derived from a PIE root word. Yngvi may…

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…

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…

Olaf

Olaf comes from Old Norse Áleifr meaning “ancestor’s descendant” made up from Old Norse elements anu (ancestor) and leifr (descendant, heir) both of which derive from a PIE source. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Áleifr (Ancient Scandinavian) Olav (Norwegian, Danish) Oluf (Danish) Olavi (Finnish, Estonian) Olev (Estonian) Ólavur (Faroese) Uolevi (Finnish Ólafur (Icelandic) Amhlaoibh (Irish) Olavo (Portuguese) Amhlaidh (Scottish) Aulay (Scottish)…

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh is the name of the legendary king of Uruk (an ancient Sumerian city-state); he is also the eponymous hero of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia which is the oldest surviving piece of literature in the world. He may have been based on a historical king named Gilgamesh around the 27th…

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…

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…

Ethel

Ethel is a female given name meaning “noble” from Old English æðel, originally used as a  short form of names such as Etheldred or Ethelberta, making it a cognate of Germanic adal. Ethel also refers to the Anglo-Saxon rune odal which means “homeland; ancestral lands” from Proto-Germanic ǣþel.  Origin: Old English, Proto-Germanic Variants: Ethyl (English) Ethelyn (English)  

Olin

Olin is a unisex name, a feminine form of Oline from Scandinavian male name Ole, the Danish and Norwegian masculine form of Olaf which comes from Old Norse Áleifr meaning “ancestor’s descendant” from Old Norse elements anu (ancestor) and leifr (descendant). Olin could also be the male form of Olina which also comes from the same source as Oline. Spelled Olen, it’s the Russian word for “deer” as well as also…