Roddy

Roddy is a nickname for Roderick meaning “famous power” from Germanic elements hrod (fame) and ric (power), or it could be a short form of Rodney, a surname meaning “Hroda’s island”, Hroda being a Germanic given name meaning “fame”, and Old English eg (island).

Origin: Germanic, Old English

Variants:

  • Roderick (English, Scottish, Welsh)
  • Roderic (Catalan, English)
  • Rodney (English)
  • Rodrigo (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Galician)
  • Hroderich (Ancient Germanic)

Rona

Rona is the feminine form of Hebrew male name Ron meaning “song, joy”, as well as being the name of two islands in Scotland. Known as North Rona and South Rona, the name comes from Old Norse meaning “rough island”. It’s also a surname although I couldn’t find a specific meaning behind it, or if it’s derived from the island of Rona.

Rona is also the name of a figure in Maori mythology. She had gone to the river to get some water one night when the moon was hidden behind some clouds. When she was returning home, Rona stepped on a root in the ground and was so upset she began to curse at the moon. The moon heard her and, angered, grabbed her. Rona grabbed onto a tree but was dragged away into the sky. There seems to be another version of the myth in which Rona is a male who is looking around for his wife although I’m not quite sure of it. I couldn’t find a meaning behind the name in Maori.

Origin: Hebrew, Old Norse

Variants:

  • Rhona
  • Rònaigh (Scots Gaelic)

 

Male forms:

  • Ron (Hebrew)

 

Ailsa

Ailsa derives its name from Ailsa Craig, the name of an island located off of Scotland. Though there’s no certain etymology behind the name several theories have abounded such as possibly meaning “fairy rock”, or from Gaelic Creag Ealasaid meaning “Elizabeth’s rock”, Ealasaid being the Gaelic form of Elizabeth. Another theory I’ve seen is that it comes from Alfsigesey meaning “Alfsigr’s island”, Alfsigr derived from Old Norse meaning “elf victory” from alf (elf) and sigr (victory).

Origin: Gaelic, Old Norse