Etzel

Etzel is the Germanic form of Attila, its most famous bearer being the 5th century leader of the Huns, an ancient Nomadic people across central Europe, and who was feared by the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. Though often depicted as savage, barbaric and merciless, these depictions were made out by his enemies; a closer look by…

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…

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…

Eldrid

Eldrid is a Norwegian female name, the modern form of Old Norse, possibly derived from Old Norse elements eldr (fire) and fríðr (beautiful). Eldrid is also an English male name which comes from Old English Æðelþryð meaning “noble strength” made up from Old English elements Æðel (noble) and þryð (strength).It’s also possible that it’s an Old Norse form of Eldrit, a…

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)…

Vail, Vale

Vale is an English word meaning “valley” which comes from Old French val via Latin vallis (valley, vale) which derives from an unknown origin, although it’s been linked to a PIE root word. Vale is chiefly used as a poetic word for valley, which refers to a tract of land lying between two hill ranges sometimes with a…

Piroska

Piroska (pr. pee-rosh-ka; Forvo) is a Hungarian female name, the Hungarian form of Latin Prisca, the feminine form of Priscus, an Ancient Roman cognomen  meaning “old, ancient” derived from PIE *per (around; through). The name could also have been influenced by Hungarian piros meaning “red” and diminutive suffix -ka essentially meaning “little red”. Piroska is the Hungarian name for “Little Red Riding Hood”. Nicknames:…

Alder

Alder comes from an English surname, a topographical name for someone who lived near an alder tree or a grove of alder trees. The word comes from Old English alor (alder) via Proto-Germanic *alizō deriving from a PIE root word meaning “red” or “brown”. Alder may also have originated from two Old English given names: Ealdhere meaning “old army”…