Rocco

Rocco is an Italian male name which comes from an Ancient Germanic element of uncertain meaning though I’ve seen several possible meanings for it: Proto-Germanic *hrōkaz (rook, crow), hrok (rest), rohon (to roar, shout). It’s also possible that Rocco is a variant form of Rocca, a locational name for someone who came from a place called Rocca, meaning “fortress, stronghold;…

Merlin

Merlin is a key figure in Arthurian legend, a sorcerer who is Arthur’s closest adviser and ally. It comes from Welsh Myrddin meaning “sea fortress” made up from Proto-Celtic elements *mori (sea) and *dūnom (stronghold, rampart). The name was Latinized into Merlinus by Geoffrey of Monmouth because its regular form, Merdinus, was similar to the Anglo-Norman word merde that meant excrement. Myrrdin Wyllt is…

Alara

Alara is a unisex name with several possible etymologies: it’s a Turkish female name, or at least it appears in Turkic mythology as a water fairy who is able to grant wishes as well as the name of a historic castle located in southern Turkey, built under the Byzantine Empire. I couldn’t find a meaning…

Brody

Brody comes from a Scottish, Irish, and English surname, a variant spelling of Brodie, a habitational name with several possible meanings: it could be derived from Gaelic brothach meaning “muddy place”; it could also be derived from Scottish Gaelic brothaigh meaning “rampart” or “fortification”; it’s also possible that Brody could be made up from Old English brad-eage meaning “broad eye”, originally…

Barry

Barry is the anglicized form of Bairre, an Irish male name which is a diminutive of either Fionnbharr or Barrfhion both of which mean “fair hair” or “fair-headed”, composed of fionn (white, fair) and barr (head). As a surname Barry has several possible origins: as an Irish surname it could be used as an anglicized form of Berach meaning “sharp” or…

Lara

Lara is a Russian female name, a shortened form of Larissa, the name of a city in Thessaly, Greece, that dates back to five thousand years ago (it’s also the name of a few other towns in the region). Apparently the city received its name from a nymph named Larissa, the daughter of Pelasgus (or the mother in…

Camelot

Camelot is the name of King Arthur‘s realm. The origin of its etymology is unknown. Some sources cite it as being a corruption of Camlann, the site of the final battle between Arthur and Mordred. The name might derive from *Cambo-landa meaning “crooked land” or *Cambo-glannameaning “crooked bank (of a river), from Proto-Celtic *kambos (crooked) and either Old Irish lann (land) or Gaulish glanna (bank “of…

Duna

Duna could be used as the strictly feminine form of Dune, used to refer to a sand hill formed by the wind in deserts or near coastal regions. The origin of the word comes from Middle Dutch dūne, which itself could possibly be derived from Gaulish dunum (hill) or from Proto-Celtic dunom (stronghold, rampart). It derives from…

Dune

Dune is an English word referring to a sand hill formed by the wind in deserts or near coastal regions; the word itself comes from Middle Dutch dūne, which itself could possibly be derived from Gaulish dunum (hill) or from Proto-Celtic dunom (stronghold, rampart). It derives from PIE *dʰewh₂- (to close, finish, come full circle). Origin:…