Tristan

Tristan is the Old French form of Drustan,  a Pictish diminutive of Drust likely derived from Celtic drest meaning “riot” or “tumult”, possibly in reference to the noise of the “clanking of swords”. The spelling was changed to resemble the French word triste meaning “sad, sorrowful”, likely because of the tragic affair of Tristan and Isolde- they fell in love after drinking a love potion even though she was engaged to his uncle, Mark of Cornwall, and conducted a secret affair even after her marriage. When his uncle found out he either banished Tristan in some versions while in others he killed him.

Origin: Celtic

Variants:

  • Trystan (Welsh)
  • Trysten (English)
  • Tristram (Medieval English)
  • Triston (English)
  • Tristin (English)
  • Tristen (English)
  • Drystan (Welsh)
  • Drust (Ancient Celtic)
  • Drustan (Ancient Celtic)
  • Drest (Ancient Celtic)
  • Tristão (Portuguese)
  • Tristán (Spanish)

 

Female forms:

  • Trista (English)
  • Trysta (English)
  • Tristine (English)
  • Tristina (English)
  • Trystine (English)
  • Trystina (English)

 

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Gladio

Gladio is the Italian word for Gladius, the Latin word for “sword” and referring to a type of shortsword used by Ancient Roman soldiers. Gladius might possibly be derived from Gaulish *kladyos (sword) from a Proto-Indo-European root word meaning “to break, beat”. Although I don’t believe Gladio has ever been used as a boy’s name before, I think it would be a rather nice name to give. Fun fact: gladiolus is the name of a genus of flowers, the name being a dimininutive of gladius so essentially meaning “little sword”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Gladius (Latin)
  • Gladiolus

 

Kenji

Kenji is a Japanese male name made up of Japanese elements ken with various meanings of (study, sharpen), (case, matter, example), (strong, healthy); (to stretch, lengthen, extend); (connect, combine, concurrent); (ticket, certificate); (sword); (firm, steady, hard, strict, solid); (to declare, to announce, to proclaim); (build, establish, construct); (constitution, law); (first); (wise, clever, intelligent); and ji with various meanings of (two); (second, next, in order); (govern, regulate, administer); (road, path); (of, one of); (benevolence); (history, record); (child, young); (to take charge, rule); 爾 (you, that way, like this); and likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Ken can also be used as a given name on its own.

Origin: Japanese

Variants:

  • Ken

Brandy

Brandy is the name of an alcoholic drink, the shortened for of brandywine which is derived from Dutch brandewijn meaning “distilled wine” or “burnt wine”. It could also be a short form, or a feminine form, of Brandon, an English surname derived from a place name meaning “hill covered with broom” from Old English brom (broom, gorse) and dun (hill), likely referring to someone who lived near a place covered with gorse or broom shrubs.

However, Brandon could also be derived from Old French brandon from Frankish *brand meaning “firebrand, torch, sword” which ultimately comes from Proto-Germanic *brandaz, a cognate of Old Norse brandr.

Origin: Dutch, Old English, Proto-Germanic

 

Variants:

  • Brandee (English)
  • Brandi (English)
  • Brandie (English)
  • Brande (English)
  • Branda (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Brandon
  • Branden

 

Brandon

Brandon is from an English surname derived from a place name meaning “hill covered with broom” from Old English brom (broom, gorse) and dun (hill), likely referring to someone who lived near a place covered with gorse or broom shrubs.

However, Brandon could also be derived from Old French brandon from Frankish *brand meaning “firebrand, torch, sword” which ultimately comes from Proto-Germanic *brandaz, a cognate of Old Norse brandr.

It could also be a various form of Brendan, an Irish name derived from Welsh brenin meaning “prince” from Celtic brigantinos meaning “king, prince”, “lord” or “high one”.

Origin: Old English, Proto-Germanic, Old Norse, Celtic

Variants:

  • Branden (English)
  • Brendan (Irish, English)