I read a short story by him once. "A Debt Of Bones," or something. This is a total guess, 'cos I'm hardly an expect in etymology and don't even know what the characters are like, but oh well. Cypher could be short for 'decipher' or something; Nicci could be derived from the Nicole
style names, pronounciation aside. If not, Nissa
are also probabilities. Or maybe he was just fiddling around with the word "nice." Adie...well, Addie
, etc. Aide. Dreyfan sounds somewhat similar to the surname Dreyfus. Or "dry fan."
However, most fantasy authors I've read tend to just make up random names if the story takes place in a made-up world. :-\ So guessing, while fun for me, is often pointless. I'm currently researching old Irish names to use in my latest bad fantasy story. Uncreative, perhaps, but at least I can add in random symbolism by choosing the meanings carefully. ;)
What other fantasy do you read?