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"Galad" also means "gold".
-- Anonymous User  4/11/2005
"Galad" does not mean "gold" — that is "laurel." "Galad" means "light."
-- estel4me  9/18/2005
Galadriel is also, apparantly, the grandmother of Arwen Undomiel.
-- gaelruadh19  5/5/2005
I'd never have the guts to use it, but I do think the name is absolutely gorgeous. It's also the full name of Gilly in Katherine Paterson's excellent children's book "The Great Gilly Hopkins."
-- tmarie  12/9/2005
I didn't like that name, because my second name is Galadriel. I don't know how my parents came on that stupid idea. My name's Michelle Galadriel Hermine (the German Hermione) and then my surname. I hate my parents!
-- Hermione_Michelle  12/31/2005
Galadriel is a beautiful name that suggests inner strength yet elegance. But Galadriel does not under any circumstance mean "Maiden crowned with a radiant garland". I know something of Tolkien's Elvish and the Elven word "galad" does not mean radiant, or gold, it means "light". I'm not sure about the suffix "riel", bu it does not mean "garlanded maiden", because in Elvish names, the suffix "wen" means "maiden". If anything, it would be my guess that Galadriel means "Lady of Light" or "Queen of Light", for in Tolkien's books Galadriel was the Queen of Lothlorien, and was often referred to as the Lady of Light.
-- Arowen Half-Elven  1/10/2006
Actually, 'riel' does mean 'garlanded maiden' in Sindarin. 'iel' is a feminine suffix, and the 'r' comes from the verb 'rig', meaning to wreathe. And yes, 'galad' can mean 'radience' or 'light' - the concepts aren't that dissimilar. In fact, 'galad' comes from the Sindarin 'kal' meaning 'to shine'. And I'm getting this from a documented source, so I'm not making this up.
-- moth1701  2/3/2006
The word galad means "radiant" in Sindarin from gal or kal meaning "shine." The word riel means "garlanded maiden" from the root rig meaning "twine, wreathe."
-- celebrindal  4/1/2006
The only difference between "radiant" and "light" in this case is that radiance is an adjective whereas, in this context, light is used as a noun. Galad means "light" or "radiance" A-N-C-E. Although the concepts are the same, it would be improper grammar to say "Galad"riel means "maiden crowned with a radiant garland". Maybe it means "maiden crowned with a garland of light/radiance", or something similar?
-- Arowen Half-Elven  3/20/2006
Pronounced ga-LAD-ree-ul.
-- dramaelf  7/9/2006
Please don't name your child after a fictional character. Please.
-- SerasVictoria  7/22/2006
Why should they not name their children after a fictional character?---It's been done for a very long time, except that usually people who do so happen to choose characters with more common names, instead of an invented one.
-- Anonymous User  4/9/2007
I love this name, not only because I'm a "Ringer", but because it's beautiful as it is! It flows off the tongue so nicely, like many other Elvish names. Legolas, Arwen, Elrond.
-- Georgia_kh  5/8/2007
Galadriel, pretty, sweet, and suggests an inner strength and beauty.
-- punk_godess  7/14/2007
I like this name, but of course I couldn't use it. It's pretty.
-- Pippin  3/17/2008
It might have been an all right name before the LOTR films were made, now loads more people will know where it's from and it could cause teasing. I'm a fan of unusual names, though.
-- Anonymous User  2/21/2009
Beautiful name, neat character, but as far as naming a human this name, that would have to be a middle name. Unless you call her Gala for short, but other than that it's better as a middle name. I also love the ring she wears, it's so pretty! :)
-- _0TophasNails_1  4/13/2009
It's a pretty name, and the LOTR character was awesome. However, it sounds quite silly as a human name. It also sounds rather obvious that the parents are obsessed with LOTR.
-- bananarama  9/21/2009
I like the name Galadriel, and I have neither read Lord of the Rings nor watched the film adaptations.
I read 'The Great Gilly Hopkins' as a child and found the story very touching.
-- vomiting  11/12/2009
Lady would make a cute nick-name! It's too tied to the one character though which is a problem but it is a very elegant name.
-- Anonymous User  7/8/2010
I have to say I love the name Galadriel. But I wouldn't have the courage to name my daughter that. If I met a woman named Galadriel, I would think her parents were Lord of the Rings fans.
-- IrishKisses  9/11/2010
This name does not look one bit feminine.
-- Chrila96  9/21/2010
It's really pretty. Far too much but really pretty.
-- Anonymous User  9/27/2010
An actress, Galadriel Stineman has this name; presumably after the character.
-- Tav-El  6/4/2012
Galadriel is pronounced Gə-LAH-jree-el.
-- Anonymous User  8/6/2012
My name is Galadriel! I do not hate my parents; All I ever got was compliments for this name! Yes, I was named for the Lord of the Rings character, but that's awesome. Mostly, people do find it a bit cumbersome to say Galadriel, so they call me Rielle instead. Do not hesitate to name a child after your favorite book character! :D.
-- threevelvetbullets  9/28/2012
Late musician Duane Allman has a daughter named Galadrielle.
-- Caprice  4/4/2013
I think Galadriel is absolutely stunning! I, however, am not game enough to use it as a first name. But I'll definitely consider it as a middle name. I also love the character in LOTR.
-- tsarinaoftheplains  9/8/2013

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