Arthurian Romance Submitted Names
are from the medieval tales of King Arthur and his knights.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
This is the name of a character first appearing in an expansion of Prose 'Merlin' (c.1230-40). He is a knight from Gaul and paramour of Morgan
le Fay, who uses him as an unwilling participant in a plot against Arthur
; sensing the deception, Arthur defeats Accalon in battle... [more]
Accolon is a character in the Arthurian legends. He appears in Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory and in subsequent modern works based on the Arthurian cycle.
Variant of Acheflour
, which is probably a corruption of Blancheflour
) meaning "white flower" in Old French. In the Middle English romance 'Sir Perceval of Galles', Acheflour was the sister of King Arthur and mother of Perceval
Derived from Latin agrestis
meaning "rural, rustic, wild, brutish", from ager
"field, farm". This is the name of an ancient pagan king of Camelot in the Old French Arthurian romance 'Estoire del Saint Graal' ("History of the Holy Grail", 1220-35)... [more]
ALEMANDINEfArthurian Romance, French
Presumably derived from Alemanni
, a Latin name for the Germanic tribes who inhabited western and central Europe in the Dark Ages, derived from Old German Alle-Männer
"all men". It was used in the Arthurian tale 'Floriant et Florete', where it belongs to the queen of the White City on the Island of Beautiful Maidens.
AMAETHONmWelsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Derived from the Brittonic name *Ambaχtonos
meaning "divine ploughman" or "ploughman-god". This was the name of the Welsh god of agriculture. In the late 11th-century legend of Culhwch
appeared as an Arthurian warrior; "as one of his tasks, Culhwch had to convince Amathaon to plow the lands of the giant Ysbaddaden
The name of a queen helped by Sir Gawain's son Wigalois in an Arthurian romance written by German knight Wirnt von Grafenberg in the early years of the 13th century. Its origin is uncertain; some scholars argue that it might be an adoption of Arabic Amina
, while others theorize a derivation from Spanish ameno
"delightful" (see Amoena
AMPFLISEfArthurian Romance, Medieval
Meaning unknown. Amphelisia
is found as a woman's name from the 12th to the 18th century, but the etymology is unknown. This form was used by Wolfram von Eschenbach for two characters in his Middle High German romance 'Parzival', one of which was the Queen of France during the time of Uther... [more]
ANFORTASmArthurian Romance, Literature
Probably derived from Old French enfertez
meaning "infirmity". This was Wolfram's name for the wounded Fisher King in his epic 'Parzifal'.
King of Ireland and father to Iseult
, beloved of Tristan
. Demanding tribute from Cornwall, Anguish sends his brother-in-law, Morholt
, to enforce the tribute in single combat with the Cornish champion (Celtic tribes often settled disputes by a battle of champions rather than field combat... [more]
Medieval German variant of Antigone
. In Arthurian legend, she is the sister of King Vergulaht of Ascalun who became infatuated with Gawain during one of his visits. This caused her brother to attack Gawain... [more]
ARTESIAfTheatre, Arthurian Romance
Likely from Artois
, the name of a region in France (for which "artesian wells" are named), itself derived from Atrebates
, a Belgic tribe that inhabited the region of Gaul and Britain during Julius Caesar's time; Atrebates is cognate with Irish aittrebaid
meaning "inhabitant".... [more]
Means "beautiful flower" (compare Blanchefleur
). This was the name of a fairy in the Middle High German romance 'Parzival' (Wolfram von Eschenbach's adaptation of 'Perceval, the Story of the Grail', a poem by Chrétien de Troyes)... [more]
Origin uncertain, though a bohort
(one of the first forms of the name) was a type of lance, also a joust (apparently from the Old French verb bohorder
). Sir Bors was one of the Knights of the Round Table who went on the grail quest, along with Galahad, and Perceval.
The name of a witch in Arthurian legend. One theory connects it to Old Norse brisinga
"glowing, twinkling" (a word-forming element associated with Freya's famous necklace, the brísingamen
Probably a form of Cadeyrn
, perhaps derived from its Cornish cognate. In Arthurian romance this was the name of Guinevere's guardian. According to the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth, Cador was a ruler of Cornwall and the father of Constantine, King Arthur's successor.... [more]
Meaning unknown, possibly from Old English dæg
"day". Dagonet or Daguenet was a witless Knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend, usually described as the king's fool. Introduced in the Prose Lancelot
, he becomes Arthur's beloved court jester in Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur
and Tennyson's Idylls of the King
Of unknown meaning, perhaps from Din Eidyn
, the old name for Edinburgh
(which appears in the early medieval Welsh poem 'Y Gododdin'), or possibly an Anglicized form of Dunawd
. Sir Dinadan is one of King Arthur's knights of the round table in Arthurian legend... [more]
Of uncertain origin, probably from Welsh Danbrann
which was possibly derived from Middle Welsh dawn
"gift" or dwn
"brown, dark" and bran
"raven". Dindrane is historically the sister of Perceval, one of King Arthur's knights... [more]
EDERNmWelsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance, Breton
Welsh form of Latin Aeternus
meaning "eternal". This was the name of the father of the legendary 5th-century war leader Cunedda. It was also the name of a Breton saint, frequently depicted riding a stag.
EGLATINEfLiterature, Arthurian Romance
Probably a medieval French variant or possibly a misspelling of EGLANTINE
. In Arthurian legend, Eglatine was the daughter of King Machen of the Lost Island, and the half-sister of King Nentres of Garlot... [more]
In Arthurian romance tales, Sir Elyan the White, also known as Helyan le Blanc, is the son of Sir Bors
and is a Knight of the Round Table. He's sometimes a cousin of Lancelot
, and helps rescue him after his affair with Guinevere
is revealed... [more]
Used by Alfred Lord Tennyson in his Arthurian epic 'Idylls of the King' (1859) as the name of the lady loved by Pelleas
. An earlier form, Ettard
, was used by Sir Thomas Malory in his 'Le Morte d'Arthur' and may have been a variant or corrupted form of Arcade
, the original name of the character in the Post-Vulgate Cycle.
In Arthurian tales, Evaine is the sister of Lancelot's mother Elaine
, wife of King Bors of Gaul and mother of Sir Lionel and Sir Bors the Younger. Her character first appears in the Old French prose Lancelot of the Lake
(c.1215–20), which was incorporated into the Vulgate Lancelot
GAHERISmArthurian Romance, Welsh Mythology
This is the name of a character in Arthurian tales, a brother of Gawain
(as well as Gareth
, Mordred and Agravain), and the son of King Lot and either Belisent
. 'The earliest form of his name is so similar to the earliest form of Gareth (Gahariet
) that the two brothers may have originally been the same character.' First mentioned by the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes, although scholars have suggested a derivation from the Welsh name Gweir
, which belongs to a number of warriors in Welsh legends and can mean "hay", "collar", "circle", "loop" or "bend".
Meaning unknown. However, like many given names from Arthurian legend, this name is probably of Celtic origin (either Breton or Welsh, to be precise). It was subsequently gallicized and due to this, it is sometimes thought to be connected to Middle French hault
(which is haut
in modern French) meaning "high, elevated".... [more]
Latinate form of Gaynor
used by Reginald Heber for the character of Queen Guinevere in his unfinished and posthumous 'Morte d'Arthur' (first published in 1830).
Variant of Gwenivere, occasionally seen in original Arthurian works when speaking of Gwenivere, King Arthur's queen.
Variant of Isolde
used by Thomas Malory in his 15th-century compilation 'Le Morte d'Arthur' (which includes the story 'Sir Tristram and la Belle Isoude').
Likely from a Cornish form of the Welsh name Cai
). This was the name of a semi-legendary British saint, for whom the Cornish parish of Kea is named... [more]
LAUDINEfArthurian Romance, French (Modern, Rare)
Perhaps derived from an earlier form of the Scottish place name Lothian
(in Latin Lodonesia
). It was first used by the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes for a character in his Arthurian romance 'Yvain', the Lady of the Fountain, who married Sir Yvain
after he killed her husband.
Appears in Thomas Malory's 15th-century compilation of Arthurian legends 'Le Morte d'Arthur', belonging to the daughter of Earl Sanam. Lyonors had an affair with Arthur and bore him a son, Borre. Alfred Lord Tennyson used the name in his poem 'Gareth and Lynette' (1872) for the sister of Lynette, a character usually called Lyonesse
in medieval versions of the story.
Anglo-Norman form of Mabon
. This is a character in 'Lanzelet', an Arthurian romance written by Ulrich von Zatzikhoven after 1194; Mabuz the Enchanter is the cowardly lord of the Schatel le Mort, or "Castle of the Dead".
The name of a witch in Arthurian romance. Morgause, Queen of the Orkneys, is Arthur's half-sister with whom, in Thomas Malory's 15th-century compilation 'Le Morte d'Arthur', he engages in a brief affair, producing Mordred... [more]
Form of Ninniane
used by Thomas Malory for one of the Ladies of the Lake in his 15th-century compilation of Arthurian legends 'Le Morte d'Arthur' (as she is called Ninniane
in Malory's source, the continuation to the Vulgate 'Merlin', known as the 'Suite du Merlin')... [more]
Means “orgulous, proud” from Anglo-French orguillus
, from orguil
"pride." This was the name of several characters from Arthurian legends, including Orguelleus of the Heath (a.k.a. Orilus of Lalander), Orguelleus of the Narrow Passage (lover of Orguelleuse
who was defeated by Sir Gawain
), and Orguelleus the Fairy (enemy of Gawain, a knight who possessed magical powers).
Based on the French word orgueilleuse
"haughty". Used by Wolfram von Eschenbach (c.1170–c.1220) for the Haughty Maiden of Logres, a hitherto nameless character from Arthurian legend who appears in Chrétien de Troyes' unfinished romance Perceval, the Story of the Grail
Possibly derived from Welsh Beli Mawr
the Great", a Welsh mythological figure. In Arthurian tales he was a king of Listenoise, also known as the Maimed King.
The surname of Kings Arthur and Uther, meaning “head dragon” or “dragon’s head.” As first told by Geoffrey of Monmouth, Uther adopted the symbol of the dragon because of the comet with the dragon’s head that Merlin had seen in Wales, heralding the death of King Ambrosius Aurelius, Uther’s brother... [more]
Medieval form of Rhiwallon
used in the early German versions of the Tristan legend, where it belongs to Tristan's father, the king of Parmenie.
The name of the Grail King in Wolfram von Eschenbach's 'Parzival'. Also the title of another work by Wolfram von Eschenbach (preserved only fragmentary).
An ancient British name which means "little wolf". Most well known in the Arthurian legends of Geoffrey Monmouth, where Sir Ulfin plays a role in Merlin's plot for King Arthur to be born.