Arthurian Romance Submitted Names

These names are from the medieval tales of King Arthur and his knights.
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ABERTHOLmArthurian Romance (Modern), Popular Culture
Means "sacrificial" in Welsh, from aberth "sacrifice". This was the name of an evil druid in the movie 'Arthur and Merlin' (2015).
ACCALONmArthurian Romance
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]
ACCOLONmArthurian Romance
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.
ACHEFLOWfArthurian Romance
Variant of Acheflour, which is probably a corruption of Blancheflour (see Blanchefleur) 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.
AEDDANmWelsh Mythology, Celtic Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Welsh form of Áedán and diminutive of AEDD. In Welsh Legend, Aeddan was the son of Caw, a Pictish overlord. He was an enemy of King Arthur.
AELENSmArthurian Romance
Father of Escol, a follower of king Arthur.
AGRAVAINmArthurian Romance
The name of a nephew of King Arthur in Arthurian tales.
AGRESTESmArthurian Romance
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.
ALYNEfFrench, Arthurian Romance
Variant of Aline. It appears in Thomas Malory's 15th-century compilation of Arthurian legends 'Le Morte d'Arthur', where it belongs to a daughter of Pellinore who commits suicide after her lover is killed.
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 and Olwen, Amathaon appeared as an Arthurian warrior; "as one of his tasks, Culhwch had to convince Amathaon to plow the lands of the giant Ysbaddaden."
AMENAfArthurian Romance
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]
ANDRETmArthurian Romance, Medieval English
King Mark's nephew and hostile cousin to Tristan.
ANFORTASmArthurian Romance, Literature
Probably derived from Old French enfertez or enfermetez meaning "infirmity". This was Wolfram's name for the wounded Fisher King in his epic 'Parzifal'.
ANGUISHmArthurian Romance
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]
ANTIKONIEfArthurian Romance
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]
ARCADEm & fFrench (Rare), French (African), Arthurian Romance
French masculine and feminine form of Arcadius.... [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]
BAGDEMAGUSmArthurian Romance
Meaning unknown. In Arthurian legend, Bagdemagus is the king of Gorre, a Knight of the Round Table and the father of Maleagant.
BALINmArthurian Romance, Literature
The name was used in Arthurian legend by Sir Thomas Malory as the name of one of King Arthur's valiant knights. ... [more]
BEAFLURSfArthurian Romance
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]
BELACANEfArthurian Romance
The mother of Feirefiz, Parsifal's half-brother, in Wolfram von Eschenbach's 'Parsifal'.
BELLICENTfLiterature, Arthurian Romance
From an Old French form of the Germanic name Belissendis, possibly composed of the elements bili "suitable, proper, fitting, decent, amiable" (cf. Biligard) and swind "strong, brave, powerful".... [more]
BORSmArthurian Romance
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.
BRANGAINEfArthurian Romance
Probably a medieval corruption of Branwen. This is the name of Isolde's faithful and beautiful handmaiden in almost all the Tristan and Isolde legends.
BRISENfArthurian Romance
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).
CADORmArthurian Romance
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]
CALOGRENANTmArthurian Romance
Name of a knight of the round table, associated with the Welsh hero Cynon ap Clydno.
CLARISSANTfArthurian Romance
A daughter of Lot and Morgause who married Guiromelant. She was the mother of Guigenor. According to a single Arthurian romance she was the sister of Gawain, who lived in a magic castle. In the same text, 'Sir Percevelle', Percival overcomes her lover Guireomelant... [more]
CLAUDASmArthurian Romance
Opponent king to king Arthur.
CUNDRIEfArthurian Romance
The name of two women in the 'Parzifal' by Wolfram von Eschenbach.
DAGONETmArthurian Romance
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.
DINADANmArthurian Romance
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]
DINDRANEfArthurian Romance
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]
DIONETAfArthurian Romance, Welsh Mythology
The name of two persons mentioned in the fourteenth-century fragmentary Welsh text known as The Birth of Arthur.... [more]
ECTORmArthurian Romance
Sir Ector is the father of Sir Kay and the foster father of King Arthur in the Arthurian legend.
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]
ELYABELfArthurian Romance
A medieval form of Elizabeth used in the 13th-century Prose Tristan and its adaptations, where it belongs to the mother of Tristan.
ELYANmArthurian Romance
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]
ELYZABELfArthurian Romance
A cousin of Guinevere who was imprisoned by Claudas for suspected espionage. He refused to release her and this led to war with Arthur.
ESCLARMONDEfMedieval French, Medieval Occitan, Arthurian Romance
Probably a medieval Provençal form of Claremonde. According to a folk etymology it means "light of the world" from Old French esclair "light" and monde "world". In medieval legend Esclarmonde was a Muslim princess, lover of the Christian knight Huon de Bordeaux... [more]
ESCOLmArthurian Romance
A follower of King Arthur. His father was King Aelens of Iceland.
ETTARREfArthurian Romance
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.
EVAINEfArthurian Romance
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.... [more]
FEIREFIZmArthurian Romance
The half-brother of Parsifal in Wolfram von Eschenbach's Arthurian poem.
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 or Morgause. '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".
GALEHAUTmArthurian Romance
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]
GANORAfArthurian Romance
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).
GAWAINEmArthurian Romance
Variant of Gawain used by Thomas Malory in his 15th-century compilation of Arthurian legends 'Le Morte d'Arthur'.
GRIFLETmArthurian Romance
Sir Griflet is a Knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend.
GUINEVERfArthurian Romance
Variant of Gwenivere, occasionally seen in original Arthurian works when speaking of Gwenivere, King Arthur's queen.
GWAINEmWelsh, Arthurian Romance
Variant of Gawain. Gwaine is a character on the BBC television series 'Merlin', meant to represent the Gawain of Arthurian legend.
HELIABELfArthurian Romance
The Grail heroine and the sister of Perceval.... [more]
ISOUDEfArthurian Romance
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').
IWEINmArthurian Romance
German form of Yvain in Hartmann von Aue's verse romance Iwein.
KALOGREANTmArthurian Romance, Medieval German (Rare), German (Modern, Rare)
German form of the name Calogrenant occurring in Iwein by Hartmann von Aue.
KEAmArthurian Romance
Likely from a Cornish form of the Welsh name Cai or Cei (see Kay). This was the name of a semi-legendary British saint, for whom the Cornish parish of Kea is named... [more]
KEXmArthurian Romance, Medieval French
Form of Kay (2) used by the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes in his Arthurian romances.
LAMORAKmArthurian Romance
Name of a Knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. He is the brother of Percival.
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.
LEODEGRANCEmArthurian Romance, Welsh Mythology
King Leodegrance was Queen Guinevere's father from Arthurian mythology. "His earliest existing mention is in the Prose 'Lancelot', though he may be identical to Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Leodegar."
LOHERANGRINmArthurian Romance, Medieval German
Loherangrin is the son of Parzival in the novel 'Parzival' by Wolfram von Eschenbach.
LYONORSfArthurian Romance
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.
MABUZmArthurian Romance
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".
MALEAGANTmArthurian Romance
Meaning unknown. In Arthurian mythology Maleagant is the son of King Bagdemagus or Baeddan (the two characters may be one and the same). He abducts Queen Guinevere and imprisons her in his stronghold of Glastonbury until Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table rescue her... [more]
MELIODASmArthurian Romance
The name of Tristan's father in medieval French literature.
MELORAfEnglish (Rare), Arthurian Romance
Probably a variant of Meliora. This name was (first?) used in the Arthurian romance The Adventures of Melora and Orlando (1696).
MELWASmArthurian Romance
Possibly means "prince of death" or "princely youth". This is an older form of Maelwys.
MORGAUSEfArthurian Romance
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]
MORHOLTmArthurian Romance
In the Arthurian legend, this name belongs to the brother or uncle of Isolde.
NIMUEHfArthurian Romance
Form of Nimue. Nimueh appeared as an evil sorceress in the series Merlin.
NYNEVEfArthurian Romance
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]
ORGELUSEfArthurian Romance
A woman in Wolfram von Eschenbachs 'Parsifal'.... [more]
ORGUELLEUSmArthurian Romance
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).
ORGUELLEUSEfArthurian Romance
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... [more]
PELLAMmArthurian Romance
One of the Grail-keepers, who appears in the 'Suite du Merlin.' He is the father of Pelles and Pellinore, great-grandfather of Galahad. He was wounded by Balin with the Dolorous Stroke, and was henceforth known as the Maimed King... [more]
PELLESmArthurian Romance
The Fisher King.
PELLINOREmArthurian Romance
Possibly derived from Welsh Beli Mawr "Beli the Great", a Welsh mythological figure. In Arthurian tales he was a king of Listenoise, also known as the Maimed King.
PENDRAGONmArthurian Romance
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]
RIVALENmArthurian Romance
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.
SAGRAMOREmArthurian Romance, Popular Culture
An Old French variant of the Old French sicamor meaning "sycamore", as in the tree.... [more]
TELERIfWelsh, Folklore, Arthurian Romance
Contraction of Welsh ty meaning "thy, your" and Eleri. This name is mentioned in Culhwch and Olwen as one of the maidens of King Arthur's court.
TITURELmArthurian Romance
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).
ULFINmArthurian Romance
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.
WIGALOISmArthurian Romance
The title hero of an Arthurian novel by Wirnt von Grafenberg.
YGRAINEfArthurian Romance
Variant of Igraine. This name was used in the BBC television series 'Merlin' (2008-2012).