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ABDIELmBiblical Hebrew, Judeo-Christian Legend, Literature
Means "servant of God" in Hebrew. In the Bible, this is the name of a member of the tribe of Gad. In John Milton's 'Paradise Lost' (1667), this is the name of a seraph who withstood Satan when he urged the angels to revolt.
ABERFORTHmLiterature
Variant of Aberford, a village in West Yorkshire, meaning "Eadburg's ford" in Old English. This was the name of schoolmaster Albus Dumbledore's more eccentric brother in J. K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' books, released between 1997 and 2007.
ABERTHOLmWelsh, Arthurian Romance
Means "sacrificial" in Welsh.
ABRAfLiterature, History, Theology, Biblical
Possibly a feminine form of Abraham. It coincides with a Latin word meaning "maid". A known bearer was Saint Abra of Poitiers, a Gallo-Roman nun of the 4th century.... [more]
ABRICOTINEfLiterature
Means "apricot-plum" in French. This is the name of a character in Madame d'Aulnoy's fairy tale "The Imp Prince" (1697). Abricotine is a fairy who is the beloved of the protagonist, Léandre.
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.
ACTONmEnglish (Rare), Literature
From an English surname which was derived from a place name meaning "oak farm" in Old English.
ADALMIINAfFinnish, Literature
Used by Zacharias Topelius, a Finnish fairy tale writer, in his story 'Adalmiinan helmi' ('Adalmiina's pearl' in English, 'Adalminas pärla' in Swedish), which was published during the late 1800s.... [more]
ADANEDHELmLiterature
It means 'elfman, half-elf' from words Adan (man) and Edhel (elf).
ADINDAfDutch, Literature
Literary origin. From the story 'Saïdja and Adinda' in the book 'Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company (Dutch: Max Havelaar, of de koffij-veilingen der Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij' by Multatuli (the pen name of Eduard Douwes Dekker).
ADRAMELECHmBiblical, Near Eastern Mythology, Literature
Latin form of אַדְרַמֶּלֶךְ (Adar-malik) meaning "king of fire" in Hebrew. This was the name of a Babylonian deity to whom infants were burnt in sacrifice (II Kings xvii, 31). He is possibly the sun god worshipped at Sippar (Sepharvaim)... [more]
ADSARTHAfLiterature
Atlantean, means "child of the warrior star". Used in Marion Zimmer Bradley's novel, "The Fall of Atlantis".
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.
AEGNORmLiterature
Sindarin form of Aikanáro. In the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, Aegnor is an Elf, the brother of Finrod, Galadriel, Angrod and Orodreth. He fell in love with the mortal woman Andreth.
AEGONmLiterature, Popular Culture
Derived from the Germanic element ag "edge of a sword" and the Greek word αγώνας (agónas) "struggle". This is the name of multiple characters in George R. R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series, as well as the TV show based on the books 'Game of Thrones'.
AELENSmArthurian Romance
Father of Escol, a follower of king Arthur.
AELINfLiterature
Aelin is the name of a character used in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.
AELITAfLiterature, Latvian, Russian
Created by Russian and Soviet author Alexei Tolstoy for his science fiction novel 'Aelita or, The Decline of Mars' (1923), where it belongs to a Martian princess. Allegedly the name is common in Eastern Europe.
AELPHABAfLiterature
Variant of Elphaba. In the novel 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' (1995), this was the name of a legendary saint, Elphaba's namesake, who disappeared behind a waterfall for hundreds of years to read a book.
AEMONmLiterature, Pop Culture
Possibly derived from Amon. This is the name of a character in George R. R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series, as well as the TV show based on the books 'Game of Thrones'.
AFFERYfLiterature, Medieval English
Meaning uncertain, possibly of Old English origin. It may be related to Avery or Aphra. Affery Flintwinch is a character in Charles Dickens' novel 'Little Dorrit' (1855-7).
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]
AIBILEENfLiterature
Possibly an alteration of Abilene influenced by Maybelline. This is the name of one of the main characters in Kathryn Stockett's novel 'The Help' (2009) and the subsequent movie adaptation (2011).
AIJAfLatvian, Literature
Latvian name of uncertain origin, associated with the verb aijāt meaning "to rock, lull" and the word aijas "cradle". It originated in the early 20th century, at the same time many other Latvian names were coined... [more]
AIKANÁROmLiterature
Means "fell fire". This is the Quenya form of Aegnor.
AILFÍfLiterature
Alfie, written phonetically in Irish Gaelic.
AILIEfScottish, Literature, English (Australian)
Of uncertain origin and meaning, this name is, however, considered both an Anglicization of Eilidh and a diminutive of Aileen. ... [more]
AIRELLEfFrench (Rare), English (Rare), Literature
Derived from airelle, the French name for the plant genus Vaccinium. The French derived the name from Portuguese airella, which in turn was derived from Latin atra "dark, black, gloomy".
AKASHAfLiterature, Indian
Means "ether (quintessence)" in Sanskrit and Hindi. Related to the masculine Akash meaning "open sky". Used by Anne Rice in her Vampire Chronicles for the mother of all vampires, a pre-Egyptian queen.
AKELAfLiterature, Various
A character in The Jungle Book novel, meaning "single" or "solitary" in Hindi and Urdu.
AKINLImLiterature (Rare)
Used in Kiera Cass's novel 'THE SIREN'
ALAYNEfLiterature
The name of a minor character in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.
ALCIDIANEfLiterature
Perhaps derived from Alcide. Jean-Baptiste Lully used it for one of the title characters in his 'Ballet d'Alcidiane et Polexandre' (1658), which was based on the 1636 French novel 'Polexandre' by Marin le Roy de Gomberville (where it belongs to a princess of the Isle inaccessible).
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.
ALEXASfLiterature
Used by William Shakespeare in his play Antony and Cleopatra.
ALIENAfTheatre, Literature
Means "stranger" in Latin. This was the false identity of Celia in Shakespeare's play 'As You Like It' (1599) when she goes into hiding in the forest of Arden, presumably a pun on the word alias... [more]
ALISANDERmLiterature
Medieval variant of Alexander occurring in Shakespeare and Malory. The herb Smyrnium olusatrum is also known commonly as "alisanders".
ALISTAIREmLiterature, English, Scottish
Alistaire may be a variant of the name Alistair. This is the name of Alistaire Ballcocke, a character in the "Harry Potter" series written by J.K. Rowling.
ALIYANDERmLiterature
Name of a sorcerer and antagonist in "The Princess and the Frog" by Robin McKinley.
ALIZARINf & mLiterature
From alizarin crimson, the English name of a shade of red. The color is named after a red dye originally obtained from the root of the madder plant, ultimately from Arabic al-usara meaning "the juice"... [more]
ALLERLEIRAUHfLiterature
Means "all kinds of fur" in German. This is the name of the title character of a fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. Allerleirauh is a princess who flees from her father, who wants to marry her, and brings three dresses and a coat with all kinds of furs with her... [more]
ALMAÏDEfLiterature (Rare), Norman
Norman feminine name of unknown etymology.... [more]
ALMÉRIEfLiterature
The name of a character in Jean-Pierre Camus' l'Iphigene (1625).
ALRAUNEfLiterature, German (Rare)
Variant of Alruna, also coinciding with the German word for "mandrake". This is the name of the title character in the novel 'Alraune' (1911) by Hanns Heinz Ewers.
ALTAMIROmSpanish (Rare), Portuguese (Brazilian), Literature
This name is either a variant form of Aldemaro or derived from the Spanish locational surname Altamira, which takes its name from a place called Altamiros or Altamira. Both mean "high view" in Spanish, as they consist of the words alta meaning "high" and mira meaning "view, sight"... [more]
ALTHEDAfAmerican (Rare), Literature
Possibly a blend of Althea and Theda.... [more]
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.
ALYSANNEfLiterature, American (Rare)
Possibly based on Alison, this name appears in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.
ALZIREfLiterature
Used by Voltaire for the heroine of his tragic play 'Alzire, ou les Américains' (1736), about a young indigenous Peruvian woman, daughter of a powerful chief. The heroine is named Alzira in Verdi's opera based on the play... [more]
AMABELLEfLiterature
Variant of Amabel influenced by French (i.e., with a French feminine name suffix). Used by Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat for a character in the historical novel 'The Farming of Bones' (1998); the book chronicles a young Haitian girl named Amabelle Desir's 1937 escape from the Dominican Republic following the Parsley Massacre and the spread of antihaitianismo.
AMADISmLiterature
Old Spanish form of Amadeus. In medieval legend Amadis of Gaul was a knight-errant who married the princess Oriana. The character was a precursor to Don Quixote.
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."
AMAGOIAfBasque, Literature
Of unknown origin and meaning.... [more]
AMAÏDÉEfLiterature (Rare)
Feminine form of Amédée. Used in 'Amaïdée' (1889), a poem by the French author Jules Barbey d'Aurévilly.
AMARIËfLiterature
The name of an Elf in the Silmarilion.
AMATISfLiterature
The name of Luke Garroway's sister in the book series "The Mortal Instruments" by Cassandra Clare (Amatis Herondale). Also means "you love" (pl) in Latin.
AMBARTOmLiterature
Means "upwards-exalted" in Quenya. In Tolkien's Legendarium this is the mother-name of Amrod.
AMBARUSSAmLiterature
Means "russet-top". In Tolkien's Legendarium this is the mother-name of Amras.
AMBROSINUSmLiterature, Popular Culture
This is the latinized name of Merlin in the novel "The Last Legion" written by Valerio Massimo Manfredi (b. 1943), but also in the 2007 film based on the book. In the novel, his full name is Meridius Ambrosinus (while his original Gaelic name is Myrddin Emrys), but he is usually referred to as simply Ambrosinus.
AMDÍRmLiterature
Possibly means "hope" or "looking up" in Sindarin. In Tolkien's Legendarium this is the name of an Elf, the King of Lórien. He was also called Malgalad.
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).
AMLAITHmLiterature
A character from J. R. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" series bears this name. Amlaith was the king of the fictional kingdom of Arthedain. His name is derived from a Sindarin word.
AMLETHmLiterature, Medieval Scandinavian
Origins uncertain. This earlier form of Hamlet appeared in a story published by Danish writer Christiern Pedersen in 1514, based on a legend recorded by Saxo Grammaticus in his 'History of the Danes'.
AMORETfLiterature
Perhaps based on Italian amoretto "little love", derived from amore "love" (see Amy) combined with a diminutive suffix. This name was used by Edmund Spenser in his poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590), where it belongs to a sister of Belphoebe who allegorically represents married love and chastity.
AMORYmEnglish, Literature
From an English surname which was derived from the given name Amalric. This is the name of the central character in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel 'This Side of Paradise' (1920).
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]
AMRASmLiterature
Sindarized form of Ambarussa. In Tolkien's Legendarium this is the most commonly used name of the seventh son of Fëanor and Nerdanel, also called Telufinwë.
AMRENfLiterature
A very powerful Fae in Sarah J. Maas 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' series.
AMRODmLiterature
Sindarized form of Ambarto. In Tolkien's Legendarium this is the most commonly used name of the sixth son of Fëanor and Nerdanel, also called Pityafinwë. In some versions of the Legendarium Amrod dies at Losgar, but in the published Silmarillion he and his twin Amras die in the Third Kinslaying.
AMROTHmLiterature
Means "up-climber" in Silvan Elvish. This is the name of an Elf in Tolkien's Legendarium.
AMYNTAfLiterature, English (Australian, Rare)
Feminine form of Amyntas. It was used in 18th-century pastoral poetry.
ANACTORIAfLiterature, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Mentioned in several poems by the ancient Greek lyric poet Sappho as a female lover of hers. According to legends, this was an earlier name of the ancient city Miletus in Lydia, Anatolia, in which case it meant "place of Anax".
ANAIRËfLiterature
Means "holiest" in Quenya. In The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien Anairë is the wife of Fingolfin and mother of Fingon, Turgon, Aredhel and Argon. Unlike her husband and children, she chooses to remain in Valinor.
ANARDAfSpanish, Literature
An elaboration of ANA created by Cervantes for his novel 'Don Quixote' (1605).
ANÁRIONmLiterature
Means "son of the sun" in Quenya. This was the name of the younger son of Elendil in Tolkien's works. He was a king of Gondor and slain in combat with Sauron.
ANCALIMËfLiterature
Means "most bright" in Quenya. This was the name of the first Ruling Queen of Númenor in Tolkien's works. She was the daughter of Erendis and Tar-Aldarion.
ANDRETmArthurian Romance, Medieval English
King Mark's nephew and hostile cousin to Tristan.
ANDRETHfLiterature
"Patience" in Sindarin. Andreth was a wise-woman of the House of Bëor in J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium.
ANDREUCCIOmMedieval Italian, Literature
Medieval Italian diminutive of Andrea, as -uccio is an Italian masculine diminutive suffix.... [more]
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'.
ANGARÁTOmLiterature
Means "iron champion". This is the Quenya form of Angrod.
ANGRIMmLiterature
Variant of Anngrim. Angrim is one of J. R. R. Tolkien's characters.
ANGRODmLiterature
Sindarin form of Angaráto. In the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, Angrod is an Elf, the son of Finarfin and brother of Finrod, Aegnor, Orodreth and Galadriel.
ANGUILLETTEfLiterature
Means "little eel" in French. This name is borne by the titular character of the fairy tale "Anguillette" by Henriette-Julie de Murat. Anguillette is a fairy who takes the form of an eel, and is rescued by a princess while in this form.
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]
ANIDORIfLiterature
From Shannon Hale's novel, The Goose Girl, a retelling of the Grimms' fairytale. The princess Anidori Kiladra Talianna Isilee's lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during the princess's journey to be married in a foreign land... [more]
ANITRAfLiterature, Norwegian, Theatre
Used by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen for an Ethiopian princess in his play 'Peer Gynt' (1867).
ANNELLEfEnglish, Literature, Popular Culture
Diminutive of Anne. It was used for a character in Robert Harling's play 'Steel Magnolias' (1987) and the subsequent film adaptation (1989).
ANSELMUCCIOmMedieval Italian, Literature
Medieval Italian diminutive of Anselmo, as -uccio is an Italian masculine diminutive suffix.... [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]
ANTIOCHmLiterature, History
English form of Antiochus. The capital city of Syria bore this name, an important centre in early Christianity (founded c.300 BC by Seleucus I Nictor and named for his father, Antiochus). The name was used by J. K. Rowling in her 'Harry Potter' series of books, where it belongs a minor character.
ANTIPHOLUSmLiterature
This name belongs to two characters in William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors": Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse. This name is possibly derived from the Greek elements "anti", meaning "opposite", and Pholus, the name of a character in Greek mythology.
ÁNTONIAfLiterature
Used in ''My Ántonia'', as the name of a Bohemian (Czech) protagonist. A form of the name Antonia, different than the usual Czech form Antonie-1. The book is set at the end of the 1800s and start of the 1900s, so perhaps this is a more old fashioned form of the name.
AOUDAfLiterature
This is the name of a Parsi Princess in Jules Verne's novel Around The World In Eighty Days.
APOLLAfLiterature
Feminine form of Apollo. It was used in the "Twitches" novel series by H. B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld.
APOLLINUSmLiterature
Variant of Apollonius used by John Gower for the hero of his 1,737-line Middle English narrative 'The Tale of Apollinus' (in the 'Confessio amantis'), his version of the classical romance 'Apollonius of Tyre', widely popular in the Middle Ages.
APOLLYONmJudeo-Christian Legend, Literature
The Greek name for Abaddon, Hebrew for “The destroyer” or “Place of destruction”.... [more]
ARADIAfLiterature, Mythology
Allegedly a Tuscan dialectical form of Erodiade. According to 'Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches' (1899), a book composed by American folklorist Charles Leland, she was a goddess in regional Italian folklore, who gave the knowledge of witchcraft to women.
ARAKÁNOmLiterature
Means "high commander" in Quenya. In Tolkien's Legendarium, this is the original name of Argon, the youngest child of Fingolfin and Anairë. He dies shortly after arriving in Middle-earth.
ARANELfLiterature
Means "princess" in Sindarin.
ARATHORNmLiterature
Arathorn II is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth universe. He is the fifteenth of the Chieftains of the Dúnedain, and the father of Aragorn II, one of the major characters in The Lord of the Rings.
ARAVISfEnglish (Rare), Literature
Aravis is a main character in C.S. Lewis' The Horse and his Boy. She is a Tarkheena, a female member of the ruling class of the fictional empire of Calormen, located far to the south of Narnia.... [more]
ARCADEm & fFrench (Rare), French (African), Arthurian Romance
French masculine and feminine form of Arcadius.... [more]
ARCTURUSmAstronomy, Literature
Arcturus is a star in the constellation Boötes, the brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere. . ... [more]
ARCUSmLiterature
Latin “arch, ring”.... [more]
AREDHELfLiterature
Means "noble elf" in Sindarin. This was the name of an Elf in Tolkien's book 'The Silmarillion'.
ARENELLEfLiterature
The name of a fictional character in The Keepers book series by Jackie French Koller.
ARETIASmGreek Mythology, Literature
Mentioned in Homer's 'Odyssey' as father of Nissus of Dulichium.... [more]
ARGENIDAfSpanish (Latin American), Literature
The name of a minor character in 100 Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez. Argenida is the trusted servant and confidante of Rebeca.
ARGONmLiterature
Sindarin form of Arakáno.
ARICIAfGreek Mythology (Latinized), Roman Mythology, Literature, Theatre
Latinized form of the Greek Άρικία (Arikia), probably derived from Latin aro "to plough". Aricia was a niece of King Aegeus of Athens and became the wife of Virbius - the name by which Hippolytos went after he came back to life as a demigod... [more]
ARICIEfFrench, Literature, Theatre
French form of Aricia used by Jean Racine in his play 'Phèdre' (1677).
ARKARIANmLiterature
The name of a character in the Guardians of Time book series by Marianne Curly.
ARMANCEfFrench (Rare), Walloon (Rare), Literature
Variant form of Armande, which was influenced or inspired by Latin, in that French names ending in -ce usually come from Latin names ending in -tius (for males) and -tia (for females)... [more]
ARNAUYQmLiterature, Inuit
Meaning, "imitation of woman."
ARNGRIMmMedieval English, Norse Mythology, Literature
Arngrim was a berserker, who figures in Hervarar saga, Gesta Danorum, Lay of Hyndla, a number of Faroese ballads and Orvar-Odd's saga in Norse mythology.
AROBYNNmLiterature
From Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass book series
ÅROLILJAfLiterature, Norwegian
Allegedly means "lily of the steppes, prairie lily" from aro "steppes" combined with lilja "lily". It occurs in the medieval Norwegian ballad 'Bendik og Årolilja', where it belongs to a princess who dies of heartache when her lover is hanged under her father's orders; the lovers Bendik and Årolilja are buried on either side of a church, and from their graves lilies grow up and entwine above the church roof.
ARRIETTYfLiterature, English (British)
Possibly a variant of Harriet. This is the name of a character from 'The Borrowers' by Mary Norton.
ARTANISfLiterature
Means "noble woman" in Quenya. Artanis was the given name of Galadriel, given to her by her father.
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]
ARVIRARGUSmAncient Celtic, Literature
Possibly a Latinized form of an old Celtic name, composed of the elements ard "high, paramount" and rhaig "king". This was the name of a legendary, possibly historical, British king of the 1st century AD... [more]
ASCHENPUTTELfLiterature
Means "digging in the ashes" in German. This is the German name for Cinderella used by the Brothers Grimm.
ASHLARmLiterature
A character in the novel "Taltos" by Anne Rice.
ASLAUGAfLiterature
Latinized form of Aslaug used by the German novelist Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué.
ASNETHAfLiterature (Rare)
Presumably a form of Asenath. Miss Asnetha Sleep is a character in The Tilted Cross (1961) by Australian author Hal Porter.
ASPHODELfLiterature
From the name of the flower. Tolkien used this name on one of his characters in The Lord of the Rings.
ASSOLfRussian, Popular Culture, Literature
From the book Scarlet Sails written in 1923 by Alexander Grin, but more famous as a 1961 motion picture. It is either based on Russian "А соль?" (a sol?) - "Is salt?", or Spanish "el sol" - "the sun"... [more]
ASTARAELfLiterature
Astarael is the seventh of the seven bells used by necromancers and the Abhorsen in Garth Nix's Old Kingdom trilogy. Astarael is the Weeper, the bell that throws everyone who hears her deep into Death.
ASTERIXmLiterature, Popular Culture
Derived from Greek asteriskos "little star", through its latinized form asteriscus. In literature, this is the name of the hero from Frenchmen René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo's comic book series of the same name... [more]
ASTOLFOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, Literature
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of the Germanic name Aistulf. In medieval legend Astolfo was one of Charlemagne's paladins, who appears as a magical character in the 'Orlando' poems (1495 and 1532) by Boiardo and Ariosto.... [more]
ATALAfLiterature
The titular heroine of François-René de Chateaubriand's novella.
ATARINKËmLiterature
Means "little father" in Quenya. In Tolkien's Legendarium this is the mother-name of Curufin, the fifth son of Fëanor and Nerdanel, and the father of Celebrimbor.
ATHEISTmLiterature
A character in the novel, "The Pilgrim's Progress."
ATHELINDAfEnglish (Rare), Literature
Variant of Ethelinda. Lady Athelinda Playford is a character in Agatha Christie's novel Closed Casket.
ATHENODORAfAncient Greek, Literature
Feminine form of Athenodoros. In literature, this is the name of a character in the book "Breaking Dawn" of the "Twilight" series, written by American author Stephenie Meyer (b. 1973).
ATHOSmGreek Mythology, Literature, French
Athos was one of the Gigantes, children of Gaia, who hurled a mountain at Zeus. Zeus knocked the mountain to the ground near Macedonia, and it became Mount Athos, or the "Holy Mountain."... [more]
ATRÉJUmLiterature
Created by German author Michael Ende for the hero of his fantasy novel 'Die unendliche Geschichte' (1979; English: 'The Neverending Story'). The character is a boy warrior whose name is explained as meaning "son of all" in his fictional native language, given to him because he was raised by all of the members of his village after being orphaned as a newborn.
ATREYUmLiterature (Anglicized)
Anglicized variant of Atréju, which was created by German author Michael Ende for the hero of his fantasy novel 'Die unendliche Geschichte' (1979; English: 'The Neverending Story'). The character is a boy warrior whose name is explained as meaning "son of all" in his fictional native language, given to him because he was raised by all of the members of his village after being orphaned as a newborn.... [more]
ATTICAm & fLiterature, English
Modern usage is likely as a feminine form of ATTICUS. Attica is the region surrounding Athens in Greece.... [more]
AUFIDIUSmAncient Roman, History, Literature
From the Roman nomen gentile Aufidius, which is of uncertain origin and meaning. The first element, au, may have been derived from the Latin preverb au "away, off", but it could also have been a phonetic variant of the Latin preverb ab "from"... [more]
AULËmLiterature
Aulë is the Vala who created the dwarves in 'The Silmarillion' by J.R.R. Tolkien. His name means "invention" in Quenya.
AURIANfLiterature
Meaning unknown, possibly related to the Latin AURORA, or an elaboration on the English AURA, which is also derived from Latin. It is used by Irish author Maggie Furey as the name of a mage of unparalleled talent in the fantasy novel "Aurian."
AVARISfLiterature
Probably derived from Latin avarus "avaricious".... [more]
AVIALLEfLiterature
Avialle Jongleur, character in Tad William's Otherland series.
AVIENDHAfLiterature
She is a Maiden of the Spear from the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Thorny in character, yet as beautiful as a rose, and as strong as a warrior.
AVONLEAfEnglish, Literature
A fictional town from Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel series Anne of Green Gables. She remarked that she wanted the name to echo the "Avalon" of King Arthur, an idyllic place of beauty. In literal translation, Avonlea means "grassy meadow" Also the name of a village in Saskatchewan (named for the fictional town).
AWASINmLiterature
This is the name of a protagonist, a Cree chief's son, in the novel 'Lost in the Barrens' (also sometimes called 'Two Against the North') by Canadian author Farley Mowat, first published in 1956. It won a Governor General's Award in 1956 and the Canada Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award in 1958.... [more]
AXISmLiterature
character from The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass.
AZAZELLOmLiterature
Russian form of Azazel used by Mikhail Bulgakov in his novel 'The Master and Margarita' (1967), where it belongs to a member of Woland's retinue.
AZELMAfLiterature, Italian, Norman
Italian feminine short form of Guglielmo. Victor Hugo used this name in his novel 'Les Misérables' (1862) for a daughter of the Thénardiers (a sister of Eponine and Gavroche).
AZIRAPHALEmLiterature
Aziraphale is the name of a the angel in the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett collaboration, Good Omens. The authors state that though the name is made up of real elements, it's made up.
AZIYADÉfLiterature
Aziyadé (1879) is a novel by French author Pierre Loti. It tells the story of the 27-year-old Loti's illicit love affair with an 18-year-old harem girl named Aziyadé.
BABIOLEfLiterature
Means "bauble" or "trinket" in French. According to the French fairytale, Babiole is the daughter of a queen. The fairy Fanfreluche tricks the queen into turning her daughter into a monkey.
BADROULBADOURfLiterature
Means "full moon of full moons" in Arabic. This is the name of the princess from the Arabian Nights fairy tale Aladdin.
BAGDEMAGUSmArthurian Romance
Meaning unknown. In Arthurian legend Bagdemagus is the king of Gorre, a Knight of the Round Table and the father of Maleagant.
BAGHEERAmLiterature
Bagheera is a black panther (black Indian leopard) who is a fictional character in Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli stories in The Jungle Book (coll. 1894) and The Second Jungle Book (coll. 1895). The word Bagh (बाघ) means tiger in Hindi.
BAINmLiterature, Judeo-Christian Legend
Bain was the son of Bard in J. R. R. Tolkien's book, The Hobbit. "Bain" means "beautiful" in J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional language, Sindarin (Elvish).
BALANICEfLiterature
Meaning unknown. This name appears in the French fairy tale "Rosanella", where it belongs to the queen who is the title character's mother.
BALBULUSmMedieval, Literature
The Latin word balbulus mean "stammerer". It was the byname of St. Notker of St. Gallen.... [more]
BALDORmLiterature
The Rohirrim eldest son of King Brego, in J.R.R. Tolkien's works.
BALINmArthurian Romance, Literature, Germanic Mythology
The name was used in Arthurian legend by Sir Thomas Malory as the name of one of King Arthur's valiant knights. ... [more]
BANJOmEnglish (Australian), Literature
Occasionally used as a given name, predominantly in Australia, after renowned poet Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson (1864 - 1941).
BANQUOmLiterature
A character in Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
BARABASmHebrew (Rare), Literature, English (Puritan), Biblical
Variant form of Barabbas. In literature, this is the name of the main character in Christopher Marlowe's play "The Jew of Malta".
BARAHIRmLiterature
Means "fiery lord" in Sindarin. In Tolkien's 'The Silmarillion', this was the name of the father of Beren. It was also mentioned in 'The Lord of the Rings' as the name of both a Steward of Gondor and the grandson of Eowyn and Faramir.
BARBERUSmLiterature
"Barberus"- similar to "barbarian" and "brag" means to boast about oneself. Each of these words suggest his character, which is bullying and crude.This is the name of Barberus Bragge, a character in the "Harry Potter" series written by J.K. Rowling.
BARDmLiterature
A significant supporting character in The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, Bard the Bowman (abbreviated to Bard) of Esgaroth was a skilled archer and the heir of Girion, the last king of old Dale. He was described as "grim faced" and while a guardsman of Esgaroth he was often predicting floods and poisoned fish... [more]
BARDOLPHmLiterature, Medieval English
From a Germanic name derived from the elements bard, meaning "small axe" or "beard", and wulf "wolf". Shakespeare used it for minor characters in several plays.
BARNABUSmGreek, Literature
Barnabus means "son of consolation". Barnabus is an alternate spelling of Barnabas (Greek, Aramaic): Greek variation of an Aramaic name.This is the name of Barnabus Blenkinsop, a character in the "Harry Potter" series written by J.K. Rowling.
BARTLEBYmLiterature
This name was apparently invented by the 19th-century writer Herman Melville, who perhaps intended it to mean "Bartholomew's town" from the medieval English name Bartle, a diminutive of Bartholomew, combined with the English place name suffix by meaning "farm, settlement" from Old Norse býr (compare Darby, Colby and Willoughby).... [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]
BEEDLEmLiterature
Possibly a variant of Bede.... [more]
BEETEEmLiterature
The name of a character from District 3 in the young adult novels "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay," the final two installments of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The author does not give any clues as to the name's origins.
BEEZUSfLiterature
In the case of the character from Beverly Cleary's 'Ramona' book series, it originated as a nursery form of Beatrice (her real name), given to her by her younger sister.
BEIRAfLiterature, Celtic Mythology
Anglicized form of Bheur or Bhuer perhaps meaning "cutting, sharp, shrill" in Scottish Gaelic, from Cailleach Bheur "sharp old wife", the name of the Scottish personification of winter, a reference to wintry winds... [more]
BELACANEfArthurian Romance
The mother of Feirefiz, Parsifal's half-brother, in Wolfram von Eschenbach's 'Parsifal'.
BELACQUAmLiterature
Possibly from a contraction of Bevilacqua, an Italian surname that was originally a nickname derived from the expression bevi l'acqua meaning "drinks water", probably applied ironically to a heavy drinker of alcohol... [more]
BELCOLOREfMedieval Italian, Literature
Combination of Italian bel "beautiful" and colore "colour". The Italian novelist Boccaccio used this name in his work 'The Decameron' (1350).
BELGAERf & mLiterature
Belgaer is the fifth of the seven bells used by necromancers and the Abhorsen in Garth Nix's Old Kingdom trilogy. Belgaer is the Thinker, the bell that gives or takes freedom of thought from the listener.
BELGARATHmLiterature
Belgarath is used in David Edding's book series, the Belgariad. He is the old sorcerer that helps Garion.
BÉLINEfFrench (Rare), Literature, Theatre, History
Diminutive of Isabelle or derived from Belle "beautiful". It was used by Molière in his play 'The Imaginary Invalid' (1673), where it belongs to the wife of Argan. It was also the name of an 8th-century virgin martyr, Saint Béline from Landreville in Aube, France.
BÉLISEfFrench (Rare), Literature, Theatre
This name was used on one of the characters in Molière's play Les Femmes savantes (1672).
BELLADONNAfLiterature, Medieval Italian
From Italian bella "beautiful, fair" and donna "lady". This is the name of an extremely poisonous plant (Atropa belladonna; also bears the popular name of deadly nightshade). The author J. R. R. Tolkien used it as a hobbit name in 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954), where it belongs to the mother of Bilbo Baggins.
BELLAMIRAfEnglish, Literature
Probably derived from the Latin elements bella "beautiful" and mira "wondrous" (cf. Mirabella). This name belongs to a courtesan in the play 'The Jew of Malta' (written c. 1589 or 1590) by English dramatist Christopher Marlowe.
BELLARIAfLiterature
Perhaps derived from Latin bellare meaning "to fight". This name was used by Robert Greene for a character in his prose romance 'Pandosto: The Triumph of Time' (1588). It was also used by Henry Fielding in his play 'The Temple Beau' (1730), and by Aaron Hill (1685-1750) in his poem 'Bellaria, at her Spinnet'.
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]
BELLOTTEfLiterature, French (Rare, Archaic)
Derived from French belle meaning "beautiful". This is the name of Laidronette's sister in Madame d'Aulnoy's fairy tale The Green Serpent.
BELLYfLiterature
Diminutive of Isabelle.... [more]
BELOVEDf & mEnglish (Puritan), Literature
Meaning, "dearly loved."
BELVIDERAfLiterature
Feminine form of Belvedere used by English dramatist Thomas Otway for a character in his tragedy 'Venice Preserv'd' (1682).
BELVINAfLiterature
Apparently from the Latin word meaning "beast-like" (also written beluina), derived from bēlua "beast, monster" (Italian belva) with the adjectival suffix‎ -īnus "of, like"... [more]
BENEATHAfLiterature
Meaning unknown, possibly invnted from the English word "beneath" and the feminine suffix "a". Beneatha Younger is character in the play "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry.
BENEDICKmLiterature
Variant of Benedict used by Shakespeare in his comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1599).
BENJENmPopular Culture, Literature
A character in the Game of Thrones universe, Benjen Stark.
BENSIABELmLiterature
An Italian name of unknown meaning. Possibly connected to the Italian words "ben" meaning "well", and "bel" meaning "nice". In the Italian fairy tale Prunella, he was the benevolent son of the witch, and love interest of Prunella.
BENVOLIOmItalian, English, Literature
Means "good-wisher" possibly be from the word "benevolent", meaning, "Having a disposition to do good".... [more]
BEORNmLiterature, English
Literally meant "bear" (cognate of Björn) and also, later, "nobleman" in Old English; in Anglo-Saxon society, beorn "bear" came to mean "man" and "warrior" with implications of "freeman" and "nobleman" (the word baron is related to beorn)... [more]
BERENmLiterature
Means "brave" in Sindarin. Beren (also known as Beren Erchamion, 'the One-handed', and Beren Camlost, 'the Empty-handed') is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. He was the son of Barahir and Emeldir, the husband of Lúthien, the father of Dior Eluchíl, and ancestor of Elros and of him of Aragorn, and ancestor of Elrond and of him Arwen... [more]
BERICmEnglish (British), Literature, Popular Culture
Variant of Berrick. Beric Dondarrian is a character in 'A Song of Ice and Fire', as well as it's TV counterpart 'Game of Thrones', known for leading the Brotherhood without Banners and being repeatedly resurrected, though in his case, the name is a variant of Barak (1), as he is known as The Lightning Lord.
BERINTHIAfLiterature, English (Rare)
Meaning unknown, perhaps first used by Sir John Vanbrugh for a young widow in his play 'The Relapse' (1697). It was subsequently used by Richard Brinsley Sheridan for a widow in his play 'A Trip to Scarborough' (1777), and also appears in Dickens's 'Dombey and Son' (1848) belonging to Mrs Pipchin's niece.
BETSINDAfLiterature
Apparently a pseudo-Italian elaboration of Betsy based on similar-sounding names such as Belinda and Lucinda (perhaps Betsaida; see Bethsaida). It was used by William Makepeace Thackeray in his satirical novel 'The Rose and the Ring' (1854), where it belongs to a little chambermaid.
BEVELmLiterature
A word meaning “a slope from the horizontal or vertical in carpentry and stonework; a sloping surface or edge,” coming from the French for “to gape.” Flannery O'Connor used it for two characters in her 1955 short story "The River."
BIANCABELLAfLiterature
Means "white-beautiful" in Italian. This is the name of the title character of the Italian fairy tale Biancabella and the Snake, written by Giovanni Francesco Straparola.
BIFURmGermanic Mythology, Literature
The name of a dwarf in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.... [more]
BIJANmPersian, Literature
Modern form of Bizhan. In literature, Bijan is the name of a character in the 11th-century epic poem "Shahnameh" written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi.
BILBIfLiterature
In Hebrew, Pippi Longstocking is called "Bilbi Bat-Gerev" ("Gilgi" in old translations)
BILIUSmLithuanian, Literature
Means either "bile" or "bad-tempered." ... [more]
BILLINAfLiterature, English (American)
Character from a novel in the Oz series.
BIMPmLiterature
This is the name a character in the "Harry Potter" series written by J.K. Rowling.
BIRKmSwedish, Literature
Old Norse word meaning "trading place, market place" and "birch tree". Birk Borkason is a character in Astrid Lindgren's 'Ronia the Robber's daugher'.
BLACKAVARmLiterature
A rabbit who escaped from a warren called Efrafa in the book Watership Down by Richard Adams.
BLAGDONmLiterature
This is the name of Blagdon Blay, a character in the "Harry Potter" series written by J.K. Rowling.
BLANCHEFLEURfMedieval French, Literature
Meaning "white flower" from the French elements blanche and fleur. Blanchefleur was the name of the heroine in the medieval romance of Floris and Blanchefleur. This was also the given name of the mother of Tristan in Tristan and Iseult.
BLIGHTmLiterature
Used by author Suzanne Collins in her novel 'Catching Fire' for District Seven's male Quarter Quell tribute, likely given in reference to the English word for plant disease. It may ultimately come from Old English blæce/blæcðu, a skin condition, or from Old Norse blikna, meaning "to become pale".
BLONDINEfLiterature
Means "blonde" in French, combined with a diminutive suffix. This is the name of two characters in Madame d'Aulnoy's fairy tales: Belle-Etoile's mother in "Princess Belle-Etoile" and a minor character in "The Imp Prince"... [more]
fLiterature
‘Bö’ or ‘Böe’ means "gust", "blast" or "scud" in German and is one of the shortest words in that language. It is also remindful of "beauty", as in Beau. Despite being very short, it is not an actual short form... [more]
BOESmDutch (Rare), Literature, Popular Culture
Dutch form of Boso. This given name is extremely rare in the Netherlands nowadays and is more commonly found as a patronymic surname.... [more]
BOFURmLiterature, Germanic Mythology
A character created by J.R.R. Tolkien in 'The Hobbit'. Bofur is a Dwarf in Thorin's Company who is related to Bifur and Bombur. Bofur is not one of Durin's Folk, he is one of Moria.... [more]
BOMBURmLiterature, Germanic Mythology
A Dwarf in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit." A relative of Bifur and Bofur, and the fattest of the Dwarves in Thorin's company.... [more]
BONAfEnglish, Literature, Medieval
Possibly derived from Latin bonus, -a, -um meaning "good; honest; brave; noble; kind; pleasant; right; useful; healthy; valid"... [more]
BOOmPopular Culture, Literature
Boo is one of the main characters of the game Cut the Rope 2. He is first seen in Underground location.... [more]
BORBOLETAfLiterature
Borboleta is a Portuguese noun meaning "butterfly." However, Borboleta is neither a common Portuguese name nor surname. This is the name of Madam Borboleta, a character in the "Harry Potter" series written by J.K. Rowling.
BORKAmLiterature, Swedish (Rare)
Borka is the father of Birk Borkason and one of the antagonists in Astrid Lindgren's 'Ronia the Robber's Daughter'. Lindgren might have gotten the name from Lake Borkasjön in Lapland, northern Sweden.
BOROMIRmLiterature
Means "jeweled hand" in Sindarin. In 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien, this is the name of one of the nine walkers in the Fellowship of the Ring.
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.
BRADAMANTEfLiterature
Used by Matteo Maria Boiardo for a female knight in his epic poem 'Orlando Innamorato' (1495). He possibly intended it to derive from Italian brado "wild, untamed, natural" (used of wild animals) and amante "loving" (present participle of amare "to love"; or perhaps Latin amantis "lover, sweetheart, mistress")... [more]
BRANDOCHmLiterature
Brandoch Daha is a lord in the novel "The Worm Ouroboros" by Eric Rücker Eddison.
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.
BREDONmLiterature
This is one of the many names of Lord Peter Wimsey, a fictional character created by Dorothy L. Sayers. It is also the name of his firstborn son.
BREGOmLiterature
The second King of Rohan, in J.R.R. Tolkien's literary works. In Peter Jackson's film versions, Aragorn rides a horse by the name of Brego (apparently in honor of the king).
BREVISmLiterature
From an English surname.This is the name of Brevis Birch, a character in the "Harry Potter" series written by J.K. Rowling.
BRIAR-ROSEfLiterature
The real name of the fairy tale character Sleeping Beauty, i.e., the title character in the Brothers Grimm tale 'Little Briar-Rose', which comes from a combination of Briar and Rose (referring to the bloom of a wild rose bush, or (allegorically) "a rose among thorns")... [more]
BRIENNEfAmerican (Modern, Rare), Popular Culture, Literature
Variant of Brianne. This is the name of a character in George R. R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series, as well as the TV show based on the books 'Game of Thrones'.
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).
BRITOMARTfLiterature
Form of Britomartis used by Edmund Spenser for a female knight in his poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590). Folk etymology associated Brito- with "Briton" and -martis with Mars (genitive Martis), the Roman god of war.
BROMmLiterature
Brom is a fictional character in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy. He is a former Dragon Rider and good member of the Varden. He is the trilogy's main character's mentor through the first book... [more]
BRONNmLiterature, Popular Culture
Ser Bronn of the Blackwater is the name of a character from the Song of Ice and Fire books by GRR Martin and the TV show Game of Thrones based upon the former. ... [more]
BRUNELLOmItalian, Literature
Diminutive of Bruno (see also Brunella). Bearers of this name include the former Italian water polo player Brunello Spinelli, and a fictional dwarf in the epic poems "Orlando innamorato" by Matteo Maria Boiardo and "Orlando furioso" by Ludovico Ariosto.
BUCEPHALUSmPet, Ancient Greek, Literature
Means "ox-head" in Ancient Greek. From the Ancient Greek βούς (bous) 'ox' and κεφαλή (kephalē) 'head'. ... [more]
BUTTERCUPfLiterature
From the English word buttercup, a yellow, poisonous flower that grows in grasslands and as a gardenweed. It came into use after author William Goldman used this name for Princess Buttercup in the book The Princess Bride (1973) and the subsequent film adaptation of the same name (1987).
CADDYf & mEnglish (Rare), Literature
Diminutive of names beginning with the letter or sound C such as Katherine, Caden and Cadence
CADIGAfArabic (Latinized), Literature
Archaic transcription of Khadija. This form is mostly used in older English translations of the Koran, as well as early translations of the Arabian Nights. A notable bearer of this name is the titular character's wife from the Arabian Nights-inspired novel "The History of Nourjahad" (1767) by Frances Sheridan.
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]
CAÏSSAfLiterature
Invented by the Italian writer Marco Girolamo Vida as a goddess of chess in 1527. It was reused in the poem Caïssa (1763) by William Jones. Since then, the name was sporadically given to girls. It is also a popular name for chess clubs.
CALAFIAfLiterature, Popular Culture
This name was apparently invented by Spanish writer Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo, who probably based it on califa, the Spanish form of Arabic khalifa, an Islamic title meaning "successor" (see Khalifa)... [more]
CALCHASmGreek Mythology, Literature
Calchas was a seer featured in Homer's Iliad, famous for correctly predicting many events of the Trojan War. Upon being bested in a contest of soothsaying by Mopsus, he killed himself in shame.This is the name a character in the "Harry Potter" series written by J.K. Rowling.
CALCIFERmLiterature
This is the name of a fire demon in the 1986 young adult fantasy novel Howl's Moving Castle, written by Diana Wynne Jones.... [more]
CALIBANmLiterature
From a version of the Spanish word canibal "cannibal", with -n- and -l- interchanged, found in Hakluyt's 'Voyages' (1599). Shakespeare created this name for the savage, deformed slave of Prospero in his play 'The Tempest' (1611)... [more]
CALIDOREmLiterature
Perhaps derived from Greek kallos "beauty" and doron "gift". It was used by Edmund Spenser in his poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1596), where Sir Calidore, the Knight of Courtesy, is the hero of Book VI who tames the Blatant Beast as requested by Queen Gloriana.
CALIGORANTEmLiterature
Meaning unknown. In Ariosto's poem 'Orlando Furioso' (1516), Caligorante was a giant who was enslaved by the knight Astolfo. Perhaps it is from Latin caligante "fading, growing dim", or the Italian name Calogero, or it may be a play on the Italian place name Caltagirone (derived from Arabic qal'at-al-ghiran "hill of vases").
CALMANAfLiterature
Latinized form of Kalmana, the name of Cain's wife and twin sister in Judeo-Christian legend (e.g., found in the (first Greek redaction of the) 'Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius', written in Syriac in the late 7th century)... [more]
CALOGRENANTmArthurian Romance
Name of a knight of the round table, associated with the Welsh hero Cynon ap Clydno.
CALPURNIAfAncient Roman, Literature
Feminine form of Calpurnius. It is the name of Julius Caesar's last wife, as well as the name of the Finches' cook in the book "To Kill a Mockingbird".
CALWYNfLiterature, English
Possibly created by combining prefix kal with the wyn derived from Welsh gwyn meaning "blessed, white, fair".... [more]
CAMIONfLiterature
From an archaic French word meaning "small pin". This is the name of the titular character in Mademoiselle de Lubert's fairy tale "Princess Camion" (1743). Camion is the name of a princess transformed into a tiny doll, given to the prince Zirphil to be his wife... [more]
CAMPIONmEnglish (Rare), Literature
This rare given name can be derived from the surname of Campion as well as from the name of the plant, both of which likely derive their name from Old French campion meaning "champion". A known bearer of this given name is the American writer and film director Campion Murphy (b... [more]
CANNETELLAfLiterature
Derived from Italian canna "reed" combined with a diminutive suffix. This name is borne by the protagonist of the Italian fairy tale "Cannetella" by Giambattista Basile. Cannetella is a young princess who marries the evil wizard Fioravante.
CAPITOLAfEnglish, Literature
Capitola Le Noir (aka Capitola Black or Cap Black) is a character from E.D.E.N. Southworth‘s “The Hidden Hand” (published 1859). The name alludes to the words capital and capitalism as well as capitol.
CARABOSSEfLiterature
Derived from Latin cara, meaning "face", and Old French bosse meaning "inflammation". This describes a bubo gotten through pox. This name was first used on the wicked fairy godmother in Madame d'Aulnoy's fairy tale The Princess Mayblossom (1697), though nowadays it is more famous as the name given to the wicked fairy godmother in Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty (1890).
CARANTHIRmLiterature
Sindarin form of Carnistir.
CARLOTfLiterature
A character in the 1987 science fiction novel The Smoke Ring by Larry Niven.
CARMILLAfLiterature
Used by Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu for the title character of his Gothic novella 'Carmilla' (1872), about a lesbian vampire. Le Fanu probably based the name on Carmella.
CARNISTIRmLiterature
Means "red-faced" in Quenya. In Tolkien's Legendarium this is the mother-name of Caranthir, the fourth son of Fëanor and Nerdanel.
CARRIETTAfEnglish (American), Literature
The name was given to the main character in the fictional novel "Carrie" by the author Stephen King. In the novel, it was stated that the main character's first name was Carrietta but that it was shortened to Carrie which is what she went by... [more]
CASCAmLiterature
It is the name of one of the character's in Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar.
CASINAfLiterature
Casina is the beautiful girl in the Latin play by the early Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus. The title has been translated as "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Wedding". There is also a film adaptation titled as "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."
CASSIELmEnglish (Latinized), Judeo-Christian Legend, Literature, Popular Culture
Means "speed of God" in Hebrew via El theophory in the Bible, which is the practice of embedding the name of a god or a deity in, usually, a proper name. Cassiel is the Latin name of an archangel in post-biblical Judeo-Christian religion, particularly that of the Kabbalah... [more]
CASTAMIRmLiterature
Possibly means "jeweled helmet" in Quenya. In Tolkien's legendarium this is the name of the evil King of Gondor who usurps the throne form Eldacar, the rightful king.
CATHERfLiterature, English (Rare)
As an English name, it is probably a short form of Catherine.... [more]
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