Folklore Submitted Names

These names occur in folklore and fairy tales.
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AETHENOTH m Folklore, Pet
Likely a variant or corruption of ÆTHELNOÐ. This was the name of the horse of Lady GODIVA who rode down the streets of Coventry, England in the nude.
ALE m Swedish, Ancient Scandinavian, Folklore
Probably a short form of various Old Norse names, for example ÁLEIFR and ALRÍKR. Oldest known usage of the name is from a runic inscription from the 9th century.
ALLERLEIRAUH f Folklore (Germanized)
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]
AOIBHEALL f Irish Mythology, Folklore
Probably from Old Irish óibell "spark, fire". In Irish legend this is the name of a banshee or goddess who appeared to the Irish king Brian Boru on the eve of the Battle of Clontarf (1014). She is still said to dwell in the fairy mound of Craig Liath in County Clare.
ARADIA f Folklore (Italianized, ?)
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.
ASCHENPUTTEL f Folklore (Germanized)
Means "digging in the ashes" in German. This is the German name for CINDERELLA used by the Brothers Grimm.
BADROULBADOUR f Literature, Folklore
From Arabic بدر البدور‎ (Badr ul-Budūr) meaning "full moon of full moons" (see also BUDUR). This is the name of the princess in the Middle Eastern fairy tale 'Aladdin', one of the tales in the 'Arabian Nights'.
BERŽAS m Lithuanian, Folklore, Popular Culture
Derived from the Lithuanian noun beržas meaning "birch tree". In Lithuanian folklore and popular culture, Beržas is the name of one of the three sons of the titular character of the folk tale Eglė žalčių karalienė, which translates to English as Eglė, the Queen of Serpents.
BETKIL m Georgian (Rare), Georgian Mythology, Folklore
Meaning unknown. It is possibly of Svan origin, since Betkil is the name of a tragic protagonist from a Svan folk song.... [more]
BRUIN m Dutch (Rare), English (Rare, ?), Folklore
Dutch form of BRUNO. It coincides with the Dutch word for "brown". This was also the name of the bear in medieval fables of Reynard the Fox.
CENERENTOLA f Folklore
Italian form of CINDERELLA, derived from Italian cenere meaning "cinder".
CENICIENTA f Folklore
Spanish form of CINDERELLA.
CORMORAN m Folklore, Literature
Name of a legendary giant in Cornish folklore; he appears in the fairy tale 'Jack the Giant Killer'. The name was also used for the main character, Cormoran Strike, in 'The Cuckoo's Calling' (2013) by Robert Galbraith (J... [more]
CRISTALDA f Folklore, Popular Culture
A dithematic name formed from the Greek name element christ "anointed" and the Germanic name element wald "to rule".... [more]
DORNRÖSCHEN f Folklore (Germanized)
The name of the 'Sleeping Beauty' in the German fairy tale 'Little Briar Rose' by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, meaning "thorny little rose".
DUIMELIJNTJE f Folklore
Dutch form of THUMBELINA, which is derived from Dutch duim meaning "thumb" combined with the Dutch diminutive suffixes -lijn and -tje.
ELEGAST m Germanic Mythology, Literature, Folklore
Albi "elf" + gastiz "spirit". Elegast is the hero and noble robber in the 'Karel ende Elegast', a Medieval Dutch epic poem.
FERTRAM m Icelandic (Modern, Rare), Folklore
Icelandic name of unknown origin and meaning, invented for a fairy tale Sagan af Fertram og Ísól björtu, which translates as The story of Fertram and bright Ísól in English. The name is probably influenced by the names BERTRAM and FERDINAND.
GOLDILOCKS f Folklore, Literature
From a nickname for a young girl with blond hair that originated from the English words gold and locks. This is best known as the name of the main character in the fairy tale 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears.' The name was also used by J. R. R. Tolkien in 'The Lord of the Rings,' where it belongs to one of SAMWISE Gamgee's daughters.
HERNE m Literature, Folklore
Herne the Hunter is a ghost first mentioned in Shakespeare's play "The Merry Wives of Windsor".
INDRID m Popular Culture, Folklore
Indrid Cold is the name of a being originating in North American folklore, whose appearance usually coincides with sightings of UFOs or other cryptids.
ISENGRIM m Literature, Folklore, Ancient Germanic
A variant form of ISANGRIM. This is the name of a wolf found in many medieval stories, most notably in the French folktale of Reynard the Fox. The author J. R. R. Tolkien used it as a hobbit name in 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954).
JONAY m Spanish (Canarian), Folklore
Taken from GARAJONAY, a Canarian place name of Guanche origin. According to a local legend, GARA and Jonay were a pair of young Guanche lovers who died together in a joint suicide at Garajonay peak, the highest mountain on the Canarian island of La Gomera... [more]
KOPCIUSZEK f Folklore
Means "black redstart" in Polish - the black redstart being a type of small bird. This is the Polish name of the fairy tale character Cinderella. It is not used as a given name in Poland.
KRABAT m Folklore, German (Modern, Rare), Literature, Sorbian
Krabat is derived from the Sorbian word for "Croat". He is a legendary figure in Sorbian folklore and the hero of Otfried Preußler's novel 'Krabat'. ... [more]
LOCIKA f Folklore
From the Czech word for the Lactuca plant (lettuce). This is the Czech name for RAPUNZEL (the fairy tale character). This isn't a personal name in Czech.
LUMISIRKKU f Folklore
Means "snow bunting (a type of bird)" in Finnish, composed of lumi "snow" (see LUMI) and sirkku "bunting" (referring to a bird of the genus Emberiza; see SIRKKU)... [more]
MAHSURI f Malay, Folklore
From Malay maha meaning "great" and suri meaning "queen". This is the name of a legendary woman from the Malaysian island of Langkawi who was executed for adultery.
MIGNOLINA f Folklore
The other Italian name form THUMBELINA
MINDIA m Georgian, Folklore, Literature
Basically means "I wanted you", derived from Georgian მინდია (mindia) or მინდოდა (mindoda) meaning "I wanted". This name literally refers to the fact that the child in question was desired by its parents.... [more]
MIRLIFLOR m Folklore
Derived from French mirliflore meaning "dandy". This is the name of a prince in the fairy tale 'Rosanella'. He is known for his inconstancy.
MUCH m Folklore
In the tales about the famous heroic outlaw Robin Hood, Much the Miller's Son was one of his Merry Men. In his case, Much is a nickname which he received because his abilities were apparently so unimpressive that it caused his parents to continually refer to him as "our son, though he's not much", which was ultimately shortened to Much.
NICNEVIN f Celtic Mythology, Folklore
From the Scottish surname NEACHNEOHAIN meaning "daughter(s) of the divine". ... [more]
NORCIA f Folklore
Norcia is a female leprechaun in Tuscan folklore. Her name is a corruption of the Etruscan goddess NORTIA.
OUREANA f Medieval Portuguese, Folklore
Variant of OUROANA. In 1158, a Christian knight, Gonçalo Hermigues and his companions kidnapped a Moorish princess named FATIMA... [more]
PARIBANOU f Folklore
Composed of Persian پری‎ (pari) "fairy" and بانو‎ (bânu) "lady". This is the name of a female genie in the 'Arabian Nights' fairy tale 'The Story of Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Paribanou'.
PELENĖ f Folklore
Lithuanian form of CINDERELLA.
PEPELKA f Folklore
Slovenian form of CINDERELLA.
POLLICINA f Folklore
This name is one of the two Italian forms of THUMBELINA (the other is MIGNOLINA). It is derived from Italian pollice meaning "thumb" combined with the Italian feminine diminutive suffix -ina... [more]
POPOCATEPETL m Folklore, New World Mythology, Aztec and Toltec Mythology
According to the legend, at the beginning of history, when the Aztecs arrived in the Valley of Anahuac, before the mountains had reached their permanent form, a beautiful princess named Mixtli was born, in the city of Tenochtitlan... [more]
RAIPONCE f Folklore (Gallicized)
French cognate of RAPUNZEL. This is used as the French name for the fairy tale character.
RAMPION f Folklore
In some versions of RAPUNZEL, Rapunzel's name is Rampion, after the lettuce her father stole.
ROSANELLA f Folklore (Anglicized)
From the French name ROSANIE, which is probably an elaboration of ROSE. This is the titular character of the French fairy tale 'Rosanella'... [more]
ROSANIE f Folklore
Probably an elaboration of ROSE. This is the name of a princess in the fairy tale 'Ricdin-Ricdon' by Marie-Jeanne L'Héritier. It was also used by the Comte de Caylus for the titular princess in his fairy tale 'Rosanie' (usually known in English as 'Rosanella').
ROSASPINA f Folklore (Italianized)
From Italian rosa meaning "rose" and spina "thorn, spine", used as a translation of German DORNRÖSCHEN, the title character of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale (known as Briar Rose in English).
ROSENROT f Folklore (Germanized)
German form of Rose Red, used in the fairy tale 'Snow White and Rose Red' by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.
ROSZPUNKA f Folklore
Polish name for RAPUNZEL, which is taken from their word for corn salad, also known as the Valerianella plant. This is also how the original German RAPUNZEL is named... [more]
ROUGAROU m Folklore
The name of a werewolf-like creature in Laurentian French. It is derived from standard French loup garou "werewolf" (where loup means "wolf" and garou is a borrowed word from Germanic were-wolf via Frankish garulf).
SAURIMONDA f Folklore, Medieval Occitan
From Old Occitan saur "blond" and mond "world". This is the name of an evil entity who manifested herself as a girl with fair hair and blue eyes.
SCHNEEWEIßCHEN f Folklore (Germanized)
Means "snow white" in High German, thus a cognate of SCHNEEWITTCHEN. This is the name of a peasant girl in the traditional German folktale "Snow-White and Rose-Red" or "The Ungrateful Dwarf".
SCHNEEWITTCHEN f Folklore (Germanized), German (Modern, Rare)
Means "snow white" in German. This is the name of an unfortunate princess hated by her stepmother in a traditional German folktale, immortalized first by the Brothers Grimm retelling in their "Grimms' Fairy Tales" (1812, 1854) and then by Walt Disney's animated film (1937).... [more]
SEBILE f Arthurian Romance, Folklore
Variant of SYBIL. In Arthurian legend and Italian folklore, Sebile is a queen or princess often portrayed as a fairy or enchantress.
SGÀTHACH f Folklore
Scottish Gaelic form of SCÁTHACH.
SHULGAN m Folklore
Theorised to be derived from Chinese 水 (shuǐ) meaning "water" combined with 龍 (lóng) meaning "dragon" and 王 (wáng) "king". In Bashkir and Turkic folklore, Shulgan is the mythical ruler of an underwater realm... [more]
SINTERKLAAS m Folklore
The name comes from Sint en Nicolaas or Klaas.
SNEEWITTCHEN f Folklore (Germanized)
Archaic form of SCHNEEWITTCHEN. This was the original German form used by the Brothers Grimm for their famous retelling of the folktale "Snow White".
SNEEWITTKEN f Folklore (Germanized)
Original Low German form of SCHNEEWITTCHEN.
SNØHVIT f Folklore
Norwegian form of Snow White.
SNÖVIT f Swedish (Modern, Rare), Folklore
Used as a Swedish translation of the name of the fairy tale character Snow White (SCHNEEWITTCHEN), from Swedish snö "snow" and vit "white".
TÄHKÄPÄÄ f Folklore
From Finnish tähkä meaning "ear of grain", and pää meaning "head". It is the Finnish name for RAPUNZEL and not used as a given name in Finland.
TANNAKIN f Folklore, Literature
Tannakin Skinker is a pig-faced woman in A Certaine Relation of the Hog-faced Gentlewoman called Mistris Tannakin Skinker, a 1640 chapbook.
THUMBELINA f Folklore
From the fairy tale character by Hans Christian Andersen.
ÞYRNIRÓS f Icelandic (Modern, Rare, ?), Folklore
Means "thorned rose" in Icelandic. This is used as the Icelandic name for the fairy tale character Sleeping Beauty, being the Icelandic translation of German DORNRÖSCHEN, the title character of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale (known as Briar Rose in English).
TRAHLYTA f Cherokee (?), New World Mythology (?), Folklore
The name of a legendary Cherokee princess.
UOSIS m Lithuanian, Folklore, Popular Culture
Derived from the Lithuanian noun uosis meaning "ash tree". In Lithuanian folklore and popular culture, Uosis is the name of one of the three sons of the titular character of the folk tale Eglė žalčių karalienė, which translates to English as Eglė, the Queen of Serpents.
VESLEFRIKK m Literature, Folklore
Means "little Frikk" from Norwegian vesle "little" combined with the name FRIKK. This is the main character in the Norwegian folktale Veslefrikk med fela, which translates to English as Little Freddie with his Fiddle.
VIRIBUNDA f Folklore
From a Swedish fairy tale by Anna Maria Roos 'Prins Florestan eller sagan om jätten Bam-Bam och feen Viribunda' "Prince Florestan or the saga of he giant Bam Bam and the fairy Viribunda" that inspired Astrid Lindgren's novel 'Mio, my son'.... [more]
YÁIZA f Spanish (Canarian), Folklore, Literature
Origin and meaning unknown, perhaps from the name of a village on the Canarian island of Lanzarote, which may be of indigenous Guanche origin. Allegedly Yáiza was the name of a Guanche princess who inhabited the Canary Islands in pre-colonial times... [more]
ZELINDA f Italian (Rare), Hungarian (Rare), Folklore
Supposedly an Italian form of SELINDE, itself a German variant of SIEGLINDE, as well as a Hungarian borrowing of this name... [more]
ŽILVINAS m Lithuanian, Folklore, Popular Culture
Derived from either the old Lithuanian noun žilvis meaning "child, offspring" as well as "offshoot, sprout", or from old Lithuanian želvys meaning "unripe, immature, young". In Lithuanian folklore and popular culture, Žilvinas is the name of the husband of the titular character of the folk tale Eglė žalčių karalienė, which translates to English as Eglė, the Queen of Serpents.
ZLATOVLÁSKA f Folklore
This is used as the Russian and Czech form of GOLDILOCKS.
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