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AbenámarmLiterature Abenámar is the main character of El romance de Abenámar anonimously written and set in 1431. Abenámar is either King Yusuf IV (Abenalmao) himself or one of his courtiers. The poem is a dialogue between Abenámar and King John II of Castille, who wishes for complete possession of Granada (that occurs only in 1492).
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.
AbrafHistory, Literature 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.
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.
AccolonmArthurian Romance Of uncertain origin. Sir Accolon is a character in Arthurian legends, possibly first appearing in the Post-Vulgate 'Suite du Merlin' (c.1230-40). He is a knight from Gaul and the paramour of Morgan le Fay, who uses him as an unwitting participant in a plot against her half-brother Arthur; sensing the deception, Arthur defeats Accalon in battle... [more]
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.
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 Means "elfman, half-elf" in Sindarin, from the elements adan "man" and edhel "elf".
AdindafIndonesian, Dutch, Literature Means "sister" or "eldest daughter" (a formal, poetic term) in Indonesian. The name was used by Dutch writer Eduard Douwes Dekker (1820-1887), better known by his pen name Multatuli, for one of the eponymous characters in his story "Saïdjah and Adinda" in his 1860 novel Max Havelaar... [more]
AdsarthafLiterature Means "child of the warrior star" in Atlantean, the fictional language used in Marion Zimmer Bradley's novel, 'The Fall of Atlantis'.
AdsomLiterature Form of Azzo. Adso da Melk is a fictional Medieval character in Umberto Eco masterpiece 'Il nome della rosa' (1980). That character is loosely based on a real person: the monk Adso de Montier-en-Der (910/915 – 992)... [more]
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'.
AelinfLiterature Possibly inspired by Aylin. It is the name of a character in the 'Throne of Glass' series by Sarah J. Maas.
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, Popular 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'.
AeneafLiterature Possibly intended to be a feminine form of Aeneas, or possibly taken from the Latin word aēneus meaning "made of copper, made of bronze; brazen" (feminine aēnea), a derivative of aes "copper, bronze"... [more]
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]
AilleannfArthurian Romance Of uncertain derivation. This was the name of the title character in the Irish Arthurian romance Céilidhe Iosgaide Léithe (The Visit of the Grey-Hammed Lady). She married King Arthur when she took him and his knights to the Otherworld... [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.
AlarbusmLiterature From the play 'The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus' (late 16th century) by William Shakespeare. Alarbus is the son of Tamora.
AlaynefLiterature Variant of Elaine. It is a 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 Possibly from Old French alemandine, the name of a gem of a deep red colour (and the source of English almandine); this word was a corruption of Latin alabandicus "Alabandic (stone)", the name applied by Pliny the Elder to a variety of carbuncle worked at the city of Alabanda in Asia Minor (see Alabandus)... [more]
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".
AlisaundermScots, Medieval English, Literature Scots form and medieval English variant of Alexander. 'King Alisaunder' or 'Kyng Alisaunder', dating from the end of the 13th century or the early 14th century, is a Middle English romance or romantic epic telling the story of Alexander the Great's career from his youth, through his successful campaigns against the Persian king Darius and other adversaries, his discovery of the wonders of the East, and his untimely death.
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]
AlomafCatalan (Rare), Literature This name was used by the medieval writer and philosopher Ramon Llull in his novel Blanquerna (1283), where it belongs to the mother of the main character. Llull possibly based it on the masculine name Alomar (nowadays found as a surname - see Alomar), which derives from the Germanic name Aldemar... [more]
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.
AludamGeorgian, Literature This name is best known for being the name of the eponymous hero of the epic poem Aluda Ketelauri (1888) written by the Georgian poet and writer Vazha-Pshavela (1861-1915).... [more]
AlzirefTheatre, Literature 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."
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 MyrddinEmrys), 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).
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]
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.
AnathemafLiterature Name of the fictional character Ananthema Device from the show Good Omens inspired by Terry Pratchett Neil Gaiman's book. The name is derived from the word meaning "someone who is disliked" or "a curse by a pope or minister of the church", which makes sense as the character is an occultist.
AnayansifLiterature, Spanish (Latin American) Used by Panamanian author Octavio Méndez Pereira for a character in his historical novel Núñez de Balboa, el tesoro de Dabaibe (1934), where it belongs to an indigenous princess who falls in love with the Spanish conquistador Vasco Núñez de Balboa... [more]
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.
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]
AniarafSwedish (Modern, Rare), Literature From Greek ἀνιαρός (aniarós) meaning "sad, despairing". The name was invented by Swedish author Harry Martinson for the space ship in his poem of science fiction 'Aniara: en revy om människan i tid och rum' published in 1956.
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]
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... [more]
AntinéafLiterature, French Create by Pierre Benoit in its novel 'L'Atlantide' (1919) for Queen Antinéa. The name is inspired by Tin Hinan, a 4th-century Tuareg queen with a legendary story... [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)... [more]
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.
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 DÃºnedain, 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]
ArmulynmLiterature Armulyn is a character in Andrew Peterson's Wingfeather Saga, a bard and freedom fighter. His name and character were inspired by popular singer Rich Mullins' first initial and last name (R... [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]
ArthammLiterature Variant of Arthur, used in Andrew Peterson's Wingfeather Saga. The character was inspired by the author's brother, Arthur.
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]
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.
AsteryfLiterature Form of Asteria used by Edmund Spenser in his poem 'Muiopotmus; or, the Fate of the Butterfly' (1591), where it belongs to a nymph turned into a butterfly.
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]
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')... [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 Means "invention" in Quenya. Aulë is the Vala who created the dwarves in 'The Silmarillion' by J.R.R. Tolkien.
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.
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]
AzazellomLiterature Variant of Azazel used by the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov in his novel 'The Master and Margarita' (1967), where it belongs to a demon.
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, 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'.
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.
BagungusmArthurian Romance (Archaic) Meaning unknown. An extremely rare figure in Arthurian legend, Bagungus only appears in the earliest transcriptions of the works of Laghamon, from about 1190, and due to its rarity is thought by some to be a corruption of the name Bagdemagus.
BainmLiterature 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).
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.
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]
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]
BasiloklesmAncient Greek, Literature The first element of this name is derived from the Greek noun βασιλεύς (basileus) meaning "king" (see Basil 1), though technically both βασίλεια (basileia) meaning "queen, princess" and βασίλειος (basileios) meaning "royal, kingly" are also possible.... [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]
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]
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.
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.
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]
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]
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.
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.
BerinthiafTheatre, Literature, 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.
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.
BlackavarmLiterature A rabbit who escaped from a warren called Efrafa in the book Watership Down by Richard Adams.
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]
BöfLiterature ‘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... [more]
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.
BrandochmLiterature Brandoch Daha is a lord in the novel "The Worm Ouroboros" by Eric Rücker Eddison.
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]
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]
BrunormArthurian Romance Likely derived from the Germanic element brun "armour, protection" or brun "brown". This is the name of several characters in Arthurian tales, including the father of Sir Galehaut and the Knight of the Ill-Fitting Coat.
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).
CadenusmLiterature Invented by author Jonathan Swift for his 1726 poem Cadenus and Vanessa. The name is an anagram for the latin word decanus, meaning Dean, because he was the dean of St... [more]
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, Cornish 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]
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]
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").
CallidiafTheatre, Literature Probably derived from the Latin adjective calidus, which may be translated as "warm, hot, fiery," or "passionate". Callidia is Queen Veremonda's maid in an Italian opera called "Veremonda, l'amazzone di Aragona" (with the English translation being "Veremonda, the Amazon of Aragon" also known as "Il Delio")... [more]
CalmanafJudeo-Christian Legend, Literature 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]
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"... [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).
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]
CasildafSpanish, Galician, Portuguese (Rare), Literature, Theatre Meaning uncertain. This is the name of the patron saint of Toledo, Spain. It might have an Arabic origin, considering the history - Saint Casilda of Toledo was born a Moorish princess - and perhaps comes from Arabic قصيدة (qaṣīda) meaning "poem"... [more]
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."
Catti-briefPopular Culture, Literature Catti-brie (spelled Cattie-brie in later publications) is the name of a character in the 'Forgotten Realms', a series of fantasy novels by American author R. A. Salvatore which serves as a setting for the role-playing game 'Dungeons & Dragons'... [more]