occur primarily in literature
. They are not commonly
given to real people.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ABDIEL m Biblical 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.
ABENÁMAR m Literature
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).
ABERFORTH m Literature
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.
ABRA f History, 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.
ABRICOTINE f Literature
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
ACCOLON m Arthurian 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]
ACHEFLOW f Arthurian Romance
Variant of Acheflour
, which is probably a corruption of Blancheflour
) meaning "white flower" in Old French. In the Middle English romance 'Sir Perceval of Galles', Acheflour was the sister of King Arthur and mother of Perceval
ADALMIINA f Finnish, 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]
ADANEDHEL m Literature
Means "elfman, half-elf" in Sindarin, from the elements adan
"man" and edhel
ADINDA f Dutch, 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).
ADSARTHA f Literature
Means "child of the warrior star" in Atlantean, the fictional language used in Marion Zimmer Bradley's novel, 'The Fall of Atlantis'.
ADSO m Literature
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]
AEGON m Literature, 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'.
AELIN f Literature
Possibly inspired by Aylin
. It is the name of a character in the 'Throne of Glass' series by Sarah J. Maas.
AELITA f Literature, 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.
AELPHABA f Literature
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.
AEMON m Literature, 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'.
AENEA f Literature
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]
AGHAN m Literature
Aghan is the name of a human being in J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" book series.
AGRESTES m Arthurian 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]
AIBILEEN f Literature
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).
AIJA f Latvian, 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]
AIRELLE f French (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".
AKASHA f Literature, 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.
AKELA f Literature, Various
A character in The Jungle Book novel, meaning "single" or "solitary" in Hindi and Urdu.
ALAYNE f Literature
Variant of Elaine
. It is a the name of a minor character in George R. R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire'.
ALCIDIANE f Literature
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
ALEMANDINE f Arthurian 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
ALIENA f Theatre, 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
ALISANDER m Literature
Medieval variant of Alexander
occurring in Shakespeare and Malory. The herb Smyrnium olusatrum is also known commonly as "alisanders".
ALISAUNDER m Scots, 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.
ALIYANDER m Literature
Name of a sorcerer and antagonist in "The Princess and the Frog" by Robin McKinley.
ALIZARIN f & m Literature
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]
ALOMA f Catalan (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
ALRAUNE f Literature, 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.
ALTAMIRO m Spanish (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
. Both mean "high view" in Spanish, as they consist of the words alta
meaning "high" and mira
meaning "view, sight"... [more]
ALZIRE f Theatre, 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]
AMABELLE f Literature
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
AMADIS m Literature
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.
AMAETHON m Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Derived from the Brittonic name *Ambaχtonos
meaning "divine ploughman" or "ploughman-god". This was the name of the Welsh god of agriculture. In the late 11th-century legend of Culhwch
appeared as an Arthurian warrior; "as one of his tasks, Culhwch had to convince Amathaon to plow the lands of the giant Ysbaddaden
AMATIS f Literature
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.
AMBARTO m Literature
Means "upwards-exalted" in Quenya. In Tolkien's Legendarium this is the mother-name of Amrod
AMBROSINUS m Literature, 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.
AMDÍR m Literature
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
AMENA f Arthurian 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
AMLAITH m Literature
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.
AMORET f Literature
Perhaps based on the Italian word amoretto
which is a representation of Cupid
in a work of art. The word is based on amore
meaning "love" combined with a diminutive suffix. ... [more]
AMORY m English, 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).
AMPFLISE f Arthurian 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]
AMREN f Literature
A very powerful Fae in Sarah J. Maas 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' series.
AMROD m Literature
Sindarin form of Ambarto
. In Tolkien's Legendarium this is the most commonly used name of the sixth son of Fëanor
, also called Pityafinwë
. In some versions of the Legendarium Amrod dies at Losgar, but in the published collection 'The Silmarillion' he and his twin Amras
die in the Third Kinslaying.
AMROTH m Literature
Means "up-climber" in Silvan Elvish. This is the name of an Elf in Tolkien's Legendarium.
ANÁRION m Literature
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.
ANATHEMA f Literature
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.
ANCALIMË f Literature
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
ANDRETH f Literature
Means "patience" in Sindarin. Andreth was a wise-woman of the House of Bëor in J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium.
ANFORTAS m Arthurian Romance, Literature
Probably derived from Old French enfertez
meaning "infirmity". This was Wolfram's name for the wounded Fisher King in his epic 'Parzifal'.
ANGUILLETTE f Literature
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.
ANGUISH m Arthurian 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]
ANIARA f Swedish (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.
ANIDORI f Literature
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]
ANTIKONIE f Arthurian 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]
ANTIOCH m Literature, 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.
ÁNTONIA f Literature
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.
AOUDA f Literature
This is the name of a Parsi Princess in Jules Verne's novel Around The World In Eighty Days.
APOLLA f Literature
Feminine form of Apollo
. It was used in the "Twitches" novel series by H. B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld.
APOLLINUS m Literature
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.
AQUAREINE f Literature
Combination of Latin aqua
meaning "water" and French reine
meaning "queen". This is the name of a mermaid queen in L. Frank Baum's novel ''The Sea Fairies'' (1911).
ARAKÁNO m Literature
Means "high commander" in Quenya. In Tolkien's Legendarium, this is the original name of Argon
, the youngest child of Fingolfin
. He dies shortly after arriving in Middle-earth.
ARATHORN m Literature
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.
ARAVIS f English (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]
AREDHEL f Literature
Means "noble elf" in Sindarin. This was the name of an Elf in Tolkien's book 'The Silmarillion'.
ARENELLE f Literature
The name of a fictional character in The Keepers
book series by Jackie French Koller.
AREÚSA f Theatre, Literature
Perhaps a feminine form of Areus
. This is the name of one of the characters in the play 'La Celestina' (1499) by Mariano de Rojas.
ARKARIAN m Literature
The name of a character in the Guardians of Time
book series by Marianne Curly.
ARMULYN m Literature
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. Mullins sounds like Armulyn).
ARTESIA f Theatre, 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]
ARTHAM m Literature
Variant of Arthur
, used in Andrew Peterson's Wingfeather Saga. The character was inspired by the author's brother, Arthur.
ARVIRARGUS m Ancient 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]
ASPHODEL f Literature
From the name of the flower. Tolkien used this name on one of his characters in The Lord of the Rings
ASSOL f Russian, 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]
ASTARAEL f Literature
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.
ASTERIX m Literature, 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]
ASTERY f Literature
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.
ASTOLFO m Italian, 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]
ATALA f Literature
The titular heroine of François-René de Chateaubriand's novella, 'Atala' and a character in 'The Hunger Games' series.
ATHENODORA f Ancient 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).
ATRÉJU m Literature
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.
ATREYU m Literature (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]
AUFIDIUS m Ancient 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
AULË m Literature
Means "invention" in Quenya. Aulë is the Vala who created the dwarves in 'The Silmarillion' by J.R.R. Tolkien.
AURIAN f Literature
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."
AVIENDHA f Literature
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.
AVONLEA f English, 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).
AWASIN m Literature
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]
AZAZELLO m Literature
Variant of Azazel
used by the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov in his novel 'The Master and Margarita' (1967), where it belongs to a demon.
AZIRAPHALE m Literature
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.
AZIYADÉ f Literature
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.
BABIOLE f Literature
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.
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'.
BAGHEERA m Literature
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.
BAGUNGUS m Arthurian 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
BAIN m Literature, 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).
BALANICE f Literature
Meaning unknown. This name appears in the French fairy tale "Rosanella", where it belongs to the queen who is the title character's mother.
BARAHIR m Literature
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
BARD m Literature
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]
BARTLEBY m Literature
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
BEAFLURS f Arthurian 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]
BEETEE m Literature
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.
BEEZUS f Literature
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.
BEIRA f Literature, Celtic Mythology
Anglicized form of Bheur
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]
BELACQUA m Literature
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]
BELCOLORE f Medieval Italian, Literature
Combination of Italian bel
"beautiful" and colore
"colour". The Italian novelist Boccaccio used this name in his work 'The Decameron' (1350).
BELGAER f & m Literature
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.
BELGARATH m Literature
Belgarath is used in David Edding's book series, the Belgariad. He is the old sorcerer that helps Garion.
BELLADONNA f Literature, 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.
BELLANGERE m Arthurian Romance
Alteration of Berengar
, possibly influenced by French bel
meaning "fine, beautiful, great" and anger
"anger" (thus "righteous anger"). This was the name of a Knight of the Round Table in Thomas Malory's 15th-century compilation of Arthurian legends 'Le Morte d'Arthur', in which Bellangere avenges the deaths of his father and grandfather by killing King Mark of Cornwall.
BELLARIA f Literature
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'.
BELVINA f Literature
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]
BENSIABEL m Literature
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.
BEORN m Literature, 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
BEREN m Literature
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
, 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
BERIC m English (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.
BERINTHIA f Theatre, 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.
BETSINDA f Literature
Apparently a pseudo-Italian elaboration of Betsy
based on similar-sounding names such as Belinda
; 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.
BEVEL m Literature
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."
BIANCABELLA f Literature
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.
BIJAN m Persian, 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.
BILBI f Literature
Hebrew transcription of Pippi
, used in the Hebrew translation of 'The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking'.
BIRK m Swedish, 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'.
BLACKAVAR m Literature
A rabbit who escaped from a warren called Efrafa in the book Watership Down by Richard Adams.
BLANCHEFLEUR f Medieval French, Literature
Meaning "white flower" from the French elements blanche
. 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
BLIGHT m Literature
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
, a skin condition, or from Old Norse blikna
, meaning "to become pale".
BLONDINE f Literature
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]
BÖ f Literature
‘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]
BORKA m Literature, 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.
BOROMIR m Literature
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.
BORS m Arthurian 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.
BRADAMANTE f Literature
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]
BRANDOCH m Literature
Brandoch Daha is a lord in the novel "The Worm Ouroboros" by Eric Rücker Eddison.
BREDON m Literature
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.
BRIAR-ROSE f Literature
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
(referring to the bloom of a wild rose bush, or (allegorically) "a rose among thorns")... [more]
BRISEN f Arthurian 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
BRITOMART f Literature
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
), the Roman god of war.
BROM m Literature
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]
BRONN m Literature, 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]
BRUNOR m Arthurian 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.
BUTTERCUP f Literature
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).
CADIGA f Arabic (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.
CADOR m Arthurian 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]
CAÏSSA f Literature
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.
CALAFIA f Literature, 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
CALCIFER m Literature
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]
CALIDORE m Literature
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
CALIGORANTE m Literature
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").
CALMANA f Judeo-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]
CALWYN f Literature, English
Possibly created by combining prefix kal
with the wyn
derived from Welsh gwyn meaning "blessed, white, fair".... [more]
CAMION f Literature
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]
CAMPION m English (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]
CANNETELLA f Literature
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.
CAPITOLA f English, 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
as well as capitol
CARABOSSE f Literature
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).
CARLOT f Literature
A character in the 1987 science fiction novel The Smoke Ring
by Larry Niven.
CARMILLA f Literature
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
CARRIETTA f English (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]
CASILDA f Spanish, Portuguese (Rare), Literature, Theatre
Meaning uncertain. This is the name of the patron saint of Toledo, Spain. It might be derived from a Germanic name in which the second element is hild
"battle", or it may have an Arabic origin, considering the history (Saint Casilda of Toledo was born a Moorish princess)... [more]
CASINA f Literature
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."
CASTAMIR m Literature
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.
CATTI-BRIE f Popular 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]
CEDRELLA f English (Rare, ?), Literature
Perhaps intended to be a feminine variant of Cedric
. This is the name of a minor character in J. K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series of books; the character is Cedrella Weasley, née Black.
CELAENA f Literature
The American author Sarah J. Maas used this for the central character in her 'Throne of Glass' series of fantasy novels, first released in 2012. She may based it on the Greek mythological name Celaeno
CELEBORN m Literature
Means "tree of silver" in Sindarin, from the elements celeb
"silver" and #orne" "tree". In J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings', Celeborn was the ruler of Lothlórien along with his wife Galadriel.
CELEBRANT m & f Literature
From J.R.R. Tolkien's artificial language known as Quenya . Means, "Silver lode " from the words Celeb
meaning "silver" and rant
meaning "river, lode". The name of the river that runs through Lórien.
CELEBRÍAN f Literature
Means "silver queen" in Sindarin. This was the name of an Elf mentioned in Lord of the Rings. She was the daughter of Galadriel, the wife of Elrond, and the mother of Arwen.
CELEBRIMBOR m Literature
Means "silver fist" in Sindarin. In 'The Lord of the Rings', Celebrimbor was the creator of the Rings of Power.
CÉLIMÈNE f Literature, Theatre, French (Rare)
This name was invented by Molière for his play "The Misanthrope" (17th century). Given that many characters in his play bear names that are obviously of Greek origin (or inspired by the Greek language), the name Célimène must then at least be partly Greek as well... [more]
CERSEI f Literature
This name appears in "A song of ice and fire" by George R.R. Martin. At the beginning, Cersei Lannister is the wife of the king Robert Baratheon.... [more]
CHANI f Literature
From the book Dune. Variant of CHANIA
, in Arabic Bedouin Fremen (fictional civilization descended from Arabic)
CHANTICLEER m Literature
The name of the rooster in 'Chanticleer and the Fox' and 'Reynard,' medieval fables.