Mnemosyne

February 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm (Gods and Goddesses, Greek Names, Mythology Names, Used in Harry Potter)

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek Mythology
Pronunciation: neh mawh-see-nee

means “remembrance” in Greek. In mythology Mnemosyne was the goddess of memory and mother of the 9 muses after sleeping with Zeus 9 consecutive nights.

picture: Mnemosyne by Dante Rossetti

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Everard

February 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm (English Names, German Names, Used in Harry Potter)

Gender: Masculine
Origin: German
Pronunciation: EV-er-hard

An Old German name meaning “brave boar” from the elements eber meaning “wild boar” and hard meaning “brave hardy”. An Old German form of Everett.

Variants:
Everett – English
Everitt – English
Évrard – French
Ebbe – German
Eberhard – German
Evert – German
Eberardo – Spanish

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Errol

February 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm (English Names, Noble Meaning, Used in Harry Potter)

Gender: Male
Origin: English
Pronunciation: ER-el

Surname derived from a Scottish place name. Possibly relating to the word Earl meaning “noble” or possibly related to the Latin errare meaning “to wander” The name was popularized by the actor Errol Flynn.

 

pictured at left Australian actor Errol Flynn(1909-1959).

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Dalma

February 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm (Hungarian names)

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Hungarian
Pronunciation: DAHL-mah

Originated as a male name invented by the Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty. Since the mid 19th century it has been used as a female name in Hungary.

In 2009 Dalma was the 66th most popular name for girls in Hungary.

Pictured on left Noemie Harris as Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest.

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Linnéa

February 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm (Floral Names, Swedish Names)

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Swedish
Pronunciation: lee-nay-ah

From the name of the plant also known as twinflower a flower known for a pair of bell shaped flowers and leafless stem. Linnéa’s was named for Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus.

Linnéa Borealis is the national flower of Sweden.

In 2010 Linnéa ranked #4 in Sweden. The spelling Linnea was unranked in Sweden in 2010, but ranked #8 in 2009, and #7 in Norway.

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Iskra

February 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm (Bulgarian Names, Croatian Names, light meanings, Slavic Names)

Gender: feminine
Origin: Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, Croatian
Pronunciation: is-KRAH

A name from the Russian and Bulgarian word meaning “spark”. It is used as a given name in Bulgaria.

From 1900 to 1905 Iskra was a popular communist newspaper with the likes of Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky on staff.

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Arminius

February 16, 2011 at 8:28 pm (Battle Meanings, German Names)

Gender: Male
Origin: German
Pronunciation: ar-min-EE-us

Latinized Germanic name Possibly originating from the element ermin meaning “whole, universal”
Another possibility is that the name Arminius is a variant of the name Herman which means “army man” derived from the Germanic element hari “army” and man “man”.

Arminius was a chieften of the Cherusci who defeated a Roman army in the Battle of the Teutoburg.

Related Names:
Harmon – Ancient Germanic, English, Scandinavian
Hariman – Ancient German
Hermanus – Ancient Germanic
Harm – Dutch
Mannes – Dutch
Herman – Dutch, English
Hermanni – Finnish
Armand – French
Armin – German
Hermann – German
Armando – Italian, Spanish, Portugese
Ermanno – Italian
Maan – Limburgish
German – Russian

The only feminine form of Arminius is Hermine.

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Volker

February 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm (Battle Meanings, German Names)

Gender: Male
Origin: German
Pronunciation: Fawl-ker

Means “people, army” in German. Derived from folk “people” and heri “army”.

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Damocles

January 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm (Greek Names, Mythology Names, Used in Harry Potter)

Gender: Male

Origin: Greek

Pronunciation: dam-a-KLEEZ

Damocles means literally “fame of the people” in Greek. Derived from the elements demos “the people” and kleos “glory.

In the Greek legend The Sword of Damocles, Damocles is a courtier of King Dionysius who is jealous of the king. Dionysius allows Damocles to be king of Syracuse for a day so long as he remains seated in the king’s throne. However, to illustrate the power of being king Dionysius hangs a sword above the throne held by a single hair, terrified Damocles retreats from the thrown.

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Brian

January 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm (Mythology Names, Unknown origins, Used in Harry Potter)

Gender: Masculine

Origins: unknown

Pronunciation: BRY-ahn

The meaning and origin of  Brian is unknown but possibly derived from the old Celtic element bre meaning “hill” and in . It was borne by semi-mythical Irish king Brian Boru who thwarted the Viking attempts to conquer Ireland in the 11th century.

The name was common in Ireland before and after this time and brought to England by Breton settlers in the middle ages.  It fell out of use but was revived in the 20th century.

Alternate spellings include:
Bryan
Brion
Bryon

Brian is currently ranked 94 in the US charts. It was most popular between 1969 and 1979 when it went back and forth between position 8 and 9.  Brian entered the US charts at 95 in 1949 and has not left the top 100 since.

photo Michael Palin in MontyPythons The Life of Brian.

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