Zoë

Origin: Greek Ζωη (Greek) Meaning: it means “life” in Greek. Variants: Zoe, Zoey, Zoie, Zoé (French); Zoya (Russian, Ukrainian); Zoja (Macedonian, Polish) This is not a name found in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Advertisements

Yima

Origin: Avestan Meaning: the ancient Avestan form of Persian Jam (a short form of Jamshid), meaning either “twin” or “river”. In all honesty, however, I could find little information about the name’s etymology with the exception of Behind the Name and Wikipedia. Yima is not a name found in A Series of Unfortunate Events– there were…

Xoel

Origin: Galician Meaning: Galician form of Joel, from Hebrew Yo’el meaning “Yahweh is God” I think this name is pronounced zo-el but I’m not too sure on that. This name is not from A Series of Unfortunate Events– there were no X names that I could find so I just picked one.

Winnipeg

Origin: Native American Meaning: from what I could find online, it’s a transcription of Western Cree words win-nipi meaning “muddy/brackish or dirty water”. The name Winnipeg is mentioned in Book 10 (The Slippery Slope) as the surname of one of the children Esmé Squalor plans to steal the fortune of. Winnipeg is also the capital of…

Violet

Origin: English Meaning: from Latin viola meaning “violet” Variants: Violetta, Violette Violet Baudelaire is the oldest sibling and has quite a knack for inventing things.

‘Uzma

Origin: Arabic عظمى (Arabic) Meaning: “supreme, greatest”‘ This name doesn’t feature at all in A Series of Unfortunate Events but I couldn’t find any U names so I decided to pick one and feature it regardless.  

April

Origin: Latin Meaning: originally the second month in the ancient Roman calendar, April comes from the adjective aperire “to open” in reference to when the trees and flowers begin to open up. Aprilia is an elaborate form of the name This isn’t part of the A-Z challenge but I’ve been doing a profile on each month and…

Tatiana

Origin: Latin Meaning: the feminine form of Tatianus, a derivative of Tatius, of unknown meaning. Tatiana is a name mentioned once in Book 4 (The Miserable Mill), as a friend of the author Lemony Snicket. Tanya/Tania is a short form of the name. Variants: Tatyana (Russian); Tatjana (Finnish, German), Tatianna, Tatyanna (English); Tatianus (m); Tatienne…

Sunny

Origin: English Meaning: from an English word, either referring to an abundance of sunlight or referring to someone who is cheerful and joyous. Sunny Baudelaire in the youngest of the siblings, an unusual baby with unusually sharp teeth that have come in handy at times when they needed it. Later on in the series, Sunny…

Remora

Origin: Latin Meaning: from Latin remora meaning “delay”. It’s a genus of fish, also known as suckerfish, because they attach themselves to other fish and boats. The remora actually got their name in the belief that their attaching themselves to the boats slowed them down. Mr. Remora is a teacher in Book 5 (The Austere Academy) who…

Quigley

Origin: Irish Meaning: from an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of O’Coigligh meaning “untidy”, possibly used to describe an untidy person or someone with long, unkempt hair. Variants: O’Quigley, Quickley Quigley Quagmire is the triplet brother of Isadora and Duncan, believed to have perished in the fire that killed their parents, but is actually alive.

Poe

Origin: English Meaning: peacock. A surname that originally derived as a nickname for a vain person. Mr. Poe is a banker and the guardian of the Baudelaire children after the death of their parents, and was a rather bad one at that.

Olaf

Origin: Old Norse Meaning: from Old Norse Áleifr meaning “ancestor’s descendant” or “ancestor’s relics” from Old Norse elements anu (ancestor, father) and leifr (descendant, heir, heritage). Variants: Olav (Norwegian, Danish); Oluf (Danish). Count Olaf is the main antagonist of the series, relentlessly pursuing the Baudelaire children for their fortune.

Nash

Origin: English Meaning: a surname derived from a Middle English phrase atten ash or atte nash meaning “at the ash tree”. Nash is mentioned once in Book 7 (The Vile Village) in conjection with Ogden Nash, an American poet in the real world; the only other N name I could find was Nero, which I’ve already profiled.

Montgomery

Origin: English Meaning: from an English surname meanng “Gumarich’s mountain” in Norman-French. Gumarich comes from German elements guma (man) and ric (power, rule). Variants: Monty and Monte are short forms of the name. Montgomery Montgomery becomes the guardian of the Baudelaires in the 2nd book (The Reptile Room), though he usually went by Monty.

Luciana

Origin: Latin Meaning: a feminine form of Latin Lucianus, from Roman praenomen Lucius meaning “light”. Variants: Luciano (m), Lucianus (m) Luciana is an alias Esmé Squalor uses in the 7th book (The Vile Village). Luciana can be pronounced as loo-CHAH-nah, loo-SYAH-nah, or loo-THYAH-nah.

Larry

  Origin: a diminutive of Laurence/Lawrence from Roman cognomen Laurentius meaning “from Laurentum/ Laurentium”, which most likely comes from laurus “laurel” or lauretum “laurel grove”. Larry appears in the third book in the series (The Wide Window), a minor character who appears as a waiter.

Kit

Origin: English Meaning: a dimunitive of Christopher meaning bearing Christ, or Katherine which has several possible meanings: “pure, chaste” from the Greek katharos; or it could come from hekateros, “each of the two; singly”; or from Greek aikia meaning “torture”. It could also be a Coptic name meaning “my consecration of your name”. Kit is also…

Klaus

Origin: German Meaning: German short form of Nicholas, meaning “victory of the people” Pronounced KLOWS, Klaus Baudelaire is the middle child and only brother. He’s a voracious reader and remembers nearly everything he’s ever read, which has helped him and his sisters out of a few tight spots.

Josephine

Origin: French, English Meaning: the French feminine form of Joseph from the Hebrew Yosef meaning “He will add” or “God shall add”. Josephine Anwhistle is one of the guardians of the Baudelaires’ in the 3rd book (The Wide Window), a woman who loves grammar and was absolutely afraid of everything- doorknobs, stoves, and even realtors. Variants:…