Aras

Origin: Lithuanian, Kurdish, Persian, Greek

Meaning: a Lithuanian masculine name meaning “eagle”.

I’ve also seen it listed as a Kurdish and Persian name meaning “equal” or “balanced”.

Aras is also the name of a Greek figure in Greek mythology, believed to have built an ancient town in Pgilasia, Peloponnese. I couldn’t find any info on the name’s meaning, however.

Beverly

Origin: English

Meaning: a surname that means “beaver stream” from Old English beofer meaning “beaver” and licc meaning “stream”, denoting someone who lived near one.

Beverly was originally used as a masculien name before becoming more popular for women.

Bev and Verlie are diminutives of the name.

Variants: Beverley

Everina

Origin: English, Old Norse

Meaning: I couldn’t find much information on this name but the closest I could come up with is that the first part of the name, Ever, most likely comes from Old English eofor meaning “boar”, so Everina is likely an elaborate form of that.

Everina could also be a variant form of Everine, a Nordic name which also ultimately comes from an Old Norse element meaning “boar”.

Of course, in modern times, Everina could also be an elaborate form of the English word ever meaning “at all times; always”; “continuously”; “at any time”.

Variants: Everine

*Interesting fact: Mary Wallstonecraft, who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) had a sister named Everina.

Merlin

Origin: Welsh, English

Meaning: from Welsh Myrddin meaning “sea fortress”.

Meaning: Merlin is a key figure in the King Arthur romance, a sorcerer who is Arthur’s closest adviser and ally. The name was Latinized into Merlinus by Geoffrey of Monmouth because its regular form, Merdinus, was similar to the Anglo-Norman word merde that meant excrement.

Myrrdin Wyllt is a figure in Medieval Welsh legend, depicted as a madman after a battle in which his lord was killed, who went to live in the forest with the animals and received the gift of prophecy. Interestingly enough, this Myrrdin was the same person Geoffrey of Monmouth took and conflated with his character of Merlin .

Merlis is also the name of a species of falcon.

Variants: Merlin, Merlyn

Peregrine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: from Latin Peregrinus meaning “traveler, stranger” or “pilgrim”, the latter referring to those who went on pilgramages.

Peregrina is the strictly feminine form of the name.

Peregrine is also the name of the Peregrine falcon.

Variants: Peregrinus, Pellegrino (Italian), Peregrin, Peregrina (f)

Lark, Larkspur, & Larkin

Origin: English, Irish

Meaning: Lark is the name of a type of bird, as well as a word meaning “to have fun, to frolic”, “to behave mischievously, to play pranks”, “a source of or a quest for adventure or amusement”.

Lark is also a nickname for a merry, cheerful person, as well as an occupational name for someone who hunted larks and sold them for food.

Larkspur is the more popular name of the genus delphiniums and can symbolize airiness, levity and fickleness in the language of flowers.

Larkin is a medieval diminutive of Laurence meaning “from Laurentum”. It could also be an Anglicized form of Irish Lorcan meaning “little fierce one”.

Pavo

Origin: Croatian, Latin

Meaning: a short form of masculine name Pavao, the Croatian form of Paul meaning “small” or “humble”.

Pavo is also Latin for “peacock”, which is what makes it a unisex name in my opinion. Pavo is also the name of a constellation.

Ovidia

Origin: Latin, Romanian

Meaning: a feminine form of Ovid, the English form of Latin Ovidius either from Latin ovum meaning “egg” or Latin ovis “sheep”.

It’s also a Romanian feminine form of Ovidiu, the Romanian form of Ovid.

I’ve also seen it listed as a Norwegian feminine form of Ove which has several meanings: “inheritance”; “active, at work”.

Variants: Ovidio (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish); Ovidiu (Romanian); Ofydd (Welsh)

Eryx

Origin: Greek

Ερυξ (Greek)

Meaning: I’ve seen two different meanings to this name. According to a user-submitted post in Behind the Name, it’s derived from the Greek verb eruko or eryko meaning “to keep in, to curb, to hold back, to restrain”.

According to another source, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names by K.M. Heard, the name might be derived from Greek ereugomai meaning “to belch out/to disgorge/to blurt out”.

Eryx was the name of an ancient city and mountain in Sicily, now known as Erice.

In Greek mythology, Eryx is either the son of Aphrodite and Poseidon, or Butes (who was with the Argonauts). He was killed by Hercules in a wrestling match.

Variants: Erix could be a variant spelling of the name. Eryxo is a feminine form of the name, as well as Erycina, which was also an epithet of Aphrodite.

Eryx is also the name of a genus of nonvenomous boas in southeast Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and southwest Asia.

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 loved eating bananas, had a tendency of telling tedious stories, and expected his students to remember all the details.