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


Origin: Greek ( ‘Εκτωρ )

Meaning: “holding fast” from Greek εχω (echo) meaning “to hold, to possess”

Hector is a famous figure in the Iliad, the son of King Priam and the brother of Paris. He was one of Troy’s greatest champions against the Greeks and his death by Achilles ultinately spelled the end of Troy.

It’s also the name of King Arthur’s foster father (also known as Ector)

Variants: Hektor


Origin: French, German, English

Meaning: Possibly an Old French form of Germanic Belissendis, possibly composed of elements bili meaning “suitable, proper, fitting, decent, amiable” and swind “strong, brave, powerful”

It could also be another form of Elizabeth meaning “My God is oath” or “My God is abundance”

It could also be related to Belenus, a Celtic god of the sun, whose name means “bright, brilliant”

Bellicent is also used in Alfred Tennyson’s “Idylls of the King” in which Bellicent is the half-sister of Arthur and mother of Gareth, Gawain, Mordred, Gaheris and Agravain

Variants: Belisant, Belsante, Belissant, Belisend, Belisenda



Origin: Germanic

Meaning: derived from Germanic name Wigmar, from elements wig “war, battle” and meri “famous”.

According to Wikipedia, it’s a surname ranging from Portuguese, French and Swedish. It was also the name of a male cousin of Guinevere’s in the Lancelot-Grail cycle. In modern Portugual and Spain, it is used as a feminine name.


Origin: Greek, Latin, Breton, English

Meaning: I’ve seen four different meanings for this name. The first is that it’s a combination of Melissa (meaning bee) and Lora (meaning laurel); or Melinda or Melanie (black, dark)

It could also be a variant of Meliora, from Latin Melior meaning “better” or “honey-maker” from a medieval French corruption of Breton Meler

I’ve also seen several sites list its meaning as “golden apple” and I couldn’t figure out where that meaning came from. The closest I’ve come to it is the Meloi Khryseoi, which translates to the golden sheep. It’s a tale from the legend of Psyche and Eros in which Psyche is tasked by Aphrodite into collecting the golden wool from these violent and vicious sheep aka the Meloi Khryseoi. According to, it translates to both “golden sheep” and “golden apple” since meloi means both apples and sheep in Greek. I’m still not sure how the Melora spelling came into being although it’s Latin spelling is Meli Chrysei so Melora could be an elaboration of Meli. But than it’s meaning wouldn’t be golden apple since the golden part comes from the second elemant chryseoi so technically, the meaning would be “apple” or “sheep”.

Melora is also part of the many Arthurian legends, in which she is the daughter of King Arthur and falls in love with a prince of Thessaly, Orlando, and she goes through a series of difficult tasks to save him when he is kidnapped, succeeds, and the two live happily ever after.



Origin: Celtic, Welsh, French

Meaning: Old French form of Drustan, a diminutive of Drust which means “riot” or “tumult”; also associated with Latin tristis meaning sad

Variants: Tristen, Tristyn, Triston, Tristram, Drystan, Tristão; Tristina (f), Tristine (f), Trista (f)


Origin: Welsh, Irish

Meaning: from Old Welsh name Morcant derived from Welsh mor “sea” and cant “circle” or can “white, bright” meaning “sea circle” or “sea white/bright”.

It’s also a modern form of Morgen most likely based on Irish Muirgen meaning “born of the sea”.

I’ve also seen it listed as “great hundred” from Welsh mawr “great” and cant “hundred”.

In Arthurian Romance, Morgan le Fay is a powerful sorceress, sometimes depicted as the half-sister of Arthur and his most dangerous enemy.

Variants: Morgane, Morgaine, Morgana, Morgen (all feminine); Morcant (male)

Arturo, Arthur

Origin: Spanish, Italian, English

Meaning: debated. It could come from Celtic artos “bear” + rigo. It may also come from the Roman cognomen Artorius although its meaning us unknown, and yet it could also be derived from the Greek Arcturus, meaning “bear guardian”, although that might be a bit of a stretch,

Variants: Artur, Art, Arthur, Artair