Valyant

Origin: Latin, English Meaning: the medieval spelling of Valiant from Latin meaning “strong, healthy, brave, courageous”. In the Arthurian Romance, Valyant was a king of Wales and a cousin of Lancelot. Variants: Valiant Advertisements

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…

Hector

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…

Bellicent

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…

Guiomar

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.

Melora

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…

Blanche, Blanchefleur

Origin: French, English, Arthurian Romance Meaning: Blanche means “white” while Blanchefleur means “white flower”

Yvain

Origin: Welsh Meaning: a form of Owain, which either the Welsh form of Eugene (well born) or it comes from Welsh eoghunn (youth)

Elaine, Elayne

Origin: English Meaning: form of Helen, meaning either “torch”, “corposant” or even “moon” from the Greek Selene Variants: Elaina, Elayna

Jennifer, Gwenhwyfar, Guinevere

Origin: Welsh, Cornish Meaning: fair, white, smooth Jennifer is the Cornish form of the Welsh Gwenhwyfar; Guinevere is the Norman French form of it. Variants: Jenifer, Gwenhwyfar, Guinevere

Tristan

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)

Enid

Origin: Welsh Meaning: soul or life

Morgan

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…

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

Gareth

Origin: Welsh Meaning: gentle; gentleness Variants: Gahariet (Medieval French) Gender: Male