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)

Horus

Origin: Egyptian

Meaning: the Greek form of Egyptian Hrw, reconstructed as Heru or Haru possibly meaning “falcon” or “high” referring to “The distant one” or “One who is high/above”

In Egyptian mythology, Horus was the most important of the gods. Seen as the personal god of the reigning monarch at the time, he was also the god of the sky, light, law and war, as well as war and hunting. Horus was the son of Osiris and Isis, who was conceived after his father’s murder at the hands of Set when Isis managed to retrieve most of the dismembered pieces of her husband, who only stayed alive long enough to conceive a son, who later avenged his father’s death and took back his rightful place on the throne.

Horus is often depicted as having a falcon’s head.