Joyce

Origin: English

Meaning: from medieval masculine name Josse, derived from Iudocus which is the Latinized form of Breton Judoc meaning “lord”. Originally a masculine name, it later became associated with the Middle English word joise meaning “to rejoice”.

Variants: Joisse (u), Josse (m), Jocosa (f)

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 discovers a talent for cooking.

 

Esmé, Esmée

Origin: Old French

Meaning: “esteemed” or “beloved” from Old French Aimé. Apparently, Esmé was first recorded for Esmé Stuart, Duke of Lennox (1542-1583) in Scotland, whose parents’ had French ties.

Esmé Squalor is one of the guardians of the Baudelaire children in Book 6 (The Ersatz Elevator), who turns out to be one of the villains and girlfriend of Count Olaf.

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)

Odyssia

Origin: Greek

Meaning: to hate; to lament, bewail; one who is full of fury; angry man; adventurous journey

Variants: Odessa, Odyssa, Odissa, Odessia

Gender: Female

Odyssia could be derived from the Greek figure Odysseus, which means angry man, full of fury, or all those other less than savory meanings. It could also be taken from the word odyssey, which refers to a long journey full of adventures and hardships.