Sorin

Origin: Romanian, French, Jewish, Russian, Japanese

Meaning: possibly from Romanian soare meaning “sun”.

I’ve also seen it as a surname. It could be French in origin, from Old French sor, a diminutive of Sorel, meaning “chestnut”, originally a nickname for someone with reddish hair.

It also has a different etymology, a Jewish surname derived from a metronymic of Yiddish female personal given  name Sore, from Hebrew name Sara meaning “princess”, with the Slavic suffic -in. From what I could find, it seems to be (or used to be) very popular in Russia, especially Belarus.

Sōrin (宗 麟)also seems to be a Japanese masculine given name, such as Ōtomo Sōrin (who also went by other names), who was a daimyo of the Ōtomo clan in the 16th century (1530-1587). I couldn’t find any meaning on his name, though sōrin is also the vertical shaft on top of a Japanese pagoda, usually made out of bronze or stone. It means “alternate rings” with the kanji used (相 輪).

Sorinel is a pet form of the name.

Sorina is the feminine form of the name.

Jocelyn

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: from a Germanic tribal name called Gaut meaning “Goth” with a diminutive suffix so basically meaning “little Goth”. It became Goscelin and Gozelin in Norman French, eventually becoming Jocelin in English.

Jocelyn may also come from Joyce, meaning “lord” or “to rejoice”.

Jocelyn was used as a masculine name before it became more popular for women.

Joss is a diminutive of the name.

Variants: Joselyn, Joslyn, Jocelin, Josceline, Josslyn, Jossline, Jocelyne, Josseline, Josceline

Roland

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: from Germanic elements hrod “fame” and land “land” meaning “famous land”.

Rolande is the French feminine form of the name, while Rolanda is also a feminine form of the name.

Variants: Rolland, Rowalnd, Orlando (Italian), Rolando (Italian, Spanish)

Gabriel

Origin: Hebrew

גַּבְרִיאֵל (Gavri’el) Hebrew

Γαβριηλ (Gabriel) Ancient Greek

Meaning: from Hebrew Gavri’el meaning “God is my strong man”, “strong man of God”, “God is my strength”.

Gabe is a diminutive form of the name.

Gabrielle and Gabriela/Gabriella are feminine forms of the name.

Masculine forms: Gabriele (Italian); Gábor (Hungarian); Gavriil (Russian); Jabril, Jibril (Arabic); Kaapro (Finnish).

Sage

Origin: English, Old French, Latin

Meaning: an English word meaning “wise” or “sagacious”. As an English surname it was used as a nickname for a wise person from Old French sage meaning “learned, sensible”, ultimately from Latin sapiere “to taste, discern”.

It’s also from Latin salvere meaning “to feel well, wealthy”, the name of a genus of plants.

Josephine

Origin: French, English

Meaning: the French feminine form of Joseph from the Hebrew Yosef meaning “He will add” or “God shall add”.

Josephine Anwhistle is one of the guardians of the Baudelaires’ in the 3rd book (The Wide Window), a woman who loves grammar and was absolutely afraid of everything- doorknobs, stoves, and even realtors.

Variants: Joséphine (French); Josephina

Jacques

Origin: French

Meaning: the French form of Jacob and James, both coming from Hebrew Ya’aqov meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”

It’s pronounced ZHAHK.

Jacques Snicket appears in the 7th book of the series (The Vile Village), where he is mistaken for being Count Olaf, was murdered by the real Count Olaf and his murder pinned on the Baudelaire children, making them suspects and causing them to be on the run.

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.