Bay

Origin: English, Germanic, Gaelic/Scottish, Turkish Meaning: from Latin baca meaning “berry”, originally referring to the berries of a bay tree. As a surname it comes from Old English Beaga (m) and Beage (f) which mean “garland”, “crown” and “treasure thing”. Bay is also an English word referring to an area of water bordered by land on three…

August

Origin: Latin Meaning: a form of Augustus, from Latin meaning “great” or “venerable”. It was originally a title given to the first Roman emperor. Gus and Augie are diminutives of the name. Augusta and Augustine are feminine forms of the name, while Auguste is a unisex name (feminine in German, masculine in French) as well…

Wanda

Origin: Slavic Meaning: possibly from a Germanic name meaning “Wend”, referring to a Slavic people living in eastern Germany. Variants: Vanda (Czech, Italian, Portuguese, Slovak); Lawanda (English); Vonda (English).

Manuel

Origin: Spanish, Portuguese, German Meaning: the Spanish, Portuguese and German form of Emmanuel meaning “God is with us”. Manuela is the feminine form of the name. Manny is a common nickname in English; Manolo and Manu are the Spanish diminutives of the name while Nelinho is the Portuguese diminutive. Manu is also the short form…

Avila

Origin: Germanic Meaning: it comes from Germanic element avi of unknown meaning, though possibly meaning “desired”. Aveline, Avelina/Evelina and Evelyn derive from it, as well as Ava. Avila is also the name of a city in Spain, as well as a Spanish and Galician surname. Variants: Aveline, Avelina, Evelina, Evelyn, Avice Avis, Ava

Michaela

Origin: English Meaning: feminine form of Michael which means “who is like God?” Variants: Mikaela, Makayla, McKayla, Mikayla

Godfrey

Origin: Germanic, English Meaning: from Germanic Godafrid meaning “peace of God” from Germanic elements god “god” and frid “peace”.

Ida

Origin: Germanic, Greek, Old Norse, Irish, Hindu, Japanese Meaning: a multicultural name with many meanings, Ida is from the Germanic element id meaning “work, labor”. It’s also a Greek feminine name, the name of a mountain on the island of Crete, the birthplace of the Greek god Zeus, as well as being the name of the nymph…

Emmeline

Origin: Germanic, French Meaning: a French form of Germanic Amelina meaning “work” from the Germanic element amal. Variants: Emmaline, Emmalyn, Emeline

Hans

Origin: German, Dutch, Scandinavian Meaning: the German, Dutch and Scandinavian short form of Johannes, the Latin form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Hansel is another variant of Hans while Hansine is the Danish feminine form of the name.

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)

Saskia

Origin: Germanic Meaning: from Germanic element Sahs meaning “Saxon”, referring to a Germanic tribe. According to Behind the Name, the name comes from a Germanic word meaning “knife”. Variants: Saxa (Ancient Germanic)

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…

William

Origin: Germanic Meaning: from the Germanic name Willahelm, composed of Germanic elements wil “will, desire” and helm “helmet, protection”, essentially meaning “resolute protection”. Wilhelmina and Willa are feminine forms of the name. Will, Willie/Willy, Bill and Billy are diminutive forms of William, as well as Liam. Variants: Wilhelm (German); Willem (Dutch); Guillaume (French)

Tatiana

Origin: Latin Meaning: the feminine form of Tatianus, a derivative of Tatius, of unknown meaning. Tatiana is a name mentioned once in Book 4 (The Miserable Mill), as a friend of the author Lemony Snicket. Tanya/Tania is a short form of the name. Variants: Tatyana (Russian); Tatjana (Finnish, German), Tatianna, Tatyanna (English); Tatianus (m); Tatienne…

Olaf

Origin: Old Norse Meaning: from Old Norse Áleifr meaning “ancestor’s descendant” or “ancestor’s relics” from Old Norse elements anu (ancestor, father) and leifr (descendant, heir, heritage). Variants: Olav (Norwegian, Danish); Oluf (Danish). Count Olaf is the main antagonist of the series, relentlessly pursuing the Baudelaire children for their fortune.

Klaus

Origin: German Meaning: German short form of Nicholas, meaning “victory of the people” Pronounced KLOWS, Klaus Baudelaire is the middle child and only brother. He’s a voracious reader and remembers nearly everything he’s ever read, which has helped him and his sisters out of a few tight spots.

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:…

Hugo

Origin: English Meaning: Latinized form of Hugh meaning “heart, mind, spirit” from Germanic element hug. Hugo is a hunchback working in the carnival in the 9th book (The Carnivorous Carnival).

Georgina

Origin: English Meaning: feminine form of George which comes from Greek georgos (γεωργος) meaning “farmer, earthworker”, from Greek elements ge (γη) “earth” and ergon (εργον) “work”. Georgina Orwell is one of the antagonists in Book 4 (The Miserable Mill), an associate of Count Olaf’s who tries to help him steal the Baudelaire fortune. She meets a particularly gruesome end. Georgina…