Everina

Origin: English, Old Norse

Meaning: I couldn’t find much information on this name but the closest I could come up with is that the first part of the name, Ever, most likely comes from Old English eofor meaning “boar”, so Everina is likely an elaborate form of that.

Everina could also be a variant form of Everine, a Nordic name which also ultimately comes from an Old Norse element meaning “boar”.

Of course, in modern times, Everina could also be an elaborate form of the English word ever meaning “at all times; always”; “continuously”; “at any time”.

Variants: Everine

*Interesting fact: Mary Wallstonecraft, who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) had a sister named Everina.

Freyr

Origin: Old Norse

Meaning: lord

In Norse mythology, Freyr is the Norse god of fertility and the weather, and the husband of Gerd, a frost giantess, for whom he gave up a magical sword just to be with her though, without it, he will be killed during Ragnorak.

Freyr is also the twin brother of Freya, another Norse goddess.

Freya is the feminine form of the name, meaning “lady”.

Variants: Frey

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 who nursed him as a baby, along with another nymph, Adrasteia. The Greek meaning is unknown though I have seen it possibly coming from Greek idê and ida meaning “woodland”.

I’ve also seen Ida listed as being a variant of Iðunn, an Old Norse goddess from Old Norse  (again) and unna (to love).

It also seems to be an Anglicization of Irish Íde possibly meaning “thirst”.

Ida is also a name found in Hindu myth, a variant of Ila, a god or goddess who seemed to change gender frequently.

Ida is also a Japanese surname though I couldn’t find any meaning on it.

Sandy

Origin: English

Meaning: a short form of Alexander, Alexandra or Sandra all meaning “defending men” or “defender of men”. It’s also an English surname derived from a place name meaning “sandy island” from Old English sand (sand) + ēg (island).

It could also be from Old Norse elements sand (truth) or sandr (sand).

Sandy is also a color describing a yellowish-red color, as well as a word used to describe something consisting of sand.

Variants: Sandi, Sandee

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.

Ymir

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Origin: Norse

Meaning: debated. The only info I could find on it was that it could possibly mean “twin, hermaphrodite” from Indo-Germanic iemo

In Norse mythology, Ymir was a primordial giant and the grandfather of Odin, Ve, and Vili, who later killed him and used his corpse to create the world- his blood was used to create the seas and lakes, his bones became mountains and boulders and stones; the trees were made from his hair and the clouds from his brains.The maggots from his flesh became dwarves and Ymir’s skull was raised to the sky with a dwarf at each four corners to hold it up; his eyebrows made up Midgard, the realm of man.

Runa

Origin: Old Norse, Japanese

Meaning: feminine form of Rune meaning “secret, lore”, which comes from Old Norse Rúni which comes from Norse element run.

I’ve also found the name listed as a Japanese female name, as well as a Bengali name, though I couldn’t find any meanings for them. The closest I could find a meaning was that maybe it’s a transliteration of Luna (moon) in Japanese since there seems to be some difficulty with the L/R pronouncation- but that’s all purely conjecture on my part.

According to http://nookofnames.com/2011/09/22/incan-inspiration/ , Runa is also a Quechuan word meaning “man, adult, mankind”

Kolfinna

Origin: Ancient Scandinavian, Norse
Meaning: It’s the feminine form of Kolfinnr comprised of kol means black, a synomom for black or dark + finnr which has either the meaning of wanderer or Finn, Lapp or Finn, Sámi

Links:

http://www.nordicnames.de/wiki/Kolfinnr

http://www.behindthename.com/name/kolfinnr/submitted

Sol

Origin: Latin, Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese

Meaning: sun; short form of Solomon being peace

In Roman mythology, Sol is a sun god; it also means sun in Spanish and Portuguese; Sol is also the short of Solomon, meaning peace

Sól is also the Norse goddess of the sun, the equivalent of Sunna, goddess of the sun in Germanic mythology.

Variants: Soleil (French), Sola

Cora

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Origin: Old Greek, Latin, Old Norse, German

Meaning: Based on the Greek Korë, which means maiden, often used to refer to Persephone; it could also come from Latin meaning “little heart”; or could mean ravine in Old Norse

Variants: Korra, Kora

Gender: Female

The name Cora was created by James Fenimore Cooper for his 1826 novel “The Last of the Mohicans”, based on the Greek Korë.

Ralph

Origin: Old Norse, English

Meaning: wolf counselor

Variants: Ralf, Rafe

Gender: Male

Other languages: Radulf Ancient Germanic), Raoul (Italian, French), Raul (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)

Comes from the Old Norse name Radulfr (or Radulf). In the Middle Ages, despite its spelling Ralph, it was often pronounced like Rafe. In the U.S., though, it’s definitely pronounced like Ralf.