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).

Roksana

Origin: Russian, Polish Роксана (Russian) Meaning: Russian and Polish form of Roxana, ultimately derived from Persian Roshanak meaning “bright” or “dawn”. Variants: Roxana, Roxanna, Roxane, Roxanne, Roshanak

Malina

Origin: Scottish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Romanian, Greek, Inuit Meaning: a diminutive of Scottish Malcolmina, the feminine form of Malcolm meaning “disciple of Saint Columba”. Malina is also a Slavic name meaning “raspberry”. Mălina is also a Romanian name, deriving from the Romanian word mălin meaning “bird cherry tree”. It could also be an…

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…

Iskra

Origin: Slavic Meaning: spark

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.

Helena

Origin: Greek, Latin Meaning: Latin form of Helen, which comes from Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, or possibly related to selene meaning “moon” ‘Ελενη (Greek) Helena has different pronounciations depending on where you’re from. It’s he-LE-nah, hay-LAY-nah or he-le-nah. I prefer the he-le-nah pronounciation.

Joanna

Origin: English, Polish Meaning: feminine form of John meaning “God is gracious” Variants: Joanne, Joannie, Joan

Euphemia

Origin: Greek Meaning: to speak well, or one who speaks well; to use words of good omen  ( Ευφημια ) Greek script Variants: Effie (nickname), Eufemia, Euphemie

Bianca, Bianka

Origin: Italian, German, Hungarian, Polish Meaning: white

Daniella, Daniela

Origin: German, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Romanian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovene, English Meaning: feminine form of Daniel, meaning “God is my judge”

Rupert

Origin: German, Dutch, Polish, English Meaning: German form of Robert, meaning “bright fame”

Albert

Origin: English, French, German, Polish, Dutch Meaning: noble, bright

Augusta

Origin: Roman, German, Polish, Italian, English, Latin Meaning: great or venerable

Kalina

Origin: Bulgarian, Macedonian, Polish Meaning: viburnum tree Калина (Bulgarian and Macedonian)