Holland

Origin: Dutch, English, Irish Meaning: from Middle Dutch holtland meaning “wooded land” or “wood land”. It’s also derived from an English locational name meaning “ridge land”. I’ve also seen it as being an Anglicized form of Gaelic surname O’hÓileáin from personal name Faolan meaning “wolf”, or the Anglicized form of Ó’hUallacháin meaning “descendent of Uallachán”, the latter meaning…

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)

Ellen

Origin: English, Greek, Dutch Meaning: a medieval form of Helen, probably derived from Greek ‘ελενη (helene) meaning “torch” or “corposant” or possibly related to Greek σεληνη (selene) meaning “moon”. Ellen is also a short form of Dutch Eleonora, a cognate of Eleanor meaning “the other Aenor”. Variants: Helen, Helene, Helena, Hellen, Elena, Eleni, Elene

Zoë

Origin: Greek Ζωη (Greek) Meaning: it means “life” in Greek. Variants: Zoe, Zoey, Zoie, Zoé (French); Zoya (Russian, Ukrainian); Zoja (Macedonian, Polish) This is not a name found in A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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.

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…

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…

Godelieve

Origin: Dutch Meaning: Dutch form of Godeliva, itself a feminine form of Gotelieb meaning “god, dear/beloved” from Germanic elements god “god” and leub “dear, beloved” Lieve is a short form of the name Variants: Godeliva

Edwin

Origin: English Meaning: from Old English ead “wealth, fortune” and wine “friend” meaning “rich friend” Variants: Edwin

Dorothea

Origin: Greek ( Δωροθεα ) Meaning: from Greek doron “gift” and theos “god” meaning “gift of God” Variants: Dorothy, Dora

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.

Jensen

Pinterest Origin: Dutch Meaning: son of Jens Variants: Jenson

Nora

Origin: English, Italian, Irish Meaning: a diminutive/nickname form of names such as Eleanor/Eleanora/Leonora/Leanora ( meaning “the other Aenor”), or Honora (honor)

Milan

Origin: Slavic Милан (Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian) Meaning: from Slavic element milu meaning :gracious, dear”. According to Wikipedia, it also has Indian and Latin origins; in Hindu it’s supposed to mean “eager”, “worthy”, or “competitor”, all coming from an expression meaning “a coming together”. In Latin, it’s supposed to mean “eager and laborious” In Slavic-speaking countries, Milan…

Melissa

Origin: Greek Meaning: bee ( Μελισσα )