Monday, 2 July 2012

Pick and Mix

File:Kneeling knight received a swan-crested helmet.jpg

I would imagine that not every blogger around these parts writes only about names they like. I certainly don't. I pick names that are interesting to me in some way, but they don't always turn out to be names that I am fond of. Something that I have noticed recently, however, is that I tend to lean towards featuring names that begin with my favourite letters, either A or E. This has happened gradually, and, to be honest, I hadn't really been aware of it, but my master lists are looking very out of balance. This annoys my OCD. So I've set out on a mission to fill in the gaps and talk more about names with consonants that I shy away from. The list below is a mixed bag - the majority of the names are medieval, but there are names from all over the place, including France, the Netherlands, Wales and Italy.


Clelia - The Italian form of the Latin Cloelia.  She appears in Roman legend as a hostage who managed to escape and help others by swimming across the river Tiber.

Cyrielle - The French feminine form of Cyril, meaning 'lord'.

Dassella - A medieval Latin name with no known meaning.

Heile - Or Heyle is a pet form of the Old High German name Heilwig. Its meaning is 'happy, hearty, healthy' and 'war'. 

Sanceline - A French name with the possible meaning of 'holy' or 'saintly'. 

Seren - A Welsh name meaning 'star'. Ceren, on the other hand, is a Turkish name meaning 'young gazelle'.

Tiernie - Originally a masculine Irish name, a variant of Tierney, which is the Anglicised version of Tighearnach, meaning 'lord'. Now, however, it has started to be used as a feminine name also.

Thiada - A medieval Dutch name with the possible meaning of 'belonging to our people'.


Deykin - It derives from a medieval Welsh nickname for David, meaning 'beloved'.

Lanzo - An ancient Germanic short form meaning 'land'. It could also mean 'lance'. 

Lieger - A medieval form of the title 'liege'.

Madok - Also spelt Madoc or Madog, it is another Welsh name meaning 'fortunate'. In Welsh legend, Madoc was a prince who discovered America in 1170.

Milon - A rare medieval form of Miles, meaning 'soldier'.

Serell - Also spelt with a second R, it is most recognisable today in the form of the surname Searle, meaning 'protector'.

Sirion - Appears in the Bible as the name of Mount Hermon. It also means 'breastplate'.

Wilkin - Medieval diminutive of William, meaning 'will' and 'helmet'. 

I've used a number of sources to compile the list above, most of them secondary. If you would like to know which ones they are, then please let me know and I'll happily share the links. And lemme tell you, it really wasn't easy keeping those pesky As and Es away. They're so pretty.

Image: Kneeling Knight Receives Swan Helmet from Lady, detail from 'The Romance of Alexander'.