Monday, March 28, 2011

A Magickal Name for Wendy

A few days ago, Wendy from E-Witch contacted me and asked if I could help her find a magickal name. It's a tough assignment, but here was her criteria. She's drawn to Celtic, Native American, and Greek/Roman traditions. She also likes to work with the Archangels and fairies. Her ancestry is Hungarian Jewish and Norwegian Saami. She loves animals, especially cats. She is into literature, movies, history, and the paranormal. She would also like it to sound like a "real" name, so no Moonfeather here.

I cast a wide net, so I apologize if this list is overwhelming. Of course, I won't be offended if you pick nothing off this list. I'm just here to open your eyes to names you might not have considered before. If you have any other ideas for Wendy, leave it down in the comments!

Cat Names:
Bastet, or Bast: The Ancient Egyptian goddess of cats, sex, music, dance, and joy. Why isn't Bastet used more?
Sanura: Swahili for "kitten-like."
Lynx: I'm seeing this used more and more as a baby name, so why not?

Celtic and Latin Names:
Aoife: The Celtic goddess of protection, knowledge, and teaching.
Belisama: The Celtic goddess of light, fire, and crafts.
Arianrhod: The Celtic goddess of beauty, fertility, and reincarnation.
Cerridwen: The Celtic goddess of death, inspiration, magic, and regeneration.
Coventina: The Celtic goddess of "featherless flying creatures" (bats?), time, life cycles, wishes, and divination.
Rosmerta: The Celtic goddess of healing and communication, also a minor character in the Harry Potter series.
Nemetona: The Celtic goddess of sacred places, circles and groves.
LeFay: The Celtic goddess of the sea, the Isle of Avalon, and healing. Speaking of which...
Avalon: A place name, where Arthurian legend takes place.
Maeve: Meaning "intoxicating." The name of a legendary Irish warrior queen.
Demeter: The Greek goddess of the harvest and fertility.
Fortuna: The Roman goddess of luck. This name's complete profile is coming up in the next month.
Epona: The Celtic/Roman goddess of horses.
Circe: A sorceress in Homer's The Odyssey.

Native American Names:
Onatah: The Iroquois goddess of corn. Full profile coming up next month.
Chula: Choctaw word for "fox."
Walela: Cherokee name meaning "hummingbird."
Isi: Choctaw word for "deer."
Tallulah: Choctaw name meaning "leaping water."

Faery Names:
Elfrieda: An Old German name meaning "elf or magical council," or "elf strength."
Parisa: A Persian name meaning either "fairy-like" or "angelic." Just don't use it if you plan on going to Germany.
Melusine: Meaning unknown. This is the name of a water fairy in European folklore.

Archangel and Jewish Names:
Raphaela or Rafaela: Archangel names are tough. They're all male, and their names range from utterly ordinary (Michael) to totally bonkers (Metatron). But I always had a love for Raphael.
Seraphina, Seraphine, Serafina, or Serafine
Vashti: a Persian name meaning "beautiful." In the Bible, Queen Vashti was banished after disobeying her husband.

Norwegian Names:
Anniken: Norwegian diminutive of Anna.
Benedikte: Norwegian feminine form of Benedict.
Cecilie: Norwegian form of Cecilia.
Eira: Meaning "mercy." Derived from Eir, the Norse goddess of healing and medicine.
Freyja: Old Norse goddess of beauty and love.
Gudrun: Meaning "devine rune."
Kenna: Meaning "to have knowledge."
Nessa: Meaning "headland."
Saga: Meaning "the seeing one."
Valkyrie: In Norse mythology, these were maidens who decided who lived and who died on the battlefield.

Hungarian Names:
Boroka: Meaning "juniper."
Oriana: A name of debated meaning. Possible meanings include "gold," "east," or "sunrise."
Szibilla: Hungarian form of Sybil.
Klotild: Hungarian form of Clotilde, a French name meaning "famous in battle."
Tunder: Meaning "fairy." Created by Hungarian poet Mihaly Vorosmarty.

"Dark" and Supernatural Names:
Ulalume: An Edgar Allen Poe invention, possibly derived from the Latin ululare, meaning "to shriek" or "to wail."
Vaidote, or Vaidota: A Lithuanian name meaning "ghost-like."
Arachne: A name from Greek mythology, meaning "spider."
Desdemona: A Greek name meaning "wretchedness," but it's most prominent namesake in Shakespeare was anything but.


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1 comment:

  1. I love Teigra. It sounds lovely, a bit darkish and dangerous if pet the wrong way ;-)


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