What's in a Name?

The Watchman
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  WAHRD

Meaning & History
From the occupational surname for a watchman, taken from the Old English weard, meaning "guard."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English (rare)
Pronunciation:  KIM-brǝ 

Meaning & History
Diminutive of Kimberly, which hails from the name of the city of Kimberley in South Africa, so named after Lord Kimberley (1826-1902).

Derived from Kimberley, which ultimately means "Cyneburga's field," "Cynebald's field," or "Cynemær's field."  O_o

Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Literature
Pronunciation:  hal-DEER (English)

Meaning & History
Meaning unknown.  This was the given name of a Silvan Elf in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Haldir was a marchwarden of Lothlórien, who guarded the Northern borders of the forest.  When the Fellowship of the Ring arrived in Lórien, he became their guide to Caras Galadhon.

In the film adaptions, Craig Parker portrayed this character, in a somewhat larger role than told in the books.  Not only did Haldir lead the Fellowship through the forest of Lothlórien, but he also led a company of Elves in the Battle of Helms Deep, and there met his death (unlike the book).

Personally, he is one of my favorite characters -- after Aragorn, of course. =]

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Arabic
Pronunciation:  Possibly ra-wee-YAH, ra-WIE-yah

Meaning & History
Means "storyteller," derived from the Arabic word rawa meaning "to relate."

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  1. I love how you do this, it is so handy for a writer such as myself.

    I personally am always in the need for names that would be commonly used in the medieval times. If you have any of those up your sleeve, I'd love to read about them!

  2. Wonderful! I'll see what I can do =]

  3. I would also love it if you could do some medieval names. I'm writing a medieval story and I am always in need of names. I love rare and creative names.


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