What's in a Name?

Per request, I have a set of Medieval names for you today.  The following are for feminine characters, mind you.  =]  Next Name post will feature all masculine names!

Thank you to Lady Lauriloth and Lady Aili for requesting!

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Macedonian, Croatian, Slovene, Lithuanian, Russian, German, Medieval Slavic
Pronunciation:  ǝ-LAY-nah (English)

Meaning & History
Cognate (a word of another language, which is derived from the same root), of Helen, the English form of the Greek Helene, meaning "torch" or "corposant;" of possible relation to the Greek selene meaning "moon."  Elena is also a variant Russian transcription of Yelena.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Medieval English
Pronunciation:  jo-COH-sah, jo-CAH-sah

Meaning & History
Medieval variant of Joyce, which comes from the masculine Josse, generally derived from the Breton name Judoc meaning "lord."  The given name Jocosa is influenced by the Latin word iocosus or jocosus meaning "merry, playful."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Croatian, Polish, Medieval Slavic
Pronunciation:  mee-RAH, MIE-rah

Meaning & History
Short form of names containing the Slavic element mir meaning "peace" or "world."

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Medieval English
Pronunciation:  ro-HAY-zhah, ro-HAY-syah

Meaning & History
Latinized form of the medieval name Rohese, from the given name Rose, which was originally a Norman form of a Germanic name composed of the elements hrod "fame" and heid "kind, sort, type."  Introduced to England by the Normans as Roese and Rohese, Rose was (and still is), from an early date, associated with the fragrant flower rose (Latin rosa).

Random girls.  I just like having pictures with the names. =]

Coming next:  Medieval Men

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Name definitions and history via behindthename.com.
Photos via Pinterest.


  1. Ooh, thank you! I love all of these that you chose. Jocosa is especially pretty. I might have to name a character that someday...

  2. I've never heard of some of these, but they're lovely names!

  3. Thanks you for these names! I'm using two of them in my story.

  4. thanks for commenting, ladies!!!

    Aili: you are very welcome! Which two names are you using? =]

  5. I think my favourite name out of the ones you chose is Mira. But they are all pretty! Great post, Sarah.
    Tane ♥


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