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Nyd, like it’s antecedant Hægl, Nyd represents a shift in the Runes to darker waters.
Its forms are as follows:
In all, it means “need,” and the runic poems emphasize the dire effects of being in need, coupled with the necessity of hard work — and hope — to overcome it.
In modern interpretation, it can stand as a warning of impending both of hardship and challenges, both physical and psychological needs, and obstacles that must be overcome.
But it also highlights the dichotomy between our desires and expectations and our actual situation. It forces us to assess what we really need, rather than simply desire.
Thus it warns us to focus on what really needs doing, and stop wasting time on the trivialities.
And, above all, it tells us that perseverance is always the key. With perseverance, we can overcome and achieve anything.
What names can reflect all this?
Nyd itself, when you think about it, isn’t a million miles away from Ned, while Naudiz and Nauthr have a certain exotic allure. Not — well, why not?
It’s not as though, as a runic name, it actually means “not,” now, is it?
There’s also the unrelated but very similar-looking Nydia, invented by Edward Bulwar-Lytton for his 1834 novel, Last Days of Pompeii.
As the concept of need and poverty isn’t one which many would feel inclined to choose to dedicate in a name, there aren’t many names which carry that meaning. But names which carry overtones of perseverence, hard work, and dedication, are worth consideration.
Here are some great options:
- Almeric — medieval form of AMALRIC.
- Amal — Old German: “work.”
- Amalia –Old German girl’s name derived from AMAL.
- Amalric — Old German boy’s name. AMAL + ricja “rule,” “ruler.”
- Amalaswintha — Old German girl’s name. AMAL + swinde “strong.”
- Amelia — usual modern form of AMALIA.
- Amélie — French form of Amelia.
- Amery — medieval form of AMALRIC.
- Amory – medieval form of AMALRIC.
- Angen — Welsh: “need,” “necessity.”
- Athelstan — Old English name meaning “noble stone.”
- Behar — Basque: “work.”
- Beharra — Basque: “need,” “necessity”
- Bill — well-known nickname of WILLIAM.
- Billie, Billy — well-known nicknames of WILLIAM and WILHELMINA.
- Constance — traditional girl’s name derived from CONSTANTIA.
- Constantia — feminine form of the Roman cognoman Constantius, from consto “to stand firm”
- Driver — English surname meaning “a driver”; used first of someone who drove cattle, but no reason in a name context not to interpret with the sense of “one who has drive.”
- Dunstan — Old English name meaning “hill-stone.”
- Emmeline — medieval name arising as a pet-form of AMALIA.
- Emerick — medieval form of AMALRIC.
- Emerson — “son of EMERY.”
- Emery — medieval form of AMALRIC.
- Emory — medieval form of AMALRIC.
- Eysteinn — Norse name: “forever stone.”
- Garnet — the stone promotes perseverance.
- George — Greek: “famer”; perhaps the ultimate job across the millennia requiring dediction and discipline to bring plans to fruition.
- Gerek — Turkish: “need,” “necessity.”
- Gwaith — Welsh: “work”
- Ida — medieval name from Old Norse ið “work,” or Old German id “work.”
- Idhunna — Norse Goddess. Old Norse: ið “work” + unna “love.”
- Idonea — medieval name, probably derived from IDHUNNA.
- Idony — medieval form of IDONY.
- Lan — Basque: “work.”
- Liam — Irish short-form of WILLIAM.
- Lutte — French: “struggle.”
- Mason — a job requiring perseverance and skill to produce creative work.
- Mélisande — French variant of MILLICENT.
- Millicent — usual form of AMALASWINTHA since the Middle Ages.
- Millie — popular short-form of MILLICENT.
- Milo — probably arose as short-form of a name beginning with AMAL.
- Mina — short-form of WILHELMINA.
- Naphtali — biblical name. Hebrew: “my struggle.”
- Oluchi — Igbo name: “work of (a) God”
- Práce — Czech: “work.”
- Savaş — Turkish name: “struggle,” “striving.”
- Sisu — Finnish name: “determination”
- Smith — another job which demands dedication to achieve items of both practicality and beauty.
- Stanley — English surname: “stone clearing.”
- Stone — stone encapsulates Nyd possibly best of all; as a symbol of cold and hardness it represents well Nyd’s hardship, but its durability represents perseverance, with which hardship can be overcome.
- Thurstan — Old English name: “Thor’s stone.”
- Töö — Estonian: “work”
- Työ — Finnish: “work”
- Wilbert — Old English name: will “will” + beohrt “bright.”
- Wilhelmina — feminine form of WILLIAM.
- Will — as well as being a major short-form of WILLIAM, Will can be interpreted for exactly what it actually is, the word “will,” i.e. “determination”, the English cognate with the Old German vilja “will” of the name.
- Wilfred — Old English name: will “will” + frið “peace.”
- William — Old German name: will “will” + helm “helmet.”
- Willis — surname derived from WILLIAM.
- Wilma — short-form of WILHELMINA.
- Wilmer — Old English name: will “will” + mær “famous.”
- Wilmot — medieval pet-form of WILLIAM; used in medieval times for boys and girls.
- Wilson — surname: “son of WILL.”
- Winston — surname, deriving in part from the Old English name Wynnstan “joy stone.”
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Following on from my post yesterday about using surnames as first names, I thought I’d take a look at some less used surnames which would make fantastic first names, especially for those with Pagan-leanings. None of them feature in the top 1000 names of the US or UK.
This list, by and large, excludes surnames which are identical to existing first names or ordinary vocabulary words — these all deserves articles to themselves.
And as this is such rich name territory, I plan a whole series of articles on the subject, starting with an A-Z of surnames of Old English, Anglo-French or Norse origin. Today’s are names beginning with A.
- Abra, Abrey — uncertain origin, possibly a variant of Aubrey, or from Alburgh ‘old mound’, or Avebury ‘Afa’s Burgh’.
- Acton — from one of the places of the name. Old English āc ‘oak’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘farmstead’, ‘village’, ‘manor’ and ‘estate’. Acton Bell was the pen-name of Anne Bronte.
- Aldren — Old English alor ‘alder’. Used of someone who lived among alders.
- Allman — from the Old French aleman ‘German’.
- Amberley, Amberly — from Amberley, Sussex and Amberley, Gloucestershire. From the Old English amore, a type of bird, possibly the bunting or yellow hammer + lēah ‘wood’, ‘woodland clearing’, ‘glade’, ‘pasture’ and ‘meadow’.. Amberley in Sussex is known for its medieval castle, now a very exclusive hotel. The American-style spelling Amberly did peek a few twice into the US top 900s between 1985 and 1991.
- Amelot, Amlot — a pet-form of Emmeline, itself from the Old German amal ‘work’.
- Amery, Amory — variant of better-known (and more used) Emery, from the Norman-French name Amalric ‘work-ruler’ (currently rocketing up the charts along with its spin-off Emerson).
- Amiel — a pet-form of Old French ami ‘friend’ or the medieval girl’s name Amia.
- Appleby — from one of the places called Appleby. Old English æppel ‘apple’ + Old Norse bý ‘farmstead’, ‘village’ and ‘settlement’.
- Arlett — from Old English *alrett ‘alder grove’.
- Arley — probably the commonest name on this list; Arley is found dithering as a boy’s name in mostly the 800s and 900s until the 1930s. from one of the places called Arley or Areley, from Old English earn ‘eagle’ + + lēah ‘wood’, ‘woodland clearing’, ‘glade’, ‘pasture’ and ‘meadow’.
- Arundel — partly from Arundel in Sussex (from hārhūne ‘horehound’ + dell ‘valley’), home of Arundel Castle, the principal seat of the Dukes of Norfolk, and partly from the Old French arondel ‘little swallow’.
- Ashberry — from one of the places called Ashbury. Old English æsc ‘ash’ + burh ‘fortified place’ and ‘stronghold’ — a common element in Old English girls’ names.
- Ashby — from various places called Ashby, from the Old English æsc or Old Norse askr both meaning ‘ash tree’ + Old Norse bý ‘farmstead’, ‘village’ and ‘settlement’. Popped into the US top 1000 a few times in the 19th Century.
- Ashwin — from the Old English name Æscwine, from æsc ‘ash’ (used in this context to mean ‘spear’) + wine ‘friend’
- Atherley — for ‘(dweller) at the lea’.
- Atholl — the English Atholls derive from the Middle English for ‘(dweller) at the hollow’.
- Athorn — for ‘(dweller) at the thorn (tree)’.
- Audley — from Audley in Staffordshire. From the Old English girl’s name Aldgyth ‘old-battle’ or ‘old-strife’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘woodland clearing’, ‘glade’, ‘pasture’ and ‘meadow’. It found its way into the top 1000 a handful of times in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
- Avann — ‘(dweller) at the fen’. Old English fenn ‘fen’.
- Aveley, Avely — from Aveley, Essex. From the Old English girl’s name Ælfgyth ‘elf-battle’ or ‘elf-strife’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘woodland clearing’, ‘glade’, ‘pasture’ and ‘meadow’.
- Averley — uncertain; possibly from Aversley Wood, Huntingdonshire. Perhaps Old English eofor ‘boar’ (or a personal name containing the element) + lēah ‘wood’, ‘woodland clearing’, ‘glade’, ‘pasture’ and ‘meadow’.
- Aylen – Old English æðeling ‘noble’ and ‘prince of the royal blood’ (there is evidence that this was used as a personal name too).
- Ayler — Old French aillier ‘garlic-seller’.
- Ayre, Eyre — Old French eir, heir, ultimately from Latin heres ‘heir’.
- Axon — either Old English personal name Acca + son, or from Askin, a surname deriving from a pet form of the Old Norse name Ásketill ‘cauldron of a God’.
- Axton – variant of AXON, or the well known Ashton ‘ash-enclosure’, etc.
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