Mythology of Names

February 13, 2017

Eric

 

Derives from Old Norse name Eirikr. Ei means “ever, always” and rikr means “ruler”. This

was the name of several kings in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

 

Wilson

 

An old English name meaning “Son of William”. Was exclusively used as a last name

originally but transitioned to becoming a first name.

 

Nina

 

Often considered a play on the Spanish word, nina, which means “little girl”

 

Lucian

 

Romanian and English form of Lucianus. Lucianus of Samosata, who is often called

Lucian in English, was a 2nd century satirist and author.

 

Serena

 

From the Latin name serenus which means, “clear, tranquil, serene”. Also the name of

an obscure early saint.

 

Fay

 

Derived from the Middle English word Faie which means “fairy”. It is often used as a

nickname for “Faith”

 

Faith

 

Derives from the Latin word fidere which means, “to trust”. The word faith is defined as

an “allegiance to duty or a person” or “something that is believed especially with strong

conviction.”

 

Fate

 

Defined as, “the will or principle or determining cause by which things in general are

believed to come to be as they are or events to happen as they do” or “an inevitable and often adverse outcome, condition, or end.”  

 

Deity

 

Defined as, “the rank or essential nature of a god,” “a god or goddess,” and “one exalted

or revered as supremely good or powerful.” Most religions can be considered to have

deities.  

 

Venus

 

 

Venus (also known as Aphrodite in Greek mythology) is the Roman goddess of love,

sex, beauty, fertility, prostitution, and victory. Venus, though the patron of love, had a

loveless marriage herself to Vulcan. Together, they had no children, though she had

other children by other gods. One of which being Mars (Ares), who Vulcan trapped in

bed with his wife with a net. Venus also had several mortal lovers, Anchises and Adonis

primarily.

 

Venus’s counterpart, Aphrodite, was hailed by Ovid as “the epitome of effeminacy and

androgyny.”

 

Rey Rey

 

 

Rey Rey can be interpreted as a play on the word, ray, which means, “any of the lines of

light that appear to radiate from a bright object,” “a beam of radiant energy (such a light)

of a small cross section,” and “light cast by rays.”  

 

It can also be interpreted to be a play upon the Egyptian god, Re (or Ra). Re was the Egyptian Sun God who was the kind of the deities and one of the most widely-worshipped. This is because the sun was considered to be one of the most powerful objects in the world.

 

It was thought that the sun crossing the sky was Re in a boat sailing each day, and each night, Re would leave the sky to continue his travels through the underworld. But Re’s travels were never smooth, because each day he was constantly being attacked by the serpent, Apophis, who wanted to destroy the peace that Re ensured. “The extremely wise and powerful Re always knew what to do to fend off these incursions, and had the might to do so.”

 

 

Loki

 

 

 

Popularized by the Marvel comics and movies following Thor, Loki is the Norse trickster god. He is portrayed to be a scheming character with no true loyalties. As the son of a giant and a goddess, Loki struggled with his heritage and where his allegiances should lie throughout Norse mythology.

 

Loki has the ability to change form, appearance, and sex at will. A popular myth tells the story of his mating with male stallion while disguised as a mare. Though not portrayed as evil, he is often seen insulting the other gods as well as playing tricks on them.

 

Find a picture, gif, or meme that you feel portrays your character and/or the mythology of their name. Submit it to mtrish13@gmail.com, 5 points for each on you submit. 

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