Eglė


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “fir tree.”
(EG-lay)

Eglė is name with very ancient roots, it is derived from the Lithuanian word for the fir tree or spruce.

In Legend, it was borne by a beautiful maiden who made a fateful pact with the king of the sea serpents. She married him and lived happily after, until she betrayed him by visiting her family in the mortal world. In revenge, Eglė’s family murders her husband. Out of grief, Eglė and her children transform themselves into trees.

The famous Lithuanian poetess, Salomėja Nėris, wrote a poem based off the legend, entitled Eglė žalčių karalienė (1940).

The designated name-days are March 3 (Estonia) and April 4 (Lithuania).

Sources

  1. Beresnevičius, Gintaras. “Eglė žalčių karalienė” ir lietuvių teogoninis mitas: religinė istorinė studija. Vilnius, (2003).
  2. Nėris, Salomėja. Eglė žalčių karalienė. Kaunas, (1940)
  3. http://www.behindthename.com/php/find.php?name=egle

3 thoughts on “Eglė

  1. Sorry to make a separate post with another comment but I just remembered what else this reminded me off. It’s of the French name Eglé which I have seen used as a short form of Aglaé which in turn is the French form of Aglaia/Aglaea.

    My first encounter with it was when I read about this drawing. The woman on the left is Aglaé Louise Auguié who was called Eglé and was the wife of one of Napoleon’s marshals. The woman on the right is Hortense de Beaucharnais(the Empress Josephine’s daughter).

    of http://mesnil.saint.denis.free.fr/images/aglae-auguie_hortense.jpg

    It’s interesting how similar names can be when they come from different origins. Your write ups always bring up so many memories of things I’ve read and seen!

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