Adelphe, Adelphos

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “brother.”
Fre (AH-delf)

The name is derived from the Greek, αδελφος (adelphos), meaning “brother.”

The name was mostly notably borne by Adelphe of Metz, a 5th-century Franco-German saint, the 12th bishop of Metz.

Other forms of the name include:

Adelfus (Dutch/German)
Adelphe (French)
Adelphos αδελφος (Greek)
Alfio (Italian)
Adelphus (Late Latin)

In France, the designated name-day is September 11.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/philadelphia
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/namedays/lists/9.php
  3. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adelphe

Bror

Bror_Gender: Masculine
Origin: Swedish/Norwegian
Meaning: “brother.”

The name, which in modern Swedish and Norwegian still means brother, is from an Old Nordic name, Bróðir meaning “brother.” It was originally bestowed on a second son. It was very common in the 19th-century, and is now considered rather dated in Scandinavia. There is a more unusual Latinized Danish form, Broderus. Its designated name-day is October 5. The name was borne by Bror von Blixen-Finecke (b.1886-1946) a key subject in the novel, (written by his wife Karen Von Blixen) Out of Africa. Other forms of the name include the Dutch Broder, German Bruder, the East Frisian Broer; the diminutive is Brörke (Credit goes to Capucine for suggesting the latter four variants).