Malo

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Breton
Meaning: “pledge of light; light pledge.”
Fre (MAH-loh)

The name is composed of the Breton elements, mac’h (pledge; warrant) and luh (light).

The name was borne by one of the founding saints of Brittany, many legends have been attributed to him over the centuries, but what is known for sure is that he was Welshman who was the favorite desciple of St. Brendan the Navigator. The place of Saint-Malo in France was named for him as was Saint-Maclou.

As of 2010, Malo was the 101st most popular male name in France.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Maloù (Breton)
  • Maclovi (Catalan)
  • Macléo (French)
  • Maclou (French/Picard)
  • Maclov (French)
  • Malo (French/Welsh)
  • Malou (French)
  • Maclovio (Italian)
  • Macuto (Italian)
  • Maclovius (Latin)
  • Machutus (Latin)
  • Mâlo (Norman)
  • Macoult (Poitvin)

Arthur

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Debated
Meaning: Debated
Eng (ARE-ther)

The name is of debated origin and meaning. Several theories have been attributed to the name’s origins, one is that it is derived from an obscure Roman cognomen, Artorius, which is believed to be of Etruscan origins of unknown meaning. Another theory is that it is derived from an ancient Brittonic name, *Arto-rīg-ios , meaning “bear-king.” An even less likely alternative is that it is connected with Welsh Artgwr (bear-man). A newer and yet unlikely suggestion is that it is related to the Greek Arcturus,  that is, the name of the brightest star in the Constellation Boötes, meaning “bear guardian.”

The name was borne by a mythical British king who is the topic of several medieval romances. His existence has never been proven, yet his legacy has left an indelible mark in Western Europe, especially in England and France. The name’s usage among the general populous can be traced all the way Medieval England. It surged in popularity in the 19th-century when English Romanticism had become popular.

As of 2008, Arthur was the 6th most popular male name in Belgium. His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 4 (Brazil, 2010)
  • # 10 (Arturs, Latvia, 2010)
  • # 15 (France, 2009)
  • # 23 (Arttu, Finland, 2010)
  • # 82 (England/Wales, 2010)
  • # 99 (Arturo, Spain, 2010)
  • # 288 (Netherlands, 2010)
  • # 389 (United States, 2010)
  • # 420 (Arturo, United States, 2010)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Artur Артур Արթուր (Albanian/Armenian/Basque/Belarusian/Bosnian/Bulgarian/Catalan/Croatian/Czech/Estonian/Galician/German/Kazakh/Picard/Polish/Portuguese/Romanian/Romansch/Russian/Serbian/Slovak/Slovene/Ukrainian)
  • Dury (Alsatian)
  • Arturu (Asturian/Maltese)
  • Artús (Asturian/Catalan)
  • Artza (Basque)
  • Arzhur (Breton)
  • Artuš (Czech/Slovak)
  • Arthur (Dutch/English/Flemish/French/German/Scandinavian/Welsh)
  • Arto (Finnish)
  • Arttu (Finnish)
  • Artturi (Finnish)
  • Atte (Frisian)
  • Arturo (Galician/Italian/Spanish)
  • Arthoúros Αρθούρος (Greek)
  • Artúr (Hungarian/Icelandic/Irish)
  • Artù (Italian)
  • Arturi ართური (Georgian)
  • Arturs (Latvian)
  • Artūras (Lithuanian)
  • Turu (Maltese)
  • Èrthu (Norman)
  • Artús (Occitanian)
  • Artair (Scottish)
Diminutives include:
  • Arturek (Czech/Polish)
  • Tuur (Dutch)
  • Art (English)
  • Artie (English)

Feminine forms include the Italian: Artura and Arturina

Quentin

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “fifth.”
Eng (KWEN-tin)

The name is an English form of the Latin cognomen, Quintinus meaning “the fifth.”

The name was popularized by a 3rd-century Gaulic saint, missionary and martyr who was beheaded by the Romans in what is now Picardy. He is considered the patron saint of Picardy and as a result, the name has always been common in that particular region of France.

It was introduced into England after the Norman Conquest.

In the United States, the name was brought to spotlight by Theodore Roosevelt’s son, Quentin Roosevelt (1897-1918) who was killed in World War I.

Currently, Quentin is the 35th most popular male name in France, (2009), while its Dutch form of Quinten is the 60th most popular male name in Belgium, (2008) and the 67th most popular in the Netherlands, (2010).

Quentin is the 396th most popular male in the United States, while Quinten is the 884th most popular, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Kindin (Basque)
  • Kentin (Breton)
  • Quintí (Catalan)
  • Quintinu (Corsican)
  • Kvintin Квинтин (Croatian/Russian/Serbian/Slovene/Ukrainian)
  • Quinten (Dutch/English)
  • Quentijn (Dutch)
  • Quintijn (Dutch)
  • Kwinten (Flemish)
  • Quentin (French/English/Picard)
  • Quintin (German/Slovak)
  • Koïntínos Κοϊντίνος (Greek)
  • Quintino (Italian/Portuguese/Spanish)
  • Quintinus (Latin)
  • Kventinas (Lithuanian)
  • Kintin (Picard)
  • Kwintyn (Polish)
  • Caointean (Scottish)
  • Quintín (Spanish)
  • Qvintin (Swedish)
  • Qvintinus (Swedish)

Common diminutive forms include:

  • Quentinek (Czech)
  • Quenty (English/German)
  • Quinn (English/German)
  • Quint (English/German)
  • Quinty (English/German)

Feminine forms include:

  • Quintina (Catalan/Italian/Latin/Portuguese/Spanish)
  • Quentine (French)
  • Quintine (French)
  • Kintine (Picard)
  • Kwintyna (Polish)

Guénolé

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Breton/French
Meaning: “white; brave.”

The name is derived from an ancient Breton source, being composed of the elements uuin meaning “white; pure” and uual, meaning,”brave.”

The name was borne by a legendary Breton saint who was said to have been inspired by a dream he had of St. Patrick to found an abbey in Brittany. His feast and the designated name-day in France is March 3.

Other rare forms include:

  • Gwenole (Breton/Welsh)
  • Winwaloe (Cornish/English)
  • Winwallus/Winwalloeus (Latin)
  • Walloy (Picard)
  • Gwenol (Polish)

Sources

  1. Tous les Saints du calendrier de Jacques Chabannes, Librairie académique Perrin, 1970
  2. http://pagesperso-orange.fr/jean-jacques.lelez/legende.htm