Gwendolen

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Welsh
Meaning: “white ring; white moon.”
(GWEN-doh-len)

The name is composed of the Welsh elements, gwen (white; blessed; fair) and dolen (ring; wreath; bow; brow; hair; moon).

The name first appeared in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s 1135 Historia Regum Britanniae in the form of Guendoloena as the name of a Welsh queen. He used the name again in the Vita Merlini in which it is the name of Merlin’s wife.

The name, however, did not come into common usage until the 18th-century.

It is also the name of a heroin in George Eliot’s novel, Daniel Deronda.

As of 2010, its French form of Gwendoline was the 415th most popular female name in France, while Gwendolyn ranks in as the 571st most popular female name in the United States, (2011).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Guendolen (English)
  • Guendoloena (English)
  • Gwendolen (English/Welsh)
  • Gwendolyn (English)
  • Gwendoline (French)
  • Guendalina (Italian)
Common short forms are Gwen, Gwendy and Wendy.

Arjun

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Indian अर्जुन
Meaning: “white; shining; silver.”
(AR-jun)

The name is a modern transcription of the male Indian name, Arjuna अर्जुन, which is derived from the Sanskrit meaning “white; shining; silver.” It is a cognate with the Latin word argentum.

In Hinduism, it was borne by the greatest warrior and archer on earth, the son of the god Indra and the mortal woman Kunti. His story is reminiscent of the Greek legend of Hercules.

Currently, Arjun is the 639th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

Harjuna/Harjuno/Herjuno (Indonesian/Javanese)
Ranjuna (Malay)
Arjuna अर्जुन (Sanskrit)
Aruccunan அருச்சுனன் (Tamil)
Orachun อรชุน (Thai)

Source

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/arjuna

Goulwen

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Breton
Meaning: “holy light or; white light.”

The name is composed by the Breton elements, goulou, meaning “light” and gwen which can either mean “holy” or “white.”

The name was borne by an early Breton saint, a commune in the department of Finistère was named in his honour.

Other forms of the name include:

Goulc’hen (Breton)
Golven (French)
Gonvel (French)
Gonven (French)
Goulien (French)
Goulven (French)
Goven (French)

Feminine forms are:

Goulwena /Goulvena
Goulwenez/Goulvenez

The designated name-day is July 1.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/namedays/lists/7.php
  2. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goulven_(prénom)
  3. http://www.tous-les-prenoms.com/prenoms/garcons/goulwen.html

Taidi

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Estonian
Meaning: “snow white.”
(TYE-dee)

Cutsy and quirky, the name sounds more like a nickname than a full fledged formal name. The name is a legitimate Estonian feminine name, it comes directly from the Estonian word meaning “snow white.” I don’t believe its reference to the fairy tale, its more a descriptive name, describing the fairness of one’s skin. Its designated name day is September 9th.

Bianca, Blanca, Blanche, Branca

Gender: Feminine
Meaning: “white”
Italian (BYAHN-kah) Eng (bee-AHN-kuh); Sp (BLAHN-kah); Fre (BLOWnSH) Eng (BLANCH).

The etymology of the four above names are virtually the same. The original source is the Spanish, Blanca, which was first recorded in the 12th century, as the name of a Spanish princess, the daughter of King Garcia Ramirez of Navarre.

The name comes directly from the Spanish word for “white.”

It is uncertain how it caught on as a name, however, its meaning might have been synonymous with beauty at the time.

Others believe that it may be a direct translation of the Arabic name Elvira, brought to Spain via the Moors and later latinized as Blanca.

It has also been conjectured that it may have started off as a name given to blonde girls.

The name rapidly spread among Western European royalty due to intermarriages and ancestry. It was introduced to the English speaking world after the Norman Conquest of England.

The name was translated as Blanche in French, Bianca in Italian and Branca in Portuguese.

It was borne by Blanche of Champagne (1226-1283); Blanche of Artois (1248-1302); Blanche I of Navarre 1385-1444) and Blanca of Navarre (1420-1464).

Bianca became an exceedingly popular name among the Italian nobility, where it is still very popular till this day.

Blanca and Bianca have spread to Germany and particularly the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia, where they are often rendered phonetically, as Blanka and Bianka.

Currently, Bianca ranked in as the 204th most popular female name in the United States, in Australia, she was the 76th most popular female (2007), and the 9th most popular female name in Romania, (2008). In 2009, Bianka was the 78th most popular female name in Warsaw Poland.

Blanche has not ranked in the U.S. top 1000 since 1964, when it ranked in as the 911th most popular female names, the highest it has ranked in U.S. naming history was at # 51 in 1886. Perhaps its time for a revival?

As for Blanca, she recently fell out of the U.S. top 1000, she was last seen in 2007, where she came in as the 960th most popular female name. In Spain, in 2006, she was the 45th most popular female name. In 2009, Blanka was the 31st most popular female name in Warsaw, Poland.

Other forms of the names include:

  • Zuria (Basque: a direct translation)
  • Blanca (Catalan)
  • Bijanka (Croatian/Serbian: phonetic spellings)
  • Branca (Galician)
  • Bianchina (Italian: originally a diminutive form, occasionally used as an independent given name)

Common Italian compound forms include: Biancaurora, (literally meaning “white dawn”), Biancaluisa, Biancamaria and Biancarosa, (literally meaning “white rose.”).

Italian masculine forms include: Biancardo, Bianchino and Bianco.

Galatea

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “milky white.”
Pronunciation (gah-lah-TAY-ah)

The name is found in Greek mythology. It borne by a wood nymph who lived on the Isle of Sicily; she was pursued by the giant, Polyphemos, but rejected his advances and fell in love with a local mortal by the name of Acis. In his jealousy, Polyphemos bashed Acis’ skull with a rock. Grief-stricken, Galatea transformed Acis into a stream.

Another Galatea was the object of Pygmalion’s affection. He carved a beautiful statue and fell in love with it, after praying to Aphrodite, the statue came to life and was named Galatea, due to the milky white texture of her skin.

Possible nickname options include Gala & Tea.

The name is used in Spanish and Italian.

Other forms include:

  • Galateja (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian)
  • Galateia (Czech/Portuguese/Slovak)
  • Galatée (French)
  • Galatėja (Lithuanian)