Snieguolė

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “snowdrop.” literally “little snow”
(snye-GWOH-lay)

The name is derived from the Lithuanian sniegas meaning “snow”/the suffix of uolė is a common Lithuanian feminine suffix denoting smallness.

In Lithuanian, this is also the name for Snow White and it is the name for the snowdrop flower.

Its designated name-day is January 15.

Haik

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Armenian
Meaning: “Armenian.”
Հայկ

Currently the 3rd most popular male name in Armenia (2008), the name is borne in Armenian legend by the founder and patriarch of the Armenian nation.

The name is derived from the nominative plural classical Armenian word, հայ, (hay), meaning, “Armenian.”

The name is borne in Armenian legend by Haik, (or Hayk), son of Moses, a Babylonian prince who fled his homeland along with his royal entourage to what is now Armenia to escape the harsh rule of Bel.

Years later, Haik decides to rebel against the wicked Bel, and he and his warriors defeat him, establishing a kingdom which they called Haykashen.

Melchior

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Debated
Meaning: Debated

The name is of uncertain origin or meaning, but may be related to the Phoenician deity name, Melqart, which means “king city” or possibly even to the Hebrew components, malki (my king) and or (light), which would roughly translate as “my king is light.”

According to Christian lore, it is the name of one of the Three Wise Men (Magi) who visited Christ.

Its designated name-day is January 6th.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Meltxor (Basque)
  • Melcion/Melcior (Catalan)
  • Melchioru (Corsican)
  • Melkior (Croatian/Serbian/Slovene)
  • Melker (Danish/Norwegian/Swedish: currently very popular in Sweden, in 2007, it was the 54th most popular male name in Sweden)
  • Melchior (English/French/German/Polish/Slovak)
  • Malchior (German/Polish: older forms)
  • Marchal/Melcher (German: archaic)
  • Melchiorre (Italian)
  • Melchioras/Melkijoras (Lithuanian)
  • Merkelis (Lithuanian)
  • Melkjor (Maltese)
  • Marchion (Occitanian)
  • Melhior (Polish: very obscure)
  • Belchior (Portuguese)
  • Melkhior (Russian)
  • Melichar (Slovak)
  • Melchor (Spanish/Galician)

an obscure feminine form is Melchiora.

Mieszko

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Polish
Meaning: debated
(MYESH-ko)

The name is often believed to be a contraction of the Slavic, Mieczysław, but other sources tend to disagree and claim that it may be related to an archaic Polish source, being a derivative of mieżka which means “blind”, related to the Polish verb mżeć meaning “to keep one’s eyes closed” or meaning “to be blind.”

The name was borne by a legendary Polish king, Mieszko I (920-942), he is credited as being the first historical ruler of Poland and is also considered the creator of the Polish State.

His adoption of Christianity in 966 is also considered the date when Poland officially became a Christian nation.

The name was borne by several other Polish kings, particularly ones from the Piast Dynesty.

In Poland, its designated name-day is January 1.

Another masculine form is Mieszka.

Other forms of the name:

  • Mješko (Croatian)
  • Měšek (Czech)
  • Mesco (Latinized version: archaic)
  • Mieško (Lithuanian)
  • Meško (Slovak)

Gyöngyi, Gyöngyvér

Gyongyiver by Sandor Nagy

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Hungarian
Meaning: “pearl.”
(JUN-jee) pronunciation can be heard here: http://www.forvo.com/search/Gyöngyi/

The name comes directly from the Hungarian word for pearl. Its designated name-day in Hungary is October 23. However, the pearl is the birthstone of June. Another name-day in Hungary is May 14.  There is also an older form of the name Gyöngyvér (JUN-jee-VARE), which is an old poetic word for pearl. According to Hungarian legend, Gyöngyvér was the wife of Buda (the brother of Attila the Hun).

Peik

lawson_peikGender: Masculine
Origin: Swedish/Finnish/Frisian
Meaning: debated
(PAKE) or (listen to the first syllable of peikko here http://www.forvo.com/word/peikko/)

The name is prevalent in Finland, particularly among Swedish speakers. It is believed to be either from the Finnish word poika meaning “boy” or the Finnish word peikko meaning “troll.” In Finnish-Swedish folklore, the name figures quite a bit among male characters. It also the name of the title character in the popular Norwegian childrens’ series by Barbra Ring, in which case, it is used as a diminutive form of the double name Pavel Benedict. It is coincidentally a Frisian diminutive form of Paul (Pay). Its designated name-day is October 8.

Krasomila

pysna_princeznaGender: Feminine
Origin: Czech/Slovak, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovenian, Macedonian
Meaning: “lover of beauty.”
(krah-soh-MEE-lah).

The name is composed of the Old Slavonic elements kras meaning “beauty” and mil meaning “love; favour; grace.” In Czech and Slovak, the name is associated with Pysna Princezna a beloved Czechoslovak fairy tale written by Bozena Nemcova, the story was adapted into a classic Czech film in the 1950s. The protagonist princess is named Krasomila. The designated name-day is October 10.

Koknesis

  • Gender: Masculine
  • Origin: Latvian
  • Meaning: “cockney.”
  • (KOKE-neh-sis)

The name is derived from the Latvian word koknejs meaning “cockney.” The name appears in Latvian folklore as well as in a famous Latvian epic by the name of Lacplesis written by Andrejs Pumpurs (1851-1902). Koknesis is the sidekick to the legendary bear-slayer Lacplesis. In Latvia, its designated name day is September 14th. To read more about the story of Lacplesis, go here: http://www.balticsworldwide.com/news/features/bear_slayer.htm The name is not that common in Latvia, there was only one person with the name of Koknesis reported as of 2008.

Enéh, Enikő

  • Gender: Feminine
  • Origin: Hungarian
  • Meaning: “doe.”
  • (EH-nee-Keu) the latter O is akin to the eu in Fleur

Eniko is a popular Hungarian female name said to have been invented by Hungarian poet, Mihaly Vorosmaty basing the name from a much older Hungarian female name, Eneh, which comes from the Hungarian uno meaning “doe, or a young female deer.” In Hungarian folklore, Eneh is the mother of the legendary founders of the Hungarian peoples: Hunor and Magyar. Its designated name day is September 15th. The name is currently borne by Hungarian supermodel Eniko Mihalik (b.1987) pictured above. The name might make for a more exotic and frill free alternative to Annika.

Hunor

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Hungarin
Meaning: “Hun.”
(hoo-NOR)

The name is borne in Hungarian legend by Hunor the twin brother of Magor. According to the tale, Hunor and Magor were the progenitors of the Hungarian people. They were the sons of Nimrod and were born and raised in Scythia. One day, while they were out hunting, the two boys spotted a white stag, they followed the stag across the sea of Azov. They ended up what is now modern day Hungary. There they were welcomed by the local King Dula and were given his daughters in marriage. It is said that Attila the Hun, King Almos and Arpad were their descendents. In Hungary, Hunor’s designated name day is September 10.