Margiris, Margier

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “forest dweller.”
Lit (mar-GEE-rees); Pol (MAR-gyare).

The name was borne by a medieval Lithuanian prince who was known for his heroic stand off at the Pilenai Fortress against the Teutonic Knights (d. 1336). Rather than be taken hostage, he and his subjects killed themselves and then burnt themselves in the fortress. There is a famous epic Polish poem which chronicles his exploits, entitled Margier it was written in 1855 by Wladyslaw Syrokmla. Seldom heard in Poland today, the name is still fairly common in Lithuania and its designated feast day is July 12.

Boudicca, Boadicea

Gender: Female
Origin: Celtic
Meaning “victorious.”
Pronunciation (BOO-dik-kuh); (Bo-uh-DIH-see-uh)

    The name has taken many transformations and various transcriptions throughout its history. It was first introduced to the world through its famous bearer, Queen Boudicca of the Iceni. Known to the Romans as Boadicea, she and her daughters were flogged and raped after the death of her husband.

    Outraged, Boudicca managed to form her tribe into a rebellion against the Romans, taking down and destroying several settlements in their wake.

    Boudicca’s fame was not popularized in England until well into the Victorian Period, the heroine was considered the personification of British literature, since “the absence of native British literature during the early part of the first millennium means that Britain owes its knowledge of Boudica’s rebellion to the writings of the Romans.”

    It was even said that Boudicca was the namesake of Queen Victoria.

    Boudicca is the original Celtic form, it later evolved into the Welsh Buddug, and was Latinized by Tacitus as Boadicea.

    Possible nickname options for this name are Boo, Bo & Vicky.