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Henry in Elvish

Henry, your name is really cool! It’s an old Germanic name meaning “Home King,” and fittingly, it’s been the name of many, many, many kings. And probably a few queens as well, since this name has plenty of feminine versions, like Henrietta and Harriette.

Quenya

The word for “home” in Quenya is “Már.” The words for “king” are “ruler – Tár” and “king – Aran.” Tár can be made specifically masculine by adding -u to it, making Táru, and feminine by adding -i, making “Queen – Tári.”

Put these together and you get this gender neutral name: Martar.

For a specifically masculine name, you’d end up with Martáru and Máraran.

And for a feminine name, you’d get Martári.

This is a fine name for your Elven characters! It’s in the style of an Epesse, a nickname or title given to the person, not a name that they’d choose for themselves or be given by their parents.

Sindarin

The word for “home” in Sindarin is “Bâr.” The words for rulers are “ruler – Taur,” “king – Aran,” and “queen – Bereth.”

Gender neutral name: Barthor.

Masculine name: Bararan.

Feminine name: Barbereth.

This name fits in great in Middle-earth! Again, it’s not the sort of name that be given to your character by their parents, or that they’d choose for themselves, but more like a title given to them by their subjects. This is a fine name for a ruler!

Henry, I hope you found this article fun, interesting, or at least useful.

If you’d like your name translated in this series, comment below and I’ll consider it for a future article!

Sources:

Hanks, Patrick & Hodges, Flavia. A Dictionary of First Names Oxford University Press. 1990. pg 153.

Wiktionary, “Reconstruction:Proto-Germanic/Haimarīks” Last edited: March 2nd, 2021.

4 Comments

  1. Alasdair | | Reply

    Hi could you please do Alasdair/Alexander? Thanks!

    • Fiona J. | | Reply

      Of course! This is a super popular name and well-loved. Perfect for making an article.

  2. Alex | | Reply

    Obviously I think that Alexander is a great idea. Is Alasdair a derivative of Alexander? I have never heard it before.

    • Fiona J. | | Reply

      I agree. I’ll definitely do an article on Alexander!

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