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Fiona J.

Hello! I'm your friendly neighborhood linguist! I grew up on a small sheep and horse ranch in Montana, but now I'm a city-slicker and a college grad, with a degree in English-Linguistics from the University of Montana. I am the owner and head translator of this website.

Linda in Elvish

Linda, your name is really cool! It’s based on an ancient word meaning “weak, tender, soft.” It wasn’t used on its own until recently, where it was a Germanic nickname for names ending in -linde. But, this isn’t the only source of your name! It’s also a Spanish word meaning

Dennis in Elvish

Dennis, your name is really cool! It’s an ancient Greek name that means “the Zeus of Nysa.” Nysa was a forested land of nymphs where Dionysios was raised. Zeus was his father, which is why he was named after him, much the way that Finwë’s descendants include “Fin” in their

Edward in Elvish

Edward, your name is really cool! It’s an Old English name that means “Wealth Guard.” Sindarin The word for “wealth” is Maelig, but this is connected to the word for “greed, lust” and therefore has a negative connotation.  An alternate way to translate “wealth” is with the word for “treasure,

Joseph in Elvish

Joseph, your name is really cool! It’s an ancient Hebrew name meaning “he adds [to].” Elven languages don’t have sentences in their names. Instead, we’ll take the verb “to add [to]” and use agental suffixes to make it mean “one who adds [to].” Sindarin Sindarin has two verbs that are

Amy in Elvish

Amy, your name is really cool! It’s an old Latin name meaning “beloved.” When it came to French, they made it their own form of passive participle, which is why their version seems so different from its ancestor. Translating this into Elven languages will be fairly straightforward. Elven names are

Emily in Elvish

Emily, your name is really cool! It’s an old Latin family name meaning “rival.” Quenya There’s no direct translation for “rival.” The closest that we have is “enemy,” but that has very dark undertones, not what we want. Instead, let’s use a fan-made word, *Anahta, which means “to oppose.” I

Jeffrey in Elvish

Jeff, your name is really cool! It’s an old Germanic name meaning “Good Peace.” Sindarin In Sindarin the word for “good” is Maer and the word for “peace” is Sîdh. Put these together and you get: Maerhidh or Sidhvaer. The word order is variable, with the first reflecting an old

Julia in Elvish

Julia, your name is really cool! It’s an ancient Roman family name meaning “Descended from Jupiter.” Because it was a family name, Julia and Julius were considered to be the same name, and I’ve included masculine versions. This is a name within a name, so we’ll take three approaches to

Charles in Elvish

Charles, your name is really cool! It’s an old Germanic name meaning “Free Person.” It’s been a popular name for men and women for over a thousand years, basically ever since the Frankish king Charlemagne reigned. I included feminine versions of the name because they’ve developed in fascinating ways right