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10 Best Undiscovered Harry Potter Names

from moviepictures.tk

The names J.K.Rowling used for her main characters are nothing short of wonderful. It goes without saying that she’s the primary reason we’re all realising that the name Hermione rocks. But it’s not just the main characters who received names of interest, there are many other names given to minor characters which are of equal fascination.

A key qualifying factor for the lists was that the name wouldn’t be immediately associated with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as Hermione, Minerva and Neville are. Also, in the spirit of such names, all potential names had to be outside the Top 1000 in England&Wales.

The first five are female names:

1. Summerbee

This is a slighty cheeky state of affairs since Summerbee was the surname of a male character – but I reckon, as a name, Summerbee would work best for females. Whilst I’m usual slightly skeptical of smoosh names, I’ve seen a whole host of them of late which I couldn’t help but love. This one appeals to my inner child and that’s what got it the top spot.

The character was called Felix Summerbee, and he was the inventor of Cheering Charms. My child side is beside itself.

2. Magenta

I used to watch a show called Blue’s Clues as a child, and Blue the dog had a ‘friend’ called Magenta, also a dog. It was only later when I discovered Google did I realise that both dogs are female since I was under the impression that since Blue was, well, blue she was a boy dog and thus the pink dog, Magenta, was a girl dog. Fooled by colours, but that doesn’t stop me loving the name.

The character was called Magenta Comstock, and she was an experimental artist.

3. Indira

The names Indira and Zuleika are two of my favourites from the world of asian names. Zuleika is Persian, possibly meaning brilliant beauty; Indira is from Sanskrit and means beauty. Currently there’s a show on Disney Channel called How To Be Indie featuring a girl named Indira, but nicknamed Indie.

The character Indira Choudry was a Quidditch player for England, not India. She played in the beater position.

4. Musidora

We mentioned Musidora last week, but she’s such a lovely name I couldn’t not mention her in this list. If you missed that post, the name means gift of all muses. There was a French silent film actress who used the stage name Musidora, but was born Jeanne Roques.

The character Musidora Barkwith was a composer noted for her work, entitled Wizarding Suite.

5. Perenelle

If you knew her surname, you’d probably be able to guess she were a Harry Potter character. Perenelle is the wife of Nicolas Flamel, who featured prominently in the first book due to his creation of the Philosopher’s Stone.

As for the name of the character, there’s a similar French name, Pétronille; Eleanor of Aquitaine had a sister named Petronilla and there’s a French Saint named Pétronille. The name Perenelle could also reference the English word perenial, which basically mean continuing without interruption – certainly a strong case given that she and her husband were immortal before they destroyed the stone. In my research I’ve also seen the name given the meaning [little] rock.

And the second set of five are all male names:

1. Boniface

Cornelia Funke caused me to fall in love with the name Prosper after she gave it to one of her main characters in her book The Thief Lord. His little brother was called Boniface and was usually referred to as Bo. Interestingly, their Aunt Esther referred to their names as strange in the book when asked for them, calling her sister the same. The name Boniface comes from Latin and means good fate.

The character was called Brother Boniface and he was the maker of turnip wine.

2. Loxias

Sometime people refer to Robin Hood as Robin of Loxley, referencing his potential backstory as a noble. The names Loxley and Loxias are likely not to be related, but it’s always my first connection when I hear names such as Loxley or even Locklyn. In mythology the name Loxias was given to an epithet of Apollo. His name means the obscure.

The Loxias in the books was a former possessor of the Elder Wand.

 3. Emeric

I have a French friend called Aymeric, and right now the 15th person in line to the Belgian throne is Prince Aymeric, who was born in 2005. He has a twin brother called the rather more familiar name to us Nicolas. Aymeric is a form of the name Emeric, which in turn is the French form of Emmerich.

J.K used the name Emeric for two of her characters. The first was Emeric the Evil, who also possessed the Elder Wand at one point. The second was Emeric Switch who authored A Beginner’s Guide to Transfiguration.

4. Arkie

He rather reminds me of the nation’s sweetheart Alfie and friend Archie. I’ve seen a few sites list this as a female name since it did rank for female in the late 1800s in the US, but the character was male. Arkie Philpott was a wizard on the receiving end of a Probity Probe at Gringotts Bank, following a tightening of security after the return of Lord Voldemort.

5. Cyprian

There was a Bishop of Carthage named Cyprian. The name quite simply means from Cyprus and is still in use this day, just as we call people from London as Londoners and so forth.

The character was called Cyprian Youdle and he was a Quidditch referee noted for being killed during a match.

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Weekend Post: Flora and friends

Silent film actress Musidora, from simondrax.wordpress.com

I used to dislike Flora. I used to dislike Nora. I used to dislike Cora. Now I love all three in a rather unexpected reverse of fortunes for them. I’m not the only one who has had a change of heart, consider these stats from England&Wales:

  2005 2010
Cora #545 #438
Flora #432 #409
Nora #866 #695

The biggest jump is for Nora, who was outside the Top 1000 back in 2000, so she’s certainly enjoying more usage that before. Naturally, therefore, I’ve been taking a look into other names of similar quality – because you can never love two many two-syllable -ora names.

The first one which came to my mind is Sora. I have a few friends who are really into the whole Japanese anime thing, and this name came from one of them who used it recently in a short story she wrote; strictly speaking, the female character was actually called Ano Sora. The name Sora is, as you’ve probably guessed, Japanese and means sky. I really think that Sora is just as pretty as Sky is, so she’s a great choice if Skye’s current ranking of #73 puts you off the name. That said, a key character in the video game Kingdom Hearts is called Sora, who is a teenaged male.

A second Japanese name to consider is Tora, which means tiger. Certainly, at the very least, another great alternative to shorten Victoria to. You can also find use of the name Tora in Scandanavia, as a modern form of Þóra. You may also see Tora written as Thora, both being the modern, female versions of Thor which comes from Old Norse and means thunder.

Rather fittingly for this time of year, Albania gives us Bora which means snow. There is also a masculine name in Turkey of the same spelling which means hurricane instead. The Hungarians also use Bora as a short form of Borbála – their version of Barbara, which has me thinking one could also use Bora as a nickname for Deborah, too.

Next in the alphabet is Dora, with the most famed one being the explorer. There are a couple of names from which Dora could derive, most notably: Dorothy, Isadora and Theodora.

There are a few Dora smoosh names I’d like to take the opportunity to mention. The first is Elladora. Remember how J.K.Rowling managed to single-handedly ignite popularity for several names thanks to her books? Sadly, we’re not talking about the possibility of using either Dumbledore or even Dumbledora, but about Elladora. You may not remember a character given this name, but she gave Elladora as a name to not one of her characters, but three, albeit very minor, characters.

The first is Elladora Black, sister of Phineas Nigellus Black – the most unpopular Headmaster Hogwarts has ever had. The second is Elladora Gruffy, who really had no notable part to play in the books at all. The third and final is a lady called Elladora Ketteridge, who discovered the use of gillyweed.

The best known Dora smoosh J.K. used will probably be Nymphadora, much hated by her bearer: Tonks. Nymphadora comes from Greek and means gift of the nymphs. The inspiration for J.K with this name was likely the be a trio of virgin martyrs venerated by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. As well as Nymphodora, there was also her two sisters: Menodora and Metrodora.

There’s one more Dora smoosh I caught J.K use, and it’s Musidora. She gave it to a minor character who was noted for composing Wizarding Suite. It really says a lot that J.K would take the time to give her minor characters such fascinating names. The French had a popular silent film actress, whose stage name was Musidora (Real name: Jeanne Roques). The name Musidora is infact Greek, and means gift of the muses. There’s a really nice write-up of her over at Bewitching Names.

A Dora smoosh name which J.K didn’t use is Pandora. As well as being the name of a rather expensive jewellery store, Pandora is a famed character from Greek mythology. She was the first mortal woman and Zeus gave her a box/jar, telling her not to open it as it contained all the troubles that mankind now knows. Her curiosity got the better of her and she opened it, unleashing evil spirits into the world. Her name means all gifts.

The name Calidor was used by Spenser in his epic The Faerie Queen, for a male character who was the Knight of Courtesy. The female version is Callidora, and it comes from Greek, meaning gift of beauty.

The final Dora smoosh I’ll mention before stepping aside to other names is Eudora. She’s also from Greek origins (noticing a pattern?) and means good gift.

Aside from all the Dora names, we do then have Zora, who comes from the Slavic regions and means dawn. Aurora also means dawn, but in Latin. She’s three-syllables, not two but Rora is a legit short form if you’re after one.

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