The Magical Names of Faeries


New parents spend hours trying to come up with the perfect name for their baby. With faeries, it's different. Their little fairy is often named for the area that they are born in, or a part of the tribe. Names of Faeries are simple and often the meanings have to do with what is expected of baby fairy.

Human names are often found in fairy lore and legend, or, if you prefer, fairy names have made it into the human world. Names like Lily and Rose are common fairy and human names. Let's explore some "fey folk" names and their meanings. We'll start with Celtic Gaelic faeries because they seem to be the most common.

  • Breena: Fairy Land
  • Donella: dark-haired elfin girl
  • Eolande: Violet Flower
  • Raisie: Diminutive of Rose
  • Rhoswen: White Rose
  • Rosina: little rose
  • Shaylee: Fairy princess of the field
  • Siusan: Lily

As you can see, Irish fairies choose flower names for their girls. The boy's names are often warrior type names or have to do with lineage.

  • Elvin: Friend of Elves.
  • Hefeydd: Is a myth name (father of Rhiannon).
  • Kalen, Kailen, Kalan, Kallan, Kheelan, Kellen: Are all warriors.
  • Oren, Orin: Means fairy, pale-skinned or pine tree.

Other fairy names have a decidedly Latin undertone. Like most old English names, they are derived from original language. If you want some really good fairy first names, however, I would recommend taking a peek at the old Elfquest comic books.

Wendy and Richard Pini have been writing and illustrating the Elfquest series for DC comics for over twenty years. The world of the two moons and the wolfriders delight anyone interested in fairies and elves through great illustrations and engaging storylines. If Fairies and elves are your thing, Elfquest has back copies, figures, and a host of other memorabilia available through their website at www.elfquest.com.

You can also find a wonderful "quiz" regarding your knowledge of fairies and elves at www.elfeyes.com. The site is just plain fun for anyone who loves the little folk and is interested in the names of faeries and their origins.