Fairy Tale Hero Names

  1. Bearskin
    • Cinderlad
      • Fundevogel
        • Hans
          • Origin:

            German, Dutch, and Scandinavian, diminutive of Johannes
          • Description:

            Though familiar to all via such childhood icons as Hans Brinker, Hans(el) and Gretel, and Hans Christian Andersen, few Americans have chosen this name for their sons because of its intractably Old Country image.
        • Hansel
          • Origin:

            German diminutive of Hans
          • Meaning:

            "God is gracious"
          • Description:

            Those "Where's Gretel?" jokes will get old pretty fast.
        • Roland
          • Origin:

            German
          • Meaning:

            "famous throughout the land"
          • Description:

            Roland is a chivalrous old name made famous by the supposedly eight-foot-tall romantic hero and nephew of Charlemagne, celebrated in medieval poetry and song. It is more widely heard in the US now in its Spanish form, Rolando. You might want to consider rollicking short form Rollo, either on its own or as an abbreviation of Roland. Orlando is the graceful Italian form.