Middle Earth Names

  1. Arwen
    • Origin:

      Literature, Sindarin
    • Meaning:

      "noble maiden"
    • Description:

      Arwen is well known as princess of the Elves in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. The author took inspiration from Welsh for many of his character names, and indeed Arwen and its masculine counterpart Arwyn do have a modest history of use as legitimate Welsh names, deriving from the -wyn suffix ("fair, blessed") plus an intensifying prefix.
  2. Beren
    • Elenna
      • Elbereth
        • Eressëa
          • Galadriel
            • Lúthien
              • Melian
                • Míriel
                  • Nessa
                    • Origin:

                      Scandinavian
                    • Meaning:

                      "headlands, promontory"
                    • Description:

                      Like its cousin Tessa, Nessa -- a shortening of Vanessa or Agnes or Anastasia among other possibilities -- is an attractive nickname that can stand on its own.
                  • Nienna
                    • Rohan
                      • Origin:

                        Spelling variation of Rowan or Hindi
                      • Meaning:

                        "sandalwood"
                      • Description:

                        From India, but feels like an Irish surname (and can in fact be a variation of Rowan), so a possible cross-cultural choice.
                    • Varda
                      • Origin:

                        Hebrew
                      • Meaning:

                        "rose, pink"
                      • Description:

                        Commonly heard in Israel, but here it could be an unusual way to honor Grandma Rose.
                    • Yavanna