8 Elven Baby Names
Small and mischievous, or magical and hyper-intelligent, elves can be surprisingly rich sources of baby name inspiration. And one of these elf names might just fit your little sprite
Avery landed at #18 for top girl names in 2011 after climbing over 600 spots in the past decade! With an interesting sound that’s still appealing for both genders, Avery means “Ruler of the Elves.” Alternate spellings include Avari, Averie, and Avory.
The protagonist’s name in 2001′s enchanting animated film “Spirited Away”, Sen is a mythical Japanese moniker meaning “Forest Elf.” Also a popular Bengali girl name, Sen is a subtle, yet striking choice that sounds suitably cute for a baby girl, and will be unequivocally elegant when she’s grown.
The feminine form of Alfred, Alfreda‘s unusual, old-fashioned and slightly foreign sound make it a promising, uncommon option for little girls. It shortens to cute nickname Freda, or even Alfre, as per the acclaimed film and stage actress Alfre Woodard. It’s meaning? “Elf Power!” (How cool is that?)
Of Old English origin and popular in the early 20th century, Elvin, which means “Friend of the Elves,” is now fairly rare—fewer than 200 babies in the United States were named Elvin in 2011. Its affable sound and meaning, however, make it a strong boy’s name pick. Elvie is a sweet nickname option.
A girl name meaning “Elf Friend,” Alvina—also spelled Alveena—is delicate and unusual with a definitively feminine sound. Although it neatly shortens to the recognizable nicknames Alli and Al, we think Alvi is extra charming.
The king of the fairies in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, as well as in classic German and French folk tales, Oberon—which means “Noble”—is nonetheless a strong, masculine boy name. Its literary cred, rarity and emphasized long O-sound position the moniker for rediscovery among the hipster parent set, but it’s unlikely to ever become overused.
Meaning “Elf Army” or “Olive Tree,” Oliver ranks at #1 in England, #2 in Norway, and #78 in the United States (having entered the top 100 here in only 2009). The name has serious literary and historical chops: Oliver Twist, Oliver Cromwell, and—more recently—a Harry Potter character by the same name, have all lent the moniker additional acclaim. Oliver sounds cute and current and shortens to cute nickname Ollie.
Alfred, at #917 in 2011, has held its own in the top 1,000 boy names for the past decade. Meaning “Elf, or Magical Counsel,” its dignified, yet approachable sound, and cute nickname options—Alf, Alfie, or even Fred—give this Old English name newly-cool-again appeal.
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