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Island Names
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  • UNISEX:

    1. ENNIS: Unisex name derived from the name of a town in Ireland, from the word inis, meaning "island." As a personal name it is also spelled Innis

    2. INNIS: Scottish unisex name derived from Gaelic inis, meaning "island."

    3. WHITNEY: English habitational surname transferred to unisex forename use, from the name of various places derived from the Middle English phrase atten whiten ey ("by the white island"), hence "white island."

    4. YNIS WITRIN: Celtic name meaning "isle of glass." This is the name of a teardrop-shaped hill at Glastonbury, Somerset, England. It was given this name because it rose out of the fenland (wetland) like an island. The Tor has been associated with the name Avalon, and identified with King Arthur. Remains of a 5th century fort were found on the Tor, but it was replaced by the medieval St. Michael's church which remained there until 1275. A second church was built on the site in the 1360s which remained until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 at which time the Tor was being used as a place of execution by hanging by the Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey. 

  • MALE:

    1. ADNEY: English name derived from the Old Norman French family name Oudinot, meaning "the noble's island."

    2. ELLERY: From an Old English place name meaning "island of elder trees."

    3. EYSTEINN: Old Norse name composed of the elements ey "island" and steinn "stone," hence "island stone."

    4. EYVINDR: Old Norse name composed of the elements ey "island" and vindr "wind," hence "island wind."

    5. HOLGER: Scandinavian form of Old Norse Holmgeirr, meaning "spear island."

    6. HOLMGER: Old Swedish form of Old Norse Holmgeirr, meaning "spear island."
    7. HÓLMGEIR: Icelandic form of Old Norse Holmgeirr, meaning "spear island."
    8. HOLMGEIRR: Old Norse name composed of the elements holmr "island" and geirr "spear," hence "spear island."
    9. ISLAY: Scottish name derived from the name of the island known as the "Queen of the Hebrides," meaning "island" in Gaelic.
    10. LYLE: Scottish surname transferred to forename use, from the Norman French phrase de l'isle, meaning "from the island."
    11. ØYSTEIN: Norwegian form of Old Norse Eysteinn, meaning "island stone."
    12. ØYVIND: Norwegian form of Old Norse Eyvindr, meaning "island wind."
    13. RAMSAY: Scottish surname transferred to forename use, from a place name composed of the Old English elements hramsa "wild garlic" and eg "island," hence "wild-garlic island."

    14. RAMSEY: Variant spelling of Scottish Ramsay, meaning "wild-garlic island."

    15. RIENCE: In Arthurian legend, this is the name of the king of "many isles." He is best remembered for having trimmed his robe with the beards of eleven kings that he conquered, and for wanting to make Arthur's beard the twelfth; for this reason he is identified with Geoffrey of Monmouth's giant Ritho who had the same modus operandi and who was also killed by Arthur. 

    16. ROD: Short form of English Roderick "famous power" and Rodney "Hroda's fen/island."

    17. RODDY:  Pet form of English Roderick, meaning "famous power," "red king," or "reddish-brown." Also used as a pet form of many other names beginning with Rod-.
    18. RODNEY: English surname transferred to forename use, derived from a place name composed of the Germanic name Hroda and the word eg "fen, island," hence "Hroda's fen/island."

    19. ÙISDEAN: Scottish Gaelic form of Old Norse Eysteinn, meaning "island stone."

  • FEMALE:

    1. AILSA: Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Ealasaid, meaning "God is my oath." The name was derived from Ailsa Craig, the name of an island off Scotland, also known by the Gaelic names Allasa Creag and Creag Ealasaid ("Elisabeth's Rock" or Elspeth's Rock"). The island is known by many other names, including Old Norse Alfsigesey, meaning "Alfsigr's Island." 

    2. AVALON: Arthurian legend name of an island somewhere in the British Isles, where the body of King Arthur is said to be buried, having been brought there by his half-sister Morgan le Fay, and where he is supposed to one day return. The name means "island of apples," from Celtic abal (cf. Welsh afal, Breton and Cornish aval "apple").
    3. AVALONA: Modern English elaborated form of Celtic Avalon, meaning "island of apples."
    4. AVARON (アヴァロン): Japanese form of Celtic Avalon, meaning "island of apples."
    5. AVILON: English variant spelling of Celtic Avalon, meaning "island of apples."
    6. CAPRINA: English name derived from the name of the Italian island of Capri. The Latin name for Capri is Capreæ, meaning "goats." But the Greeks were the first to populate the island. Latin Capreæ may be a derivative of Greek kapros, meaning "wild boar."

    7. ELBA: English name borrowed from the name of an Italian island where Napoleon was exiled, derived from Latin Ilva, from Greek Aethale, meaning "soot, grime."

    8. EYDÍS: Old Norse name composed of the elements ey "island" and dis "goddess," hence "island goddess."

    9. IONA: Scottish name derived from the name of an island in the Hebrides, ultimately from Old Norse ey, meaning "island." Compare with another form of Iona.
    10. ISLA: Feminine form of Scottish Islay, meaning "island."

    11. IZARO: Basque name meaning "island."

    12. LÉONOIS: French name, possibly meaning "lion island." In Arthurian legend, this is the name of the sister of Lynette and wife of Gareth. It is also the name of the birth place of Tristan.

    13. LYONESSE: English form of French Léonois, possibly meaning "lion island." In Arthurian legend, this is the name of the sister of Lynette and wife of Gareth. It is also the name of an island where Tristan was born. "When Lyonesse sank beneath the waves only a man named Trevelyan escaped by riding a white horse." According to Tennyson, Lyonesse w as the site of Arthur's final battle with Mordred. Supposedly, one of the signs of King Arthur's return will be the rising of the sunken island of Lyonesse. 

    14. NONIE: Pet form of Scottish Iona, meaning "island." Compare with another form of Nonie.
    15. RODINA: Scottish feminine form of English Rodney, meaning "Hroda's fen/island."

    16. SHALOTT: This is the name of an island in Tennyson's romantic poem "The Lady of Shalott," concerning Elaine of Astolat, a maiden who falls in love with Lancelot, but dies of grief when he cannot return her love. Shalott is located in a river near Camelot.

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