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All About Marillier


Juliet Marillier is a New Zealand born fantasy writer currently residing in Australia. She focuses mainly on historical fantasy, particularly Irish. And because of this the characters in her novels have rich historical appellations.  A few tongue twisters as well if you are not familiar with Irish Gaelic names. There are also a few names from other parts of the world: Romanian, Bulgarian and Scandinavian.


Caitrin -Gaelic form of Kathleen which is derived from Katherine.
The name of a river in Tipperary, Ireland (otherwise known as the river Clody). The origin is unclear.
-Creidhe was the wife of the champion Cael (in The Colloquy of the Ancients, composed c.1175). The meaning in unclear.
-The name of an ancient kingdom in Munster, Ireland. It is derived from Old Irish aile meaning “second, other.”
-Means “circle” or “ring” in Irish. 
-Romanian form of the name Jane meaning “Yahweh is gracious.”
-Means “grey lady” in Irish Gaelic. In an Irish legend Liadan was a poetress who became a nun but she missed her lover so much that she ended up dying of grief. 
-Anglicised form of Mehb meaning “intoxicating.”
-There is hardly any information on this name but it could be a variation of Welsh Neirin “noble.” 
-There are several origins for this name: Short form of Vanessa, Hebrew name meaning “miracle,” and the anglicised form of Irish Neasa.
-Feminine form of Paulus meaning “small” or “humble” in Latin.
-An Irish Gaelic name meaning “excellent.” 
-Irish form of Isabel meaning “my God is an oath.”
-A Gaelic name meaning “radiant.”
Anglicized form of Tuathlaith meaning “princess of the people.”


Anluan -A variant of the Irish name Anlon meaning “great hero/champion.”
Bran -An Irish name meaning “raven.”
Bridei -Derived from Brigid the pagan goddess of fire, healing, arts and midwifery. Bridie is the feminine version.
Cezar -The Romanian form of Caesar possibly meaning “hairy.”
Ciaran -Derived from Irish Ciar meaning “black.”
Cathal -Pronounced Ka Hal and derived from the Gaelic elements “battle” and “rule.”
Darragh -Anglicised form of Daire meaning “fruitful, fertile” in Irish Gaelic.
Eyvind -Modern form of Eyvindr meaning “island” and “victory” or “wind.”
Faolan -A Gaelic name meaning “little wolf.”
Felix -A Roman cognomen meaning “lucky” in Latin.
Flint -From Old English flint meaning “pebble, hard stone.” Flint was used as a nickname for someone as tough as nails.
Red -A nickname given to a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion.
Stoyan -A Bulgarian name meaning “to stand, to stay.”
Thorvald -Variant of Torvald meaning “Thor’s ruler.”


3 comments on “All About Marillier

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  2. Charming Witch
    October 17, 2013

    I remember loving the names of Sorcha’s brothers too. I can’t remember them all of the top of my head but there was Liam, Diarmid, and Padraic.

    • namingthefishes
      November 8, 2013

      I believe it was Liam, Finbar, Padraic, Diarmid, Cormac and Conor. :)

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