You’re probably thinking, “What? Male Fantasy Names?” Yes! It’s true. Male fantasy names have been around for centuries and are very popular in literature, TV shows, movies – even video games. In this blog post we will discuss 6 interesting facts about male fantasy names that you never knew.
Fact #01: Male fantasy names are different than female ones. Female fantasy names tend to sound light and feminine, while male fantasies usually have a more hard-core/masculine feel to them.
Fact #02: The trend of using initials for both first and last name started in the 13th century with knights who had their surnames as part of their titles (think Sir John Smith). Today it’s very popular with celebrities like Prince Harry (HRH Prince Henry Charles Albert David) or actors such as Tom Cruise (Thomas Cruise Mapother IV).
Fact #03: Originally, most people assumed that “fantasy” meant “from fairy tales.” But there is an even older meaning – “imaginary character in a drama.”
Fact #04: A lot of people who don’t identify with the gender they were assigned at birth feel strongly about changing their name. In some jurisdictions, this is called “legal sex” or “gender marker change”.
Fact #05: It’s not uncommon for boys to have fantasy names that are traditionally female (like Destiny). This trend has been growing in more recent decades because many parents want their children’s first and last initials to be identical.
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A list of 15 male fantasy names with their meanings.
-Soren: The army wolf, brave and loyal to the end. (Swedish)
-Lamont: One who has a commanding presence or power over others; a leader. (Scottish Gaelic)
-Hannibal: Headed into battle like Hannibal on elephants across the Alps..or maybe just really hungry? (Latinized form of Greek name Hanníbalos meaning “follower”)
-Lucian: Bringing light as opposed to darkness, one who brings enlightenment and knowledge through writing in antiquity especially under Roman rule.(Greek origin from Lúcios means “bright”)
-Sterling: Relating to, or made of silver. (Norman French)
-Ernst: A form of Ernest meaning serious and solemn in character; earnestness.(Germanic origin from Old High German Ernust means “serious”, Latinized form Eranzus means “grieved”.)
Fictional Names for Boys – Jenny’s Fantasy Name Site!
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-Orson: A form of Urson, derived from Germanic ors meaning “male bear” and Latinized as Ursus.
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-In the Harry Potter series, one of vernacular terms for wizards is “muggles.” The term has been adopted by some fans to refer to nonmagic people.
-JK Rowling was inspired to create this word because she and her daughter were watching TV when they came across a commercial for Club Muggle hair products. Her daughter loved the word and kept muttering it over and over again until JK eventually got up from her desk and stumbled onto an explanation behind its origins. She had misheard what seemed like “Muggle” as opposed to “mug,” which is not uncommon with that particular accent on BBC Newsround’s voiceover track.
-“Muggles” became popularized in fandom after Hermione Granger said “Muggles can’t come to Hogwarts, they just don’t have the ability.”
-In popular culture, mugged refers to being robbed or assaulted. The term is used in a variety of phrases such as “a victim of grave robbery,” and also when referring to feeling emotionally drained after an argument with someone: “I got really tired from that workout!” That’s why it makes sense for the word muggle; nonmagical humans would be vulnerable – easy targets!
-One theory about how this phrase became so widespread in fanfiction communities is because many people find themselves drawn towards unusual names based on what their favorite fictional characters are called. It’s easier than thinking up original ones every time you need to create a character.
-Another theory is that when people are naming their young children, they often want to give them names that sound mature and mysterious in order for the child to grow up with an air of mystery about themselves. Giving your son an unusual name like Ragnorak will make him seem more powerful than typical boys his age.
-There’s also some speculation as to whether this trend is related to so many adults living out their own childhood fantasies through fanfiction by using these fictional characters’ names as alternate identities online. Many people who read books or watch movies find themselves identifying closely with certain protagonists and wanting their identity mixed into something else: “I’m Harry Potter.” They’re searching for connection through fantasy worlds because they can’t seem to find it in reality.
-The reason for this trend is most likely because of the strong connection between a name and an individual’s identity, says The New York Times’ Laura Wattenberg who wrote “Baby Name Wizard.” We feel like our names represent us as people, so when we give them out to other characters that means the character becomes part of us too–whether or not they’re based on ourselves.
-We also see more parents naming their children after fictional heroes from books and movies than ever before because many believe these protagonists are role models: they have morals, courage, intelligence and strength; qualities we want our own kids to possess. So if you don’t know what your child wants to be when they grow up, it might not hurt to name them after their favorite character. -Hollywood has also played a role in this trend: women have been playing more and more lead roles in the last few decades which means that kids are seeing female heroes play out on screen–and wanting their own stories too. -A 2010 study by Wattenberg found that middle names for boys had dropped from 18% of all male babies born with two given names down to just 11%. She attributes this change as an extension of the “name game.” With fewer options available for men’s names these days, we’re looking elsewhere for inspiration when naming our children. -The most popular baby boy name is still Michael because people think it