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Giant Names, Dwarf Names
Names of giants and dwarves. Names that mean giant or dwarf.
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  • UNISEX:

    1. PALLAS (Παλλάς): Greek unisex name derived from the word pallô, meaning "to brandish a weapon." In mythology, this is the name of many characters in Greek mythology: a son of Evander; a giant son of Uranus and Gaia; a Titan son of Crius and Eurybia; the father of the 50 Pallantids; a daughter of Triton; and it is an epithet of Athena

  • MALE:

    1. ADDANC: In Welsh legend, this is the name of a lake monster that King Arthur (or Percival) killed. It is variously described as a demon, a dwarf, beaver, or crocodile. It was said to prey upon anyone foolish enough to swim in its lake. The location of the lake in which it dwells also varies: Llyn Barfog, Llyn Llion, Llyn yr Afanc. 

    2. ALVÍSS: Old Norse legend name of a dwarf who almost married Thor's daughter Thrud, meaning "all wise."

    3. ANAK (עֲנָק): Hebrew name meaning "collar, neck-chain." In the bible, this is the name of the progenitor of the Anakim/Anakites who were descendants of the giant Nephilim. Also spelled Anaq.

    4. ANAQ (עֲנָק): Variant spelling of Hebrew Anak, meaning "collar, neck-chain." In the bible, this is the name of the progenitor of the Anakim/Anakites who were descendants of the giant Nephilim. 

    5. APEP: Egyptian name, possibly connected to the root pp, meaning "to slither." In mythology, Apep is the personification of evil, seen as a giant snake, serpent or dragon. Known as the Serpent of the Nile or Evil Lizard, he was an enemy of the sun god. 

    6. APOPHIS (Άποφις): Greek form of Egyptian Apep, possibly meaning "to slither."  In mythology, Apep is the personification of evil, seen as a giant snake, serpent or dragon. Known as the Serpent of the Nile or Evil Lizard, he was an enemy of the sun god. 

    7. ARGOS (Άργος): Greek name derived from the word argos, meaning "bright, shining" and "swift." In mythology, this is the name of a giant who had a hundred eyes that were transferred to the peacock's tail after his death. This was also the name of Ulysses' dog who waited ten years for his return from the Trojan War. 

    8. BES: Egyptian myth name of a dwarf god, meaning "brings joy."

    9. BRAN: Welsh name meaning "crow" or "raven." In mythology, this is the name of a giant king of Britain known as Bran the Blessed, who was killed attacking Ireland. Compare with other forms of Bran.
    10. BRÖKK: Old Norse myth name of a dwarf who, along with his brother Eitri, made magical objects for the gods, including the hammer of Thor, probably derived from the Nordic element bróka, meaning "breeches."

    11. CHRYSAOR: Latin form of Greek Khrysaor, meaning "golden sword." In mythology, this is the name of a son of Poseidon and the Gorgon Medusa. He is usually described as a giant, but sometimes as a winged boar, just as his twin brother Pegasus is described as a winged horse.

    12. EITRI: Norse myth name of a dwarf who, along with his brother Brökk, made magical objects for the gods, including the hammer of Thor.

    13. FÁFNIR: Old Norse myth name of a dwarf who transformed into a dragon, the symbol of greed. Also called Fraener.

    14. FRAENER: Old Norse myth name of a dwarf who transformed into a dragon, the symbol of greed. Also called Fáfnir.

    15. GANDALF: Norse name composed of the elements gandr "cane, staff, wand" and álfr "elf," hence "wand elf." In mythology, this is the name of a dwarf.

    16. GIDAL: Variant spelling of Hebrew Gidel, meaning "too great; giant."

    17. GIDEL: Variant spelling of Hebrew Gidel, meaning "too great; giant."

    18. GOG: Anglicized form of Hebrew Gowg, meaning "mountain." In the bible, this is the name of a son of Shemaiah and the name of the prophetic prince of the land of Magog. In British legend, God and Magog are the names of two giant guardians of London. Geoffrey of Monmouth states that Gogmagog was one giant who was slain by the Cornish hero Corin.

    19. GOLIATH: Anglicized form of Hebrew Golyath, meaning "exile." In the bible, this is the name of a Philistine giant slain by David. A shard of pottery unearthed by archaeologists digging at Tell es-Safi, bears two Proto-Semitic names (alwt and wlt) which are etymologically similar to Hebrew Galyat/Golyat/Golyath. The shard dates to around 950 BC, very close to the time when the bible says Goliath lived. 

    20. GOLYATH (גָּלְיַת): Hebrew name meaning "exile." In the bible, this is the name of a Philistine giant slain by David. A shard of pottery unearthed by archaeologists digging at Tell es-Safi, bears two Proto-Semitic names (alwt and wlt) which are etymologically similar to Hebrew Galyat/Golyat/Golyath. The shard dates to around 950 BC, very close to the time when the bible says Goliath lived. 

    21. GRENDEL: This is the name of a monster killed by Beowulf in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, possibly derived from ent or ettin, meaning "scather." He is said to be a descendant of Cain, and has been described as a giant by some, a troll by others. 

    22. HUFFIE: Pet form of English Humphrey, meaning "peaceful giant."

    23. HUMFRIDUS: Variant spelling of Latin Hunfridus, meaning "giant peace." 
    24. HUNFRIDUS: Latin form of Norman Germanic Hunfrid, meaning "giant peace." 
    25. HUMPHREY: English name derived from Norman Germanic Hunfrid, meaning "giant peace." 
    26. HUMPHRY: Variant spelling of English Humphrey, meaning "giant peace." 
    27. HUNFRIÐ: Anglo-Saxon equivalent of Norman Germanic Hunfrid, meaning "giant peace."
    28. HUNFRID: Norman name composed of the Germanic elements huni "giant" and frid "peace," hence "giant peace." 
    29. HUNFRITH: Variant spelling of Anglo-Saxon Hunfrið, meaning "giant peace."
    30. KHRYSAOR (Χρυσάωρ): Greek name meaning "golden sword." In mythology, this is the name of a son of Poseidon and the Gorgon Medusa. He is usually described as a giant, but sometimes as a winged boar, just as his twin brother Pegasus is described as a winged horse.

    31. NAPOLEON: French form of Italian Napoleone, a very rare name borne by a short emperor (5'6"), probably meaning "elf, dwarf, Nibelung (son of the mist)."
    32. NAPOLEONE: Rare Italian name traditionally translated as "lion of Naples" but only because of its association with the name Napoli "Naples" and the word leone "lion." Etymologists now believe the name to be of Germanic origin, probably from elvish Nibelungen "sons of the mist," the name of a race of dwarfs; hence "elf, dwarf, Nibelung (son of the mist)." 
    33. ONFROI: Norman French form of Norman Germanic Hunfrid, meaning "giant peace."

    34. PANOPTES (Πανόπτης): Greek name meaning "all-eyed." In mythology, this is an epithet of the giant Argos.

    35. SHEN (1-, 2-, 3-): Chinese name meaning 1) "cautious" or "deep," 2) "giant clam," or 3) "god, spirit."

    36. SINDRI: Old Norse name, possibly meaning "sparkling." In mythology, this is the name of a hall in the world that is supposed to exist after Ragnarök, having a roof of red gold. The name is also sometimes used as an alternate name for the dwarf Eitri

    37. SVADILFARI: Old Norse name meaning "disaster; ill-fated." In mythology, this was the name of a magical stallion belonging to a frost giant.

    38. TITAN (Τῑτάν): According to Diodorus, the Titans were named after their mother Titaia, meaning "fire; to burn." Hesiod derives the name from titaino, "straining." In Greek mythology, this is the name of a sun god, the brother of Helios, and the name of a race of giants. It is also the name of the largest moon of the planet Saturn.

    39. UMFREDO: Italian form of Latin Humfridus, meaning "giant peace."

    40. WADA: Anglo-Saxon name derived from the Old English word wadan, meaning "to go," in the sense of going forward, proceeding. This is the name of a legendary sea giant.

    41. WADE: Middle English form of Anglo-Saxon Wada (the name of a sea giant), meaning "to go," in the sense of going forward, proceeding. Compare with another form of Wade.
    42. WMFFRE: Welsh form of English Humphrey, meaning "giant peace."
    43. WMFRE: Variant spelling of Welsh Wmffre, meaning "giant peace."
    44. YSBADDADEN: Welsh Arthurian legend name of the giant father of the beautiful Olwen. He was cursed to die if his daughter ever married. He lived in a magic castle that seemed to get farther away the closer one came to it. When Culhwch came to seek Olwen's hand, Ysbaddaden required that he complete a series of nearly impossible tasks before he would grant permission for them to marry. Meaning unknown.

  • FEMALE:

    1. ANGRBOÐA: Old Norse myth name of the giantess mother of Fenrir by Loki, composed of the elements angr- "distress, grief, sorrow, trouble," and boda "to announce, to proclaim," hence "foreboder of trouble." She is also known as "she of Járnvid (Iron-wood)."

    2. SEQUOIA: From the Native American Cherokee name of the giant redwood trees that grow in California. The tree was named after the half-blooded scholar George Gist, inventor of the Cherokee alphabet. The name Sequoia ("pig's foot"), was given to him after a hunting accident disfigured his foot.

    3. GERÐR: Old Norse name probably derived from the word garðr, meaning "enclosure, stronghold." In mythology, this is the name of a frost giantess and wife of Freyr.

    4. GRID: Old Norse myth name of a frost giantess, meaning "peace."

    5. TITAIA: Greek name, said to be cognate with Sanskrit tithá, "fire," from Aryan tith, "to burn." In mythology, this is the name of the mother of the Titans who were named after her; therefore possibly another name for Gaia (Earth). 

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