J.R.R. Tolkien had an extreme fascination with etymology and language. It is evident from his creation of the Elvish languages – a set of fictional languages consisting of Quenya, Sindarin , Goldogrin, and Noldorin. Most names for the Middle-earth’s characters come from these languages. Tolkien’s Elvish languages are fictional, but incorporate complex meanings and grammar. For the Elvish names, he took into account an entirely different set of phonetic and cultural values.
If you are selecting an Elvish name for your baby, you may want to pick one that sounds like a standard name and fits into your culture and language. MomJunction has compiled a list of 50 Elvish baby names inspired by Tolkien mythology. These names would fit well as common names. Read on!
Elvish Boy Names:
Aldon in the Quenya language means ‘tree’. We think it will make a distinct alternative to widely used names like Alton or Eldon.
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It comes Sindarin and means ‘noble’ or the ‘respected king.’ In the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series, Aragorn becomes the king of Arnor and Gondor, thus uniting the two kingdoms.
Arod, the name of the horse given by Eomer to Legolas to help him in his journey, could also make a viable pick for you. It means ‘swift’ in Old English.
Balin could be considered a handsome spin on Benjamin. This unique name was used for the Dwarf Lord in ‘The Hobbit.’
If you want a noble name for your child, pick Baron, which means ‘home or house’ in the Sindarin language. Baron also refers to the hereditary title of honor.
Callon is one of the rare and appealing Sindarin names, meaning ‘hero’. Some parents might find it a bit unusual, but some parents might want to choose this name for their sons to make them feel like a ‘hero.’
This Elvish name means ‘shipwright.’ This character built the ships, which carried several important characters from the Middle-earth.
The name means ‘sea-lover’ or someone who is ‘devoted to the sea.’ Earendil is a mariner in the Middle-earth and has several adventures attributed to him.
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Elladan, meaning an ‘elf-man,’ was the son of Elrond of the Middle-earth.
Elladan, meaning an ‘elf-man,’ was the son of Elrond of the Middle-earth.
Elrond is a Tolkien baby boy name that packs a boyish strength. His name means ‘star dome’ or a ‘vault of heaven.’
The character of Faramir is the Prince of Ithilien in ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ The meaning of the name is unknown. However, the character is known for his wisdom and preference to choose justice over power. The character is also considered by Tolkien to resemble him the most.
Gildor was one of the last elves to leave the Middle-earth. He encountered Sam and Frodo in the Shire – a region in the Middle-earth. Gilly can make quite a nickname for a boy with Gildor as his name.
Haldir was one of the Galadhrim, who were the Tree-elves because they resided in the woods. The name comes from Sindarin and means ‘hidden hero.’ It makes quite a name for a young man.
It comes from the Quenya language of the Middle-earth. The name means ‘the wise one,’ and could make a suitable name for smart young boy.
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Legolas was one of the members of the ‘Fellowship of the Ring,’ and one of the key characters of the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series. He is known for his exceptional skill with the bow and arrow. How would Lego sound as the nickname for Legolas?
Lindir is a friendly and sweet name without having the formality of the Tolkien names. This name means ‘fair singer’ in Sindarin.
This moniker comes from the Sindarin language of the Middle-earth and means ‘the warm one.’ It makes a suitable name for a bright and cheerful boy.
The character of Peregrin is one of the members of the ‘Fellowship of the Ring.’ The name is likely based on the English name ‘Peregrine,’ which comes from the Late Latin word ‘Peregrinus’ that means a ‘traveler.’
This was the nickname and even considered the middle name of the character Peregrin Took – Frodo’s friend and one among the ‘Fellowship of the Ring.’ The name ‘Pippin’ is likely inspired from the Old Germanic name ‘Pepin’ that means ‘awe-inspiring.’
The name comes from the Elvish language of Quenya and refers to someone who is big and strong.
Rohan was the name of a kingdom in the Middle-earth. The name comes from Sindarin and means ‘horse country’ or ‘horse kingdom.’ The name ‘Rohan’ is also used in India and means ‘ascent’ or ‘rise’ in Sanskrit.
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Samwise was the name of Frodo’s best friend who helped him throughout his quest. His name symbolizes a loyal and steadfast character. You also get the option of choosing Sam as the nickname.
It is the name of the 17th King of the kingdom of Rohan in the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series. The name comes from the Rohirric language spoken in the kingdom of Rohan of the Middle-earth. ‘Theoden’ refers to a ‘king’ or ‘kingly.’ Aren’t young boys little kings after all?
Voronwe is a cool sounding Elven baby name, meaning ‘steadfast one’ or the ‘constant one.’ It’s the name of the Elf who makes an appearance in the book ‘The Silmarillion’ that was edited and published by J.R.R. Tolkien’s son Christopher Tolkien.
Elvish Girl Names
Aerin is the Middle-earth invention by Tolkien. Regular folks may consider it as a fancy form of Erin, but in Tolkien’s world, the derivation of this name is Elvish and the name likely means ‘ocean.’
This one is inspired by Almarian, the name of the daughter of Veantur, who is one of the many characters created by J.R.R. Tolkien. Her name comes from Quenya and means ‘maiden garlanded with good fortune.’
In the Quenya language, Anna is a gender-neutral name and it means ‘gift.’ The name has featured in a number of literary works as well.
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It is one of the several Middle-earth characters that get a mention in the book ‘The Silmarillion’ and ‘The History of Middle-earth’ written by J.R.R. Tolkien’s son, Christopher Tolkien. The name comes from Quenya and means the ‘noble woman.’
This name sounds classic and trendy at the same time. In Tolkien’s world, Arwen is the name of Elrond’s beautiful daughter. Her name comes from Sindarin and means the ‘noble maiden.’
Calen means the ‘green one’ in the Elvish language of Sindarin. This trendy name has a mystical aura that makes it sound appealing.
Elanor is the daughter of Samwise Gamgee, who is the best friend of Frodo Baggins. The name Elanor comes from Sindarin and means ‘sun star’ or just the ‘sun.’ An ideal name for a bright young girl.
The name is from the Middle-earth character Elbereth Gilthoniel. ‘Elbereth’ comes from Sindarin and means ‘star-queen.’ This Elvish name for a girl can make a stylish alternative to Elizabeth.
It means ‘horse-joy’ in Old English, which is the language Tolkien used as an inspiration to create Rohirric, the Elvish language from the kingdom of Rohan. In the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series, Eowyn is the niece of Theoden, who is the king of the Rohan.
It is a beautiful, gender-neutral name and the childhood name of Aragorn. The name ‘Estel’ means ‘hope’ or ‘trust’ in Sindarin. Some people might mistake the name for Estella, which can give you an excuse to explain the story behind the name.
Freda was the name of the beautiful daughter of Morwen, who was sent on a mission to alert King Theoden about the risk to this kingdom. The name is likely inspired by the German name ‘Frida,’ which means ‘peace’ or ‘tranquility.’
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Galadriel is a powerful Elf and among the famous characters of the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series. The name is from Sindarin and means ‘glittering garland.’ It could also mean someone with a ‘glittering hair’ or a maiden with ‘radiant hair.’
It comes from the name of the character called Lady Haleth. The name has Sindarin origins and means the ‘exalted one’ or the one who enjoys an ‘elevated or noble status.’ Haleth does have a sublime sound to it.
The name is the Sindarin version of the Quenya name Itarilde, which means ‘sparkling brilliance.’ Idril is the only child of King Turgon in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
The short and sweet name means ‘thread’ in the Quenya language. The name is widely used in Europe. You may even consider its variation, the name Leah that has one extra letter but sounds the same.
Lobelia is a Hobbit who is married to the popular Hobbit Bilbo Baggin’s cousin Otho Sackville-Baggins. The name comes from the name of a genus of flowering plants that includes bellflower. Lobelia is known for her bravery and the name makes quite a positive impression.
Luthien Tinuviel is a character that features in ‘The Silmarillion’ – the work of Christopher Tolkien. Luthien’s name is from Sindarin and means ‘daughter of flowers.’
She is a Middle-earth queen and the mother of Luthien. The name Melian comes from Sindarin and means ‘dear gift.’ Melian has a great sound to it and makes a splendid name for a baby girl.
Morwen means ‘dark maiden’ in Sindarin. The meaning of the name is considered to be an epithet to the Middle-earth character’s reserved disposition, which renders an aura of mystery around her. The name is quite suitable for parents looking for an unconventional yet cool-sounding name.
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The name comes from the Elvish language of Quenya and means the ‘youthful one.’ You can use it as a shorter version of Vanessa, but it has the potential to stand strong on its own.
Nienna is a queen of a group of Middle-earth characters called the Valar. The name means ‘tear’ in Quenya. The character is considered to be a symbol of empathy, compassion and hope.
In Tolkien’s Quenya language, Ronda means ‘solid or firm’. Some people may consider it as a fanciful respelling of the name Rhonda.
The name comes from Quenya and means the ‘crowned one.’ The four-lettered name is simple and can also be considered a shorter version of Caterina or Catharina.
It comes from Quenya and refers to someone who is wise, lofty, and holds an elevated position; a wise elite. Tara is quite easy to say and is a common name in parts of Europe and Asia.
Yavanna is the name of the Earth Goddess of the Middle-earth. Her name means ‘giver of fruits’ in Quenya. This fictitious name has a real potential to be a baby girl name, thanks to its sweet sound and meaning.
These names have been picked up from J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ series, and ‘The Silmarillion’ and ‘The History of Middle-earth’ that were written by J.R.R. Tolkien’s son Christopher Tolkien.
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