Giant Names/Dwarf Names

Argos

Greek myth name of a giant with a hundred eyes, meaning "shining."

Bes

Egyptian myth name of a dwarf god, meaning brings joy

Bran

Welsh myth name of a giant king of Britain who was killed attacking Ireland, meaning raven

Brokk

Norse myth name of a dwarf who, with his brother Eitri, made magical objects for the gods, including the hammer of Thor.

Chrysaor

Greek myth name of a giant son of Poseidon and Medusa, meaning "golden sword."

Eitri

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

Fafnir

Norse myth name of a dwarf who transformed into a dragon, the symbol of greed.

Gandalf

Wand elf Norse myth name of a dwarf, composed of the elements gandr cane, staff, wand and álfr elf

Gerd

Nickname for German Gerhard, meaning "spear brave."

Goliath

Biblical name of the Philistine giant once thought to have been slain by David, meaning exile Recent studies have revealed that David may not have been the one to slay the giant. In 2 Sam 21:19, Elhanan son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite, is given credit for having killed Goliath. This is repeated in 1 Chron 20:5b where Jaare is called Jair. Goliath may have truly existed; 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 the name Goliath. The shard dates to around 950 BC, very close to the time when Goliath was supposed to have lived.

Grendel

Legend name from Beowulf. Said to be a descendant of Cain. Called a giant by some scholars, a troll by others. Terms such as ent, ettin, and scather "one who scathes," are used in the poem to describe him.

Grid

Old Norse myth name of a frost giantess, meaning peace

Huffie

Pet form of English Humphrey, meaning peaceful giant

Humphrey

English named derived from Norman Hunfrid, meaning peaceful giant

Humphry

Variant of English Humphrey, meaning peaceful giant

Hunfrid

Norman form of Germanic Hunfrith, meaning peaceful giant

Hunfrith

"Peaceful giant." Old Germanic name composed of the elements huni "giant" and fred/frid "peace."

Sindri

Norse myth name of a hall in the world that is supposed to exist after Ragnarök, having a roof of red gold, possibly meaning sparkling The name is also sometimes used as an alternate name for the dwarf Eitri.

Wmffre

Welsh form of Humphrey, meaning peaceful giant

Ysbaddaden

Name of the giant father of the beautiful Olwen in the Welsh tale of Culhwch and Olwen. He is cursed to die if his daughter ever marries. He lives in a magic castle that seems to get farther away the closer one gets to it. When Culhwch comes to seek her hand, Ysbaddaden requires that he complete a series of nearly impossible tasks before he will grant permission for them to marry.
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