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I made a list of all the names their meanings and were (i think) they are derived from. Some i think are chosen on purpose, like the elemental 4 others maybe on random. Mira Jane for example was a online name the author came across in a game if im correct so the meaning might not hold any value ^^.
So here goes.
Natsu = Summer.
Lucy = Light.
Gray = Gray-haired.
Erza(Elsa)(Elisabeth) = my god's oath
Scarlet = red.
Mira, = wonderfull,peace,prosperous.
Jane = Gods Grace.
Lisanna = Pledged to God.
Makarov (surname) = (greek origin) Makar = happy,blessed.
Kana = one who is powerful.
Wakaba = young leaf.
Jose(Josef) = God will increase. (in other words make rich lol)
Juvia(Lluvia spanish origin) = Rain.
Sol(french) = Soil.
Aria(Italian) = Air.
Layla = Dark Beauty/night.
Bob(robert) = bright flame.
Karen = Pure.
Gerard = Spear,Law.
Gerald = Spear,Ruler.
Millianna (Milli)= Honney bee. (Anna)= Grace.
Simon/Shimon = to be heard.
Wally(Walter) = Ruler of the army.
Sho = soar,fly.
Fried = free,peace.
Wendy = friend.
Ivan(form of John) = God has graced
Last edited by ca12nag3; July 19, 2010 at 07:03 AM.
Well Natsu (summer) is another hero named after a season created by Mashima. There were Haru (spring) from Rave, Aki (fall) from Monster soul, and I remember there was someone named Fuyu (winter) but cant remember who it was...
Lucy I heard is called after the The Beatles song "Lucy in the sky with diamonds".
About Makarov, Mashima once said he wanted a name that sounds russian. Ivan is a russian name as well, not sure about Laxus.
Well Ivan means God is Gracious its a form of the hebrew name John. ^^ ill add it to the list, if any more just say so
Lots of names are prolly chosen for their sound but some are rather peculiar. Specialy Layla.
Layla means night in hebrew, Josef means god will increase or add, Elisabeth is the form of the hebrew Elisheva(my god's oath) and John mean "god has graced"
thanks for the editing well Layla is non hebrew so ill stick with the original on that one.
I also know a bit arabic and Layla is night in arabic as well. You probably looked on some baby names meaning website, most of them are just wrong with languages other than english.
Anyway most of the name meanings got nothing to do with the characters (with the exceptions of the elemental four). They were named for other reasons like those I mentioned earlier, or for no reason.
ok ok well i checked the names whereever i could find some info on them. And i dont speak arabic so dont shoot me down for it. Neither do i care if your jewish or not. (dont flame on me for that i got jewish ancesters as well) Just that it doesnt add to what im trying to do here lol.
Lots of hebrew and arabic words are the same since they share the same origin.
And ok ill add night as 2nd explanation for the name. Take in mind tho the author picked lots of names for reasons already explained, Makarov to sound russian but guess what he could have picked anything yet he took Makarov. Authors arnt that careless with names. Its not like they automaticaly pick names. So yes there is always a reason why they pick names.
back to Layla, there is a lot of stuff regarding this name alone incl a ancient lovestory and the song! Eric Clapton version the best ofc < well i like the artist haha
Personaly i find the Indian version of the story of Layla and Majnun most interesting, since whenever Majnun takes damage (at school being hit by his teacher) she takes the damage. They got some sort of connection. Eventualy her future husband strikes Majnun thrue the heart and Layla died as well.
Last edited by ca12nag3; July 19, 2010 at 07:15 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost