“Winx Club Etymology, Part II: The Guys”
~ By Power of Charmix ~
Last time, we looked at the meanings of the Winx’s names, so today we’ll examine the names of their boyfriends. I’m intrigued to see which group’s names are more interesting. Let’s find out, shall we?
We’ll start with the guy who seems to be Rainbow’s favorite Specialist: Prince Sky. Unfortunately, the meaning of his name is about as interesting as his personality. His name is just a word sky, and I can’t think of any symbolic meaning it could hold for him. Even if you imagine that “Sky” is just short for Skylar, that name traces back to a Dutch word meaning “scholar,” and that doesn’t fit Sky either since he’s more of a warrior/prince.
Fittingly, Brandon’s name’s meaning is much more interesting, as it actually has two potential origins. It might come from an Old English place name (a name that would be given to someone from a certain area) that means “hill covered with broom [a flowering shrub].” The name might also be a variant of Brendan, which comes from a Welsh word that means “prince.” Considering that Brandon once pretended to be a prince, I like the second potential origin more.
Helia is the feminine form of Helios, a Greek word meaning “sun,” as well as the name of the Greek god of the sun. In some myths, Helios has a daughter named Helia who is a minor sun goddess. I’m not sure what importance or symbolism the sun could hold to Winx Club’s Helia, but I do find it interesting that his name is traditionally a feminine one. (But then again, Musa is typically a masculine name.) Also, I find it interesting that helia is the name of a genus of moths, since Helia loves nature so much and is dating the Fairy of Nature.
Riven is the past tense of the verb rive, which means “to split or tear apart violently.” Well, Riven usually does end up violently tearing apart his friendships and other relationships due to his possessive behavior and anger issues, so I guess the name is appropriate.
Timmy is derived from the name Timothy, which is a Greek name that means “honoring God.” I have to assume that he was given this name just because it sounds rather nerdy.
Nabu is the name of the Assyrian and Babylonian god of writing and wisdom. His job was to write down the fates of humans as decided by the other gods. Winx Club’s Nabu isn’t really a scholar or a scribe, but he does seem a bit wiser than the other guys.
The fake name he uses when he’s first introduced, Ophir, has a rather surprising meaning. Ophir is a region mentioned multiple times in the Bible that’s primarily known for its massive amounts of wealth. The first thing we ever learn about Nabu is that he comes from a wealthy family, so his fake name is extremely fitting.
Also, take note that we don’t learn Nabu’s real name until we’ve gotten to know him better. In other words, we don’t learn that he’s named after the wisdom god until we’ve learned that he’s actually wise. Similarly, I believe “Ophir” does mention to Aisha that he comes from an upper-class family early on. When we first meet him, the main thing we know about him and his name is that he comes from a wealthy family.
Roy also has a couple different origins to his name. It probably comes from a Gaelic word meaning “red,” but the only insight I can gather from this is that Roy occasionally wears a shirt with red on it. It may have also been derived from the French word roi, meaning “king.” We know that Roy is connected to royalty because he works for Aisha’s father, but that isn’t much justification for the name either.
As this blog has discussed in the past, nex is the Latin word for “death,” which ties into the fact that Aisha’s name means “life.” The two seem like complete opposites at first, but they’re closely linked in many ways. Also, from what I could find, nex seems to have a more violent and dark connotation, as it can also translate to “violent death,” “murder,” or “slaughter.” This could relate to how unnecessarily aggressive Nex could be when he was first introduced. (But then again, nex can also translate to “natural death,” and I am by no means an expert in Latin, so take that last point with a grain of salt.)
And finally, the name Thoren comes from the name of the Norse thunder god Thor. The only reason I can think for this naming choice is that both Thoren and Thor have a giant, superpowered hammer for a weapon.
So overall, the guys’ names seem to have had less thought put into them, with some interesting exceptions. That seems to be a recurring theme with Winx Club — some of the characters’ names are remarkably interesting, while others seem to have been made up in two seconds with minimal thought. I don’t know if I’ll be making a third post, but if I do, it will be about the villains, so stay tuned!