Good luck to young Aethelwine as he desperately explains for the thousandth time that the A is silent. At least with this name he'll always be at the front of the line with all the others whose names begin with the first letter of the alphabet.


St. Begu was a nun who lived in Yorkshire, England. Other than that, not much is known about this name or the saint who bore it. If you name your daughter this, it is possible that she will be the only person alive to currently have the name.


Cuthberts still show up here and there, especially in literature, but before he was a fictional professor of magic at Hogwarts, there were plenty of real-life Cuthberts in the medieval era. If you want to really flummox anyone who would dare attempt to spell or pronounce your new child's name, you can give him the older, original spelling of the name – Ecgbryht.


Godric is a strong name, meaning "Power of God." Godric sounds like he'd be the kind of young man who gets mixed up in jousting matches to earn a favor from a highborn lady, but imagine what his report card at school would look like: "Godric plays well with others at the finger painting station," and "Godric gets fussy at nap time."


There doesn't appear to be a single child currently alive named Wulfthryth. That's a shame, because all the medieval names beginning in "Wulf," are amazing. A little boy named Wulfthryth would automatically become the coolest kid in class.


The most famous Scholastica was the sister of St. Benedict. Like any good sister, she bossed him around and, although at the time he was the stern master of hundreds of monks, he obeyed his sister like a meek little lamb. A girl named Scholastica wouldn't be able to keep from growing into a smart, self-confident woman.


Rohesia sounds a bit odd to pronounce – it's a girl's name, by the way – but at one point is was one of the most common medieval names. Its popularity is amusing because the name means, "horse." Probably not the name to give to a lovely little girl ... then again, most little girls adore horses.


Drogo isn't a made-up name from Lord of the Rings. It's associated with St. Drogo, a solitary shepherd. Imagine how impressed the other kids will be in class when Drogo's name is called during roll call. With a name like that, no one will ever dare bully him.


Gaillard is a name associated with dandyism. It's something of a romantic sounding name, and your pint-size Gaillard in his sweater vest, tweed jacket, and bowtie will be amazing.


Hildebrand is "The Awesomest Pope," because he had a staring contest with an Emperor and won. During his lifetime, he enacted sweeping reforms on the Church. Hildebrand is a no-nonsense name, and I imagine that any young Hildebrands out there are over-achievers who are the founders and presidents of all the after-school clubs.


Sir Gawain was a knight of King Arthur's round table. In the oldest sources, the name is spelled, "Gwalchmei." The latter is a mouthful, but a young man named Gawain sounds very noble, like he's the kind of kid who will rescue one of the girls in the class when she's stuck at the top of the monkey bars and doesn't care if the other boys make fun of him for it.


Ermintrude really is a gorgeous name. It means "beloved," and I could see a bunch of sweet little Ermintrudes running around with runny noses giving their daddies kisses and hugging them tight with chocolate smudged fingers. Or maybe that's just me.