The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by Sir Joseph Paton

Meaning: “Ruler of the Elves”
Gender: Male
Pronunciation: oh-buh-RAWN
Origin: English
Other forms of the name: Auberon, Alberich

Oberon is said to be the King of the Fairies in medieval literature and is married to Titania in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.  The story of Oberon could also be linked to the traditional Germanic Fairy king Freyr or Ing. The legend of Oberon being King of the Fairies comes from the story of Alberich a sorcerer of the Merovingian dynasty in which he wins his eldest son Walbert the hand of a princess. In “Les Prouesses et faitz du noble Huon de Bordeaux”, Oberon helps the title character Huon de Bordeux with the obstacles he must overcome in order to win a pardon for killing the Emperor’s son Charlot. Oberon is said to be very handsome but of dwarfish height. He explains that an offended fairy cast a spell on him, cursing him to that height. But she makes up for it by giving him great beauty. Auberon Waugh was the name of British author Evelyn Waugh’s son. He also wrote books and was known as Bron Waugh to his family.

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