Elyan the White is the name of a knight of the Round Table (also known as Helyan le Blanc in French). It’s possible that it’s a variant of Eilian, a Welsh unisex name which I’ve seen listed as meaning “second, moment (in time)”. I’ve also Eilian listed as the Welsh form of Aelian, a variant of Aelianus, itself a derivative of Aelius, a Roman family name of uncertain meaning though possibly derived from Greek helios “sun”.
Elyan could also be a variant spelling of Elian, a Dutch unisex name, either the Dutch form of Elijah (which comes from Hebrew Eliyahu meaning “my God is Yahweh” or “Yahweh is my God”) or Elisabeth (which also comes from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”.
Origin: uncertain, possibly Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew
- Helyan (Old French)
- Elian (Dutch)