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What do the names Sherlock, Mycroft, Moriarty and Irene mean?
June 05, 2015

I'm Megh from

Hope you're doing great!

I'll start off this month's Sherlock Holmes Gazette with...

The Weird and Crazy Sherlockian Fact of the Month

No matter where you've encountered Sherlock Holmes, you've definitely heard of Mycroft Holmes, Professor Moriarty and Irene Adler.

So, this time I thought I'd find out what all those names mean: just for fun, you know.

Let's start with'Sherlock.'

Sherlock means:

"Brilliant hair or cropped hair" in Old English.


(I've written a page about this here:

On the other hand, 'Mycroft' means:

"Farm by the mouth of a stream" in Old English.

Now that is definitely something you didn't expect, I'm sure.

Moriarty? What does that mean? Turns out that 'Moriarty' means:

"Navigator or worthy of the sea" in Old Irish...

...Intriguing, shall we say?

And, here's what Irene means!

It means "Peaceful" in Ancient Greek.

Apparently, Eirene was the goddess of 'peace' in Ancient Greece.

I was quite surprised myself when I started researching what these names meant.

The meanings are all over the place, you see.

What's New at Sherlock Holmes Fan?

This month, I haven't added anything new at

However, I'm working on a fun page about BBC Sherlock's episode 'The Great Game.' It's great working on it, but it's taking more time than expected.

In the meanwhile, you can check this page out (if you haven't already!):

It's a page that has lots of interesting Sherlockian widgets. For instance, you can find out exactly how old Sherlock Holmes would be today.

Or you can find out what the equation of a graph that depicts Sherlock Holmes' outline would look like!

Time now for...

This Month's Special Sherlockian Sizzler...

I found some really funny pictures about both the original Sherlock Holmes and BBC's Sherlock, recently. All of them were really funny.

Take a peek:

About BBC Sherlock: Sherlock Holmes on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.'

When Sherlock's phone's auto-correct feature rocked: Sherlock and Auto-Correct!

And here's a fun picture about the original Sherlock Holmes: 'Mouse Deductions.'

Well, that's about it for now!

See you again, next month. :-)

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