WAYS TO ATTRACT FAERIES INTO YOUR HOME
(Be Warned!, Once they are invited in, they may never leave)
THE FAERIE NAMES
Asrai - small, delicate female faeries who melt into a pool of water when captured or exposed to sunlight
Aughisky - pronounced "Agh-iski"; They are the Irish version of the Each-Uisge.
Awd Goggie - A type of Bogie who haunts forests and orchards, and kidnaps children. Wise children will stay away from orchards when unsupervised lest Awd Goggie get them.
Banshee - actually should be spelled Bean Sidhe. The Scots call her Bean-Nighe. She's an Irish death spirit. Their keening fortells a death. They have very long, flowing hair and wear green dresses with grey cloaks. Their eyes are bright red because of their continuous weeping.
Barguest - A kind of Bogie. It has horns, dangerous teeth and claws, and fiery eyes. It can take many forms, but usually is a shaggy black dog. Upon the death of a prominent figure, it rounds up all the dogs in the community and leads them on a procession through the streets, howling.
Bauchan - also Bogan. A type of Hobgoblin. Like most faeries, they are fond of tricks, sometimes are dangerous, and sometimes are helpful.
The Bean-Nighe - pronounced "ben-neeyah"; type of Banshee around streams in Scotland and Ireland. She washed bloodstained clothing of people who will soon die. They are rumored to be the ghosts of women who died in childbirth and will continue to wash until the day they should have died. The Washer at the Ford.
Bean sidhe (ban-shee): Ireland. "Woman Faery"; a spirit attached to certain families. When a member's death approaches, the family will hear the bean sidhe wailing.
Bendith y Mamau (ben-dith uh momay): Mother's Blessing, which was the name of the fairies of the Carmarthenshire country in Wales; this saying became a prayer spoken to ward-off harm.
Black Annis - She is a Hag who eats stray children and lambs.
Blue Men of the Minch - They dwell in the strait between Long Island and the Shiant Islands. They are responsible for sudden thunderstorms and shipwrecks, but their ship-sinking attempts may be thwarted if you are an adept rhymer. Some think they may be fallen angels.
Bodach - also Bugbear or Bug-A-Boo. They slide down chimneys to kidnap naughty children.
Boggart - Brownies that have turned evil.
Bogie - This is the generic name for some different types of Goblins. Their temperments range the spectrum from benign to malevolent.
Bogles - They are a form of Goblin and are generally nasty in temperment. However, they prefer to inflict their evil deeds upon liars and murderers.
The Brown Man of the Muirs - He is the protector of wild animals.
Brownie:A.Bwca or Bwbachod in Wales; Bodach (budagh) in the Scottish Highlands; Fenodoree in Man; Pixies or Psgies in the West County of England; Bockle in Scotland. If one wants to court their friendship, they are called Bendith Y Mamau (the Mother's Blessing). They are about two to three feet high and dress in brown clothes. They have brown wrinkled faces and shaggy hair. Brownies make themselves responsible for for the house where they live by coming out at night to complete unfinished work. Any offer of reward will drive them away, but they expect an occasional bowl of milk and piece of cake to be left out. Tradition says they do not like teetotallers and ministers. If offended, brownies will create malicious mishchief. If there is a lazy servant in the home, he might choose to plague him for it. All Brownies expect in return is a bowl of cream or good milk and a honey cake. Never leave clothes and never leave too much food. They find this offensive and will leave. Care should be taken not to criticize their work. When one farmer criticized the mowing job, the Brownie responsible threw the entire crop over a cliff. In the West County, Pixies or Pigsies occasionally perform the office of a brownie and show some of the same characteristics, though they are essentially different. Border brownies are most characteristic. They are small men, about three feet in height, very raggedly dressed in brown clothes, with brown faces and shaggy heads. They make themselves responsible for the farm or house in which they live: reap, mow, thresh, herd the sheep, prevent the hens fromlaying away, and give goode counsel at need. A brownie can become personnaly attached to one member of the family.
The Bwca - They are the Welsh version of the Brownie (see above). They have slightly nastier tempers and are prone to tantrums if their work is criticized. They also despise tattletales and people with long noses.
Cailleach Bheur: Scotland. The Blue Hag, a cross between the Underworld goddess and a faery spirit. She has fangs and sometimes three faces, making her a triple being or deity.
Caoineag (konyack): Scotland. "Weeper"; a bean sidhe.
Cluricaun - He's a Leprechaun after he's finished work for the day. Cluricauns raid wine cellars and torture sheep and dogs by riding them like horses in the moonlight. A solitary faery who lives in cellars and likes to drink wine and other spirits. A cross between a leprechaun and a hobgoblin.
Coblynau - (also Koblernigh) They are Welsh mine faeries, similar to Knockers. They are considered good omens since the location of their mining usually precedes the discovery of ore there. About 18 inches high, they dress like miners. Although they are ugly, they are good humored and will knock where rich ores are to be found.
Corrigans: Malignant nature spirits found in Brittany, often associated with phantoms of the dead.
Cu Sith: Scotland. A supernatural green dog.
Cyhyraeth (kerherriighth): Wales. A form of bean sidhe. It usually cries or groans before multiple deaths by epidemics or accident.
Daoine Maithe: C. "The Good People", Similar to the Gentry, they were said to be next to heaven at the Fallbut did not fall.
Daoine Sidhe - (theena shee): Ireland. A name for the faery people.This is the name assumed by the Tuatha de Danann when the Milesians drove them underground. Their King is Finvarra, who to this day hold court in his palace beneath the faerie hill of Knockma. They are skilled chess players, and no human has ever beaten Finvarra in a game. Finvarra is a womanizer, frequently kidnapping human women. The Daoine Sidhe are also quite fond of hurling.
Dryads: All Celtic countries. Spirits who dwell in trees, oaks in particular. They were contacted by druids and shamans for inspiration.
Duergar - These are a malicious form of Dwarf from Northern England. They revel in tricking people into dying.
Dwarfs - They are short, usually bearded and appear to be very old. Their aged appearance seems to be caused by the fact that they reach maturity at age three. They exist mainly in the mountains of Scandinavia and in mines in Germany. They are sensitive about showing their feet since they are usually deformed in some way. If you are curious of their feet, the only way to get an idea is to put flour, ash, or something of that sort in their path and to look at their footprints. Dwarves can't be above ground during the day since sunlight turns them to stone. Some say they exist as toads during the day and assume their familiar dwarvish form at night.
Each-Uisge - pronounced "Ech-ooshkya"; They are similar to the Kelpiebut far more dangerous. They inhabit lochs and seas and will eat their victims after tearing them into pieces, except for the liver, which they leave. If they are ridden inland, they are safe to ride, but if they catch the slightest whiff of the sea air...
Ellyllon (ethlerthlon): Wales.They are tiny diaphanous fairies whose queen is Mab. Their food is toadstools and faery butter, a fungus found on the roots of old trees.Their queen is Mab. They are smaller than the Tylwyth Teg.
Elves - Scandinavian version of faeries,of two classes, light and dark, like the Seelie and Unseelie. The Danish elves are beautiful from the front, but hollow when seen from behind. The Danish elves also like stealing human foods. Elves are also another name for the Trooping Faeries of Britain. In Scotland the fairy people of human size were often called elves and Faeryland was Elfame; in England it was the smaller Trooping Fay who were called elves, and the name was particularly applied to small faery boys.
The Fachan - Faeries from the Western Highlands of Scotland.
Faeries-Fairies: The earlier name was Fays. the term "faery" now covers Anglo-Saxon elves, the Daoine Sidhe of the Highlands, the Tuatha De Danann of Ireland, the Tylwyth Teg of Wales, the Seelie and Unseelie Courts, the Wee Folk, Good Neighbors, and many more. Fair Family or Fair Folk: The euphemistic name used by the Welsh for the fairies. See Tylwyth Teg.
Fair Family or Fair Folk: The euphemistic name used by the Welsh for the fairies. See Tylwyth Teg.
Far Darrig, Fear Dearg, Fear Dearc: Ireland. "Red Man"; a solitary faery who wears a red cap and coat and likes to indulge in gruesome practical jokes. However, some farmers consider it lucky to have him around.
Farisees, or Pharisees: The Suffolk name for the fairies. The Suffolk children used to be confused between the farisees and the biblical mentions of the Pharises.
Fary: The dialect name in Northumberland.
Fays: The earlier noun archaic of the word "fairy"; also referred to as the Fatae (three fates).
Ireland. "Man of Hunger"; a solitary fairy who roams the land during
famine; he brings good luck to those who give him money or food.
Feeorin: A small fairy that is indicated as being green-coated, generally red-capped, and with the usual fairy traits of love of dancing and music.They are thought to be more or less friendly to humans, and have given warnings to them.
Upper Brittany. Faeries. Fees des Houles (Faeries of the Billows) live
in natural caves or grottos in sea cliffs, sea faeries.
Fees are also storm faeries who dress in the colors of the rainbow. They appear in procession before a storm, following a Queen fee who is mounted in a boat made from the nautilus of the southern seas. And the boat is drawn by two crabs.Associated with them are the Fions, a race of dwarfs with swords no bigger than pins.
The Fenoderee - He is a type of Brownie from the Isle of Man who is large, ugly and hairy. He is enthusiastic about helping the farmers, but isn't all that bright. The Fenoderee once was tricked into trying to fetch water with a sieve. The Fenoderee was at one time a handsome member of the Ferrishyn (the faerie tribe of Man), but he was exiled and his good looks taken when he missed the Autumn festival to court a human girl.
Feriers, or Ferishers: Another Suffolk name for the fairies.
Ferries: The usual name for the Shetland and Orcadian fairies.
Ferrishyn (ferrishin): Isle of Man. Name for the Fary Tribe. A Manx name for the Fairy Tribe; the singular is "ferrish". They are the Trooping Fairies of Man, though there does not seem to be any distinction between them and the Sleih Beggey. They are less aristocratic than the fairies of Ireland and Wales, and they have no named fairy king or queen. They were small, generally described as three feet in height, though sometimes as one foot. They could hear whatever was said out of doors. Every wind stirring carried the sound to their ears, and this made people very careful to speak of them favorably.
Fetes: The Fates of Upper Brittany.
Fir Darrig - pronounced "fear dearg"; They like fairly gruesome practical jokes. Be nice to them or you may be on the receiving end of one.
Foawr - They are Manx stone-throwing giants. They often ravish cattle. Nasty beings, they are...
Fin Bheara (fin-vara)/ Fionnbharr (fyunn-varr) / Findabair (finnavar): Iraland. Thr Faery King of Ulster, sometimes called the king of the dead. Although he was married to a faery lady, he still courted beautiful mortal women. Not the same person as the daughter of Aillil and Maeve.
Foawr, (fooar): Manx equivalent of Highland Fomorians/giants, stone throwing.
Frairies: The Norfolk and Suffolk, local version of the word "fairy".
Gnomes: Earth Elementals. They live underground and guard the treasures of the Earth. Gnomes are wonderful metal workers, especially of swords and armor.
Ghillie Dhu - He is a solitary Scottish faerie who can be found amongst birch thickets. He is clothed with leaves and moss.
The Glaistig - She is a water faerie, a beautiful seductress with the body of a goat which she hides under a long billowy green dress. She lures men to dance with her, then feeds like a vampire on their blood. She can be benign as well, often tending children and the elderly or herding cattle for farmers.
- They are somewhat malicious little creatures. They can appear as
animals. They are thieves and villains and count the dead among their
companions. They like to tempt people with faerie fruits. They're not
truly completely evil, however. Mine goblins make knocking noises where
they know there are rich deposits of ore. To avoid the Knockers' wrath,
a pastie (traditional miner meal) should be left for them.
Goblins/Hobgoblins: Originally a general name for small grotesque but friendly brownie-type creatures.
The Good Folk: A general name for faeries.
Good Neighbors: One of the most common Scottish and Irish names for the fairies.
Good People: The Irish often referred to the sidhe in this manner.
Greencoaties: The name for the fairies that dwell in Lincolnshire Fen country.
Greenies: The euphemistic name used for the fairies in Lancashire; associated with the Jacobean Fairies.
The Green Lady of Caerphilly - She haunts ruined castles, and often appears as ivy.
Grey Neighbors, the: One of the euphemistic names for the fairies given by the Shetlanders to the Trows, the small grey clad goblins whom the Shetlanders used to propitiate and fear, using against them many of the means used all over the islands as protection against fairies.
Guillyn Veggey: The Little Boys is a Manx term for the fairies that dwell on the Isle of Man.
Gwartheg Y Llyn (gwarrthey er thlin): A. Wales. Faery cattle.
Gwragedd Annwn - pronounced "Gwrageth anoon"; They are beautiful Welsh water faerie maidens who sometimes marry humans.
Gwragedd Annwn (gwrageth anoon): Wales. Lake faeries; harmless Water sprites.
Gwyllion (gwithleeon): The evil mountain fairies of Wales. They are hideous female spirits who waylay and mislead travelers by night on the mountain roads. They were friends and patrons of the goats, and might indeed take goat form.
Hags - They are the personification of winter in the British Isles, anare thought to be the remnants of the most ancient godesses. Some hags turn from hideously ugly (their usual state) to breathtakingly beautiful at the turn of winter to spring.
Hobgoblin - They have a bad reputation since the Puritans used their name to refer to wicked Goblin spirits, but they're really a sort of friendly Brownie. They are helpful at times, but like practical jokes. But don't annoy them or they can become nasty.
Hounds of the Hill, Cwn Annwn (coon anoon), Herla's Hounds: Wales and many other Celtic areas. The phantom hunting dogs of Arawn, the Lord of the Underworld. Very large; white with red ears.
Howlaa: A faery sprite who wails along the sea shore before storms.
Kelpie: A supernatural Water elemental which takes the form of a horse, malevolent.
Hyter Sprites - They are faeries from East Anglia. They are able to appear as sand martins (a type of bird).
Jack-In-Irons - He is a giant from Yorkshire who haunts lonely roads.
Jenny Greenteeth - She is the Yorkshire River version of Peg Powler.
Jimmy Squarefoot - His appearance is said to be frightening, but he is actually harmless.
The Kelpie - They are Scottish water faeries. Usually they are seen ayoung horses, but sometimes they appear as hairy men. They haunt rivers and streams, letting men mount them and then riding off into the water, dunking them. (See also Each-Uisge.)
The Killmoulis - He is an ugly Brownie who haunts mills. He has an enormous nose and a missing mouth. He eats by stuffing the food into his nostrils. He works for the miller but he plays pranks so often he is often more of a nuisance than a help.
Knockers, Knackers: A. Cornwall. Mine spirits who are friendly to miners. The knock where rich ore can be found. Also called Buccas.
Kobolds - These are the German version of Knockers. They are known for causing problems for the miners and undoing their progress. To keep the miners guessing, they occasionally help them.
The Lady of the Lake - She is a faerie whose palace is hidden by the illusion of a lake.
Shee-Sidhe (also Leanan Sidhe): Ireland. "Faery Mistress", in return
for inspiration she feeds off the life force of the individual until he
-she wastes away and dies. Gaelic poets tend to die young if they
strike a bargain with this faery.
Leprechaun (lep-ra-kawn): Ireland. A solitary faery who makes shoes and generally guards a pot of gold. The name comes from the Irish leith brog, the name in Irish is leith bbrogan. They tend to be practical jokers, as are the Cluricaun and Far Darrig. This Irish faerie is always seen alone. He can be found happily working on a single shoe under a dock leaf or a hedge. They are very cunning, an it is difficult to get them to let on to the location of their amazingly well-hidden pots of gold, since to do so you must see the Leprechaun before he sees you. Leprechauns usually wear a three-cornered hat, and have been seen spinning on them like tops.
The Little People of the Passamaquoddy Indians - There are two kinds:
the Nagumwasuck and the Mekumwasuck. They're both two to three feet tall and ugly. The Passamaquody Indians live close to teh Canadian border, by the way. The Nagumwasuck are closely involved with their humans, often singing sadly when there is a death in the tribe, and they dance at weddings. They are self-conscious of their ugliness, and it is near fatal to laugh at them. The Mekumwasuck live in the woods and dress outlandishly. Their faces are covered with hair. They are the guardians of the Catholic Church. If a Mekumwasuck looks directly at you, you either die or acquire a contagious disease of some sort.
Lunantishess or Lunantishee - They are the tribe which guards blackthorn bushes. They will never allow a stick to be cut on November 11th or May 11th. If you manage to cut a stick on those days, you will experience misfortune.
Mab - She is the traditional queen of the faeries.
Mermaids; water dwellers who are human from the waist up but with tails
of fishes. They are irresisible singers who sometimes lure fisherman to
their deaths.They lure humans with their beautiful singing, which
carries with it an enchantment. They create storms which wreck ships.
They are often seen vainly combing their hair, admiring their
reflections in mirrors.
The Irish equivalent of the mermaid is Murrughach, Murdhuacha (muroo-cha), or Merrows. It is possible for them to take the form of a human with tiny scales and move about on land. They wear a cobullen druith, which is a red cap covered with feathers.
Merrows - They are the Irish merpeople. They wear red feather caps. If their caps are stolen, they can't return to the depths of the sea where they live. Female merrows are beautiful and to see one is an omen of a storm, but they are benevolent and often fall in love with fishermen, probably because the male merrows are so repulsive. Males are, however, generally friendly. They often come ashore in the form of small hornless cattle.
Muryans - It's the Cornish word for "ant" . They are the souls of those sent to Purgatory. Their souls dwindle in size until they are the size of ants. Then they disappear, and no one knows where they go after that. So never step on ants. You could be stepping on your ancestors.
Nuckelavee - He is a horrible Scottish sea faerie who appears as a
gigantic horse with legs that are part flipper, a gigantic mouth and
blazing, evil eyes. Rising from its back is a hideous torso with arms that nearly reach the ground and it appears that its neck is too weak to support its monstrous head. It has no skin, exposing black blood in yellow veins, white sinews, and strong red muscles. He hates fresh running water, so if you are ever chased by him, just find a stream and cross it.
Nuggie: A. Scotland; a water sprite.
Oakmen: Britain. Wood sprites who live in oak trees and oak groves. They are hostile to humans but benevolent to wild life.
Old People: Cornish name for faeries.
Oonagh (oona): Ireland. Wife of Fin Bheara.
Powler - She inhabits the River Tees. She is a green water Hag with
long hair and sharp teeth. She is fond of grabbing the ankles of those
who stand too close to or wade into the water and pulling them
underwater to drown. Fear of her was written into a popular Mother
"Mother, may I go out to swim?"
"Yes, my darling daughter.
Hang your clothes on an alder limb
And don't go near the water."
(Alder trees are considered a sort of charm against evil faeries.) See also Jenny Greenteeth.
The People of the Hills - English faeries who live under green mounds. subterranean faeries.
People of Peace: Ireland, Scotland. Another name for the Daoine Sidhe.
Phooka - Phouka (pooka): This is an Irish Goblin who appears as a variety of beasts. It can take various forms and is considered dangerous. Sometimes he appears as a dog, a bull, a horse, or an eagle and he is almost always black with blazing eyes. He is fond of offering rides to weary travellers, appearing to be a kind, docile pony, but then takes them for the wildest ride of their lives once they have mounted and soon after dumps them headfirst into an undesirable locale.
Pixies - Piskies-Pisgies: The name for faeries in Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall. Green faeries who often take the form of hedgehogs. They are also known as urchins, pisgies, piskies, and pigseys. They originated in Cornwall. They like to dance in the shadows of stones. Their bells are often heard on the moor. They like to steal horses and torture them to get them to run faster. They delight in throwing pots and pans at kitchen girls. They usually mean no harm, however. Beware of doing pixies favors, for they have a tendency to backfire.
The Plant Annwn (plant anoon): Wales. Gwragen Annwn is the Welsh name for their women. Faeries of the Underworld. The entrance to their kingdom is through lakes. Their king is called Gwyn ap Nudd. Their speckled cattle are Gwartheg Y Llyn and their white hounds are the Cwn Annwn (see Hounds of the Hill).
Plant Rhys Dwfen - They're a tribe of faeries who inhabit a small invisible land. It is invisible because of a certain herb that grows on it. They are beautiful people, quite short, and they are fond of outbidding at Cardigan auctions. They are honest in their dealings, and kind to people who are kind to them.
Portunes - They are small agricultural faeries who work on human farms by day, and spit-roast frogs by night. They are generally very old men with wrinkled faces and patched coats. However kind they are, they have a weakness for grabbing the bridles of horses whom men are riding alone at night and leading them into ponds, laughing.
Puck - He is a mischievous, shape-shifting Hobgoblin, made famous by Shakespeare. He is also associated with the Pwca (maybe aka Pooka) and the Phooka (both on this page).
Pwca (pooka): Wales. A version of Puck; not like the Irish Phouka. They are helpful if milk is left out, but can also be mischievous.
Redcap - He is one of the most evil Goblins. He inhabits ruined towers,especially those that have a history of evil. His red cap is dyed with human blood.
Roane: A. Scottish Highlands. Water Elementals or mermen who take the form of seals. Irish name for the Selkie.
Seelie (Blessed) Court: Scotland. These trooping faeries are benevolent towards humans, but will readily avenge any injury or insult. They are a good-natured aristocracy of faeries. They are fond of riding in long solemn processions called faerie Rades. They are believed to be the last of the Tuatha de Danann. Their evil opposite is the Unseelie Court.
Selkies - Also known as the Seal-Faeries, they inhabit the seas around Orkney and Shetland. A female selkie can shed her seal skin and become a beautiful woman. If a human gets ahold of the empty skin, the selkie is forced to become the perfect wife. But he must keep the skin hidden from her since she may return to the sea if she finds it again. The husband then dies of a broken heart. The male selkies create storms and flip boats to take revenge for their kin murdered at the hands of humans.
Shellycoat - He is a Scottish Bogie who haunts streams. He is covered with shells which clink together when he moves. He likes to trick travellers and lead them astray.
Sidhe-Sidh-Sith-Si (shee): Ireland, Scottish Highlands. Name for faeries and their subterranean dwellings. A barrow or hillock which has a door to a beautiful underground realm of the Tuatha or faeries. They are Irish faeries who are very attracted to beauty and luxurious locales, and detest pennypinchers.
Sluagh (slooa)- The Host: Scotland. The Host of the Unforgiven Dead, or Pagan anscestors. The most formidable of the Highland faeries. Some account them as being the dead, some think they are fallen angels. But the most popular view is that they are the souls of dead mortals.
Sithein (sheean): Ireland, Scotland. Name for the outside of a faery hill or knowe. The inside is called the brugh.
Solitary Fairies - Never trust a solitary faery, they are usually outcasts and renegades. Solitary faeries include Brownies, who may be the exception to the rule, and Leprechauns, Pookas, Banshees, the Fir Darrig, Bogies, Duergars, Brown Man of the Muirs, Shelleycoat, and Nuckelavee.
- They are ill-temepered, and ugly little things . They are very small,
but are able to inflate to monstrous proportions. They are thought to
be the ghosts of giants. They guard the treasure of hills. They are
destructive, dangerous, skilled thieves. They have been known to kidnap
babies and leave baby Spriggans instead, which are quite repulsive.
Subterranean Faeries: Scotland. Faeries who live in bochs or hills. They travel from place to place at Imbolc, Beltane, Ludhnassadh, and Samhain in order to change their residences.
Shetland faeries. Some are similar to Scandinavian trolls, they live beneath the ground and must take care to avoid sunlight. If a trow is caught above ground when the sun rises he cannot return to his home until the sun sets again. King Trows were exclusively male and would leave their homes to court and marry mortal women, though as soon as her baby was born the mother would die. Other trows could be much like faeries in general, helpful to those they found favorable and offended by any gifts set out for them.
Tuatha de Danann:
The people of the goddess Dana were traditionally an early race of Ireland who were forced to take refuge beneath the hills after the arrival of other people. They were masters of magic, and over time faded in nature and became known as the Daoine Sidh, though they could still be more majestic than mortals.
"The Fair Family" of Wales, they have fair hair and dress in white. They are sometimes called Bendith y Mamau, "Mother's blessing". Like other faerie folk they are fond of dancing and singing, and are partial to golden haired mortals. They will give wealth to their favorites, but if this is mentioned to anyone else it will vanish.
The Sluagh, or the Host, are the unsanctified dead who fly above the earth, stealing mortals and take great pleasure in harming humans. Unlike other faeries they are never kindly disposed towards mortals, and many solitary faeries of malicious nature, such as the redcap, are also part of the Unseelie Court.
Urisk: A Water Elemental who appears as half-human, half-goat, associated with waterfalls.
Wee Folk: Scotland, Ireland. A name for faeries.
Wild Hunt: The night hunt by the Slaugh with their terrible hounds. They are said to kidnap humans they encounter during their rides.
Will o' the Wisp: A faery who appears at night in lonely places carrying a lantern. It uses this light to cause travelers to lose their way.