Ravnica is based on a Serbo-Croatian word for plain.

And the other planes, like Phyrexia (basically "land of Phyresis") seem to have etymologies for their names...

So, what's the etymology of the name Eldraine?

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    I don't want to put this as an answer because it doesn't feel satisfactory, but I think we don't yet know. The whole set/plane is inspired by Arthurian knights and Grimm's fairy tales, and Eldraine sounds vaguely Medieval themed. I don't think a more specific answer than that has been stated yet. We do know, though, that Eldraine is the name of the plane, and not just someone in the set. – Aetherfox Sep 9 '19 at 13:47
  • Is there an etymology tag? Should there be? – Acccumulation Sep 9 '19 at 14:49
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    Guessing, but perhaps it has something to do with the word "Eldritch" (other worldly, weird, etc.) – DarkCygnus Sep 9 '19 at 17:46

While searching for a etymology for Eldraine, I could not find anything. However, according to the official Magic the Gathering website, as well as what the card say, we do know it is a fusion of multiple fairy tales.

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    Can you link to your source for "according to the official Magic the Gathering website...we do know it is a fusion of multiple fairy tales"? – murgatroid99 Nov 20 '19 at 23:04
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    Etymology is the origin of the word, your answer seems to revolve around what the theme of the set is. "We do know it is a fusion of multiple fairy tales" seems to be an answer to a different question, one such as, "what is Throne of Eldraine about," or, "what is the theme of throne of eldraine," and seems to be mostly unhelpful in answering the question..... – CollinB Nov 22 '19 at 13:20

This is speculation without WotC citation, but my guess would be:

First part coming from eldritch, it's own etymology described here.

Less certain about the second part (maybe it just sounded good), but in both English and French the suffix -aine means "approximately".

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    Eldritch as a source doesn't make much sense given the theme of the set is not Lovecraftian at all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eldritch Also note that there already is an MtG expansion, called "Eldritch moon", that has nothing in common thematically with Eldraine. – Hackworth Nov 28 '19 at 12:52
  • I think you are using too narrow a definition of eldritch. Lovecraft may have repopularised the word, but it was certainly around before him and is often used to describe the darker side of fairytales, such as that presented by some of this set. The etymology link I included does explain this, in particular it includes the idea that eldritch itself may have derived from elf. I don't think having a previous set that uses the word eldritch precludes the idea that some of the etymology might be similar. – Bytes Nov 29 '19 at 13:08
  • Whatever the dictionary says about the word eldritch, the "Eldritch Moon" expansion makes it quite clear how WotC uses the word. Do a google image search on "Eldritch Moon" and you will immediately see an abundance of tentacled space monsters, which is clearly Lovecraftian, not fairy tale-ish, not even dark fairy tale-ish, and that's how most people would understand the word. WotC designs for the mass market, and suspecting that they would suddenly change their definition of eldritch for an obscure etymology is an extraordinary claim that would require extraordinary evidence. – Hackworth Nov 29 '19 at 14:43

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