Fargo Etymology

Lorne Malvo: 
Mala combining form meaning “bad,” “wrongful,” or “ill.”

Don Chumph: 
Chumpa person who is easy to trick : a stupid or foolish person.

Mr. Wrench: 
Wrencha feeling of sadness or distress caused by one’s own or another’s departure. “It will be a real wrench to leave after eight years.”

Molly Solverson:
Solve: to find an answer to, explanation for, or means of effectively dealing with (a problem or mystery).

Lester Nygaard:
Guarda state in which someone is carefully looking for possible danger, threats, problems, etc.

Gus Grimly: 
Grimunpleasant or shocking to see or think about.  Causing feelings of sadness or worry.