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Subject: For the first time in onomastic history, and direct from the horse's mouth: the compleat Klyt- onomatology, including meanings and their correct pronounciation! (Mike C check it out!)
Author: Pavlos   (guest, 80.76.37.6)
Date: September 15, 2004 at 1:45:30 AM
Reply to: Greek Pronounciation by Eirena
There are three familites of female names starting with the sound KLIT:

1) *Klyt-* all are derived from "klytos" which means "famous"
2) *Klet-* all are derived from "kletos" which means "he who is summoned or called upon"
3) *Kleit-* all are derived from "kleos" which means "glory"

Here are some examples:

*Klytia* - (klit-EE-ah)
*Klytie* - (klit-EE-ee)
The above names are essentially the same name of the Oceanic nymph who was transformed by the god Helios into a sunflower. Klytia is far more commonly found in the literature.
*Klyto* - (klit-TOH)
*Klyte* - (klit-TEE)
*Klyta* - (KLIT-ah)
*Klytaimnestra* (or, CLYTEMNESTRA) - derived from "klytos" which means "famous" and "medomai" which means "to think, plan, conspire". She was Agamennon's devious wife. (klit-em-KNEE-strah)

*Kleto* - (klit-TOH)
*Kletarista* - (klit-ar-EE-stah)- derived from "klet" and "aristos" which means superior, i.e., "she who called upon to be superior"

*Kleito* - (klit-TOH)
*Kleita* - (KLIT-ah)
*Kleitaro* - (klit-ar-OH)
*Kleitagora* from "kleit-" and "agoreuo" (to aggress a forum), i.e., "she who is a damn good speaker" - (klit-ah-GORE-ah)
*Kleirandra* - from "kleit-" and "andreia" (bravery) i.e. "she who is a gloriously brave"(klit-AND-rah)
"Kleitarete* - from "kleit-" and "arete" (virtue) i.e. "she who is a gloriously virtuous" (klit-ah-RETT-ee)
*Kleitomacha* - from "kleit-" and "mache" (battle) i.e. "she who is a glorious in battle" (klit-oh-MACH-ah)- MACH pronounced like Scotty would pronounce "loch".
*Kleite* - (KLIT-ee)
*Kleitia* - (klit-TEE-ah)
*Kleitopolis* - from "kleit" and "polis" (city state) i.e. "she who glorifies our city" (klit-OP-olis)

O.K. this brinds us to the inevitable question (nudge nudge wink wink). What is the origin of clitoris (kleitoris, in Greek)? Well this is subject to debate. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it is derived from "kleio" (meaning, "to shut"). In my book, it is derived from "kleio-

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