Given Name ADONIS

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Αδωνις (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: A-DAW-NEES (Classical Greek), ə-DAW-nis (English), ə-DO-nis (English)   [details]

Meaning & History

From the Semitic Adonai, which means "lord". In Greek myth Adonis was a handsome young shepherd killed while hunting a wild boar. The anemone flower is said to have sprung from his blood. Because he was loved by Aphrodite, Zeus allowed him to be restored to life for part of each year. The Greeks borrowed this character from various Semitic traditions, hence the Semitic origins of the name.

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