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ScriptsΑλκυονη Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.al-SIE-ə-nee English

Meaning & History

Latinized form of Greek Αλκυονη (Alkyone), derived from the word αλκυων (alkyon) meaning "kingfisher". In Greek myth this name belonged to a daughter of Aeolus and the wife of Ceyx. After her husband was killed in a shipwreck she threw herself into the water, but the gods saved her and turned them both into kingfishers. This is also the name of the brightest of the Pleiades, the seven stars in the constellation Taurus.


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute