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Given Name ALPHEUS
PRONOUNCED: al-FEE-əs (English)
CONTRIBUTOR: LMS on 10/18/2007
Meaning & History
This name can be a variant spelling of the biblical name Alphaeus
, as well as a latinized form of the Greek name Ἀλφειός (Alpheios
). The latter is either derived from Greek ἀλφή (alphē)
meaning "produce, gain, profit", or from Greek ἀλφός (alphos)
, which can mean "whiteness" as well as "white leprosy". In Greek mythology, Alpheus was a river deity, the son of Oceanus
. He fell madly in love with the Nereid Arethusa and pursued her under the sea to Sicily. Here she pleaded to Artemis who changed her into a fountain. The river Alpheus then worked its way underground to mingle with the waters of Arethusa.