Alpheus
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Given Name ALPHEUS
GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: al-FEE-əs (English)
CONTRIBUTOR: LMS on 10/18/2007
LAST EDITOR: LMS on 4/28/2017   [revision history]
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 and Tethys. 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.