GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Αντιγονη (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: an-TIG-ə-nee (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Means "against birth" from Greek αντι (anti) "against" and γονη (gone) "birth, offspring". In Greek legend Antigone was the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta. King Creon of Thebes declared that her slain brother Polynices was to remain unburied, a great dishonour. She disobeyed and gave him a proper burial, and for this she was sealed alive in a cave.