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She is known by several names: Munychia; Artemis of Ephesus; Diana [Roman]; Artume [Etruscan], Mythology Cynthia [from her birthplace on Mt. Cyntus], and Phoebe. She is the goddess of the chase, the hunt, the night, fruitfulness, childbirth, woodland wilderness, dance/play, the bull, fertility, the virgin moon, healing, chastity, virginity, war, mothers, foster mothers, and health. She is the mistress of wild beasts and war.
Places of worship: Amazon,
Asia Minor [principal deity], Brauron, Ephesus, Greece [not heavily worshipped in mainland], Palestine, Sparta, and Rome.
Miscellaneous information: all beasts thought sacred; symbols bow and arrow; torch; eternal virginity. Effigy appears with multiple breasts, but later found to represent the testes of a bull. Had fanatical temple worship. At puberty, girls were initiated into the cult of Artemis; married just after. They laid all the trimmings of virginity [toys, dolls, hair] on the altar. Assisted her mother in the delivery of her twin Apollo. Ephesus Asian Center of worship now one of the 7 wonders of the world. Found references to her in Acts 19:23-40 and Acts 19:28 of the Holy Bible.
-- Minister Falcon  4/28/2005
Correction: Artemis, though certainly beautiful enough to attract several gods, was the goddess of virginity, and childbirth, not mothers. She was also the patroness of young women and children.
She, as the goddess of the hunt, was not very feminine. She was wild and independent, and was not interested in men. She acted in a way most people would refer to as tomboyish. She wore short skirts to free her legs for movement.
Also a moon goddess, although the ruler of the night itself was Nyx, not Artemis. The Artemis mentioned in the Bible was in fact this Artemis. One of the Apostles was endangered because he tried to convert her worshipers and they were outraged. She was in no way Biblical. Calling myths "ridiculous" is foolish as it is part of one of the richest cultures in the history of mankind and a most fascinating subject.
-- NightHuntress  12/24/2010
Artemis Fowl, a teenage criminal mastermind, is the anti-hero of Eoin Colfer's popular Artemis Fowl series. This Artemis is a boy, though.
-- Anonymous User  7/6/2005
The goddess Artemis has been mentioned in the bible I think two or three times.
-- echo_of_the_past  10/25/2005
It can also be used a male name, one example includes: Artemis, the white cat on Sailor Moon who is male.
-- Hailey2006  7/24/2006
I love the name Artemis. It is in the series Artemis Fowl, although there, Artemis Fowl is a boy. I personally prefer Artemis as a boy's name, but I would still whole-heartedly name my daughter Artemis. If I was old enough to have a daughter, that is. Artemis sounds great, and I love that name.
-- stormy_lovegood  8/8/2006
I like this name a lot; good sound, good meaning, good nickname. I like this name equally for girls and boys; that it is a goddess' name definitely makes it more feminine, but there have been a few male characters (Artemis Fowl and Artemis from Sailor Moon) that had this name that it suited really well.
-- Iridosmine  10/16/2006
Artemis? A boy!? Artemis was a Greek Goddess and protector of women! And yet you have people complaining that young girls are taking on male names such as Madison! Talk about controversy. Artemis is a lot better than Diana, in my personal opinion.
-- Anonymous User  2/12/2007
When I say Artemis, it makes me think: "hard to miss", it's really annoying because I love the name.
-- Anonymous User  3/30/2007
I like this name but I wouldn't use it for a child. I think it's odd for a boy, though---it's a Greek godDESS, after all.
-- Anonymous User  4/1/2007
If people have no problem with boys being named after Greek godesses (which I had no clue of until thirty seconds ago), why do you have such a belligerent attitude when it comes to girls like me being called Madison? Then again, if there was a female book character called Madison that you knew of, you'd probably have no problem.
-- Anonymous User  5/1/2007
In the Bible, the book of Titus mentions a person named Artemis. I prefer to think of the name as a Biblical one, rather than that of a Greek goddess, because I adore the name and do not wish to connect it with ridiculous myths of gods and goddesses.
-- meanwhile  5/9/2007
I love this name although it makes me think of a guy. Simply because Sailor Moon has been burned into my brain since a very young age. Either way it makes me think a very strong, beautiful and intelligent person.
-- gethsemane_rose  5/21/2007
I like the name Artemis for a boy or a girl. It really is an awesome name.
-- melinda1  9/14/2007
I think it's good, and it can be used for any sex.

Heck, I kinda think the idea of 'girl names' and 'boy names' is kinda stupid. There are so many good names that people 'can't use' because they're 'the wrong sex'.
-- stormy_lovegood  11/8/2007
I love this name. I like it better as a boy's name even though it's a female goddess, plus in the Artemis Fowl series the character is a boy and in Sailor Moon.
-- proudsasukefan  11/23/2007
I would just like to say that I love the name. But I think Behind the Name should put it as male and female name because he is a male in a very popular series, Artemis Fowl.
-- Eric12  12/22/2007
I think Artemis is a beautiful name for a girl. If I had twin girls I'd name them Selena and Artemis.
-- deatheater1408  1/14/2008
Artemis is the Greek Goddess of animals. She is a shapeshifter and is stunningly beautiful.
-- Anonymous User  3/28/2008
Artemis is one of those names that I like the ending on. Like AN, as I posted on Arianne, mis is very conclusive. Also, I've always liked mythology names, because I like language. Mythology is a part of language, and sometimes science as well (Arachne, for example).
-- themoongirl  4/3/2008
Artemus Gordon is the name of James West's clever and sarcastic partner in "The Wild Wild West".
-- citizenchauvelin  4/20/2008
I once met a man called Artemis. He hated the name, so he named himself Art.
-- Kaat5  9/7/2008
I love it on a girl, hate it on a boy.
-- number1212  11/8/2008
Hera, Zeus' wife, was angry at Zeus and forbade Leto from giving birth on land (presumably the mainland) or sea. Leto found the (possibly floating) island of Delos, which was later grounded (if indeed it was floating; the legends vary). There, Leto gave birth to Artemis. Three days later, Apollo was born with his sister's help. This is only one of many legends of Artemis' birth. Another is that Zeus transformed Leto into a quail so Hera couldn't find her. Artemis was one of the few virgin goddesses and the goddess of the forests, hills, and hunt, odd since she was a woman and hunting was typically a man's domain. When she was young, she sat upon her father's lap and asked for: 1) eternal virginity and to never be bound by marriage, 2) hounds for her hunt, 3) stags for her chariot, 4) nymphs for her hunting companions, 60 from the sea and 20 from land and, 5) a silver bow to match her brother's. All her wishes were granted. My personal favourite myth regarding the goddess is of her and Orion, the hunter. The two were close, but he died and was put among the stars. For more on his deaths, see Orion. Artemis also resided over maidens (unmarried women). Later, she became a goddess of fertility and childbirth and associated with the moon through the Titan Selene. Her animal was the deer and her tree the cypress. Her symbol was the silver bow and arrow. Another of her names is Cynthia.
-- forbalathegreen  1/6/2009
Absolutely gorgeous. But only on a girl seeing as Artemis in Greek Mythology was a woman and a goddess of women, virginity, childbirth and mothers. She was very feminine.
-- emmiix3  3/19/2009
I really love the name, but since reading and adoring the Artemis Fowl books, I can't see it on a girl. But also, being as it was the name of a goddess, can't see it on a boy. I do prefer it on a boy, but I wouldn't call a son this.
-- 910  7/29/2009
It's pretty, but also a little dull in my opinion. I do agree that the Greek goddess was awesome, but it still kind of bores me. Artemisia is much prettier. As for gender, I think Artemis sounds ridiculous on a boy, and I'm not a fan of the Artemis Fowl books. This will always be a girls' name to me.
-- bananarama  11/17/2009
The name was used in Eoin Colfer's bestselling youth series 'Artemis Fowl'.
-- Crystalline  6/27/2010
I've never thought this name sounded feminine, at all. In addition, I always associate this name with Artemus Gordon from "Wild Wild West," so for me it will always be masculine. Still can't say that I'd use the name, though.
-- erb816  10/25/2010
How can people think Artemis is a boy's name? Artemis was a Greek godDESS who apparently spurned men.
Anyway, I think Artemis is a gorgeous, very ethereal sounding name. I would definitely use it on a girl.
-- Anonymous User  3/5/2011
Originally, Artemis was the goddess and protector of wild plants and woodland creatures, as well as young women (I am not sure about virginity). The "goddess of the hunt" came later. (Or so I have read.)
-- MiryamChannah  9/1/2011
Artemis is the birthname of the character Alexandra in the Twitches book series by H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld. In the movies she is played by Tia Mowry.
-- Vesey  10/17/2011
I love the name Artemis on a girl, you can also get the nickname Missy from it. Though I'm not actually that crazy about the nickname myself.
-- Vesey  10/17/2011
Artemis is the Greek goddess of the hunt, the moon, and the patron of young girls/maidens. Not marriage or fertility, that's Hera and Demeter.
-- Forestgate1323  2/8/2012
Missy is a great nickname!
-- SEC908  2/8/2013
Artemida (Артемида) is the Russian form of Artemis.
-- Anonymous User  8/22/2013
Artemis is also a Persian name, a variant on the name Artemisia. Because present day Turkey was once part of Persia (and vice-versa), it is also considered by some to be a Turkish name.

In Old Persian, "Arta" suggests correctness, rightness, or divine truth. "Miz" is a suffix that suggests to speak, to say. So the name suggests the meaning, "speaker of the truth".

It is unknown whether the historical Persian figure associated with this name had a name which derived directly from the Indo-European roots, from a common root name which the goddess Artemis also was named for, or whether she happened to be named for the Greek goddess Artemis.

According to Wikipedia,

Artemis I of Caria "was an ancient Carian queen of the Achaemenid Persian satrapy province of Caria, mostly known through the writings of Herodotus for taking the side of the Persian king Xerxes during the Greco-Persian wars. Her father was the satrap of Halicarnassus Lygdamis I (Greek: Λύγδαμις Α') [1][2] and her mother was from the island of Crete.[3][4] She took the throne after the death of her husband, as she had a son, named Pisindelis (Greek: Πισίνδηλις), who was still a youth.[5][6]

She was an ally of Xerxes I during the Second Persian invasion of Greece. She fought at the naval Battle of Artemisium[7] and the naval Battle of Salamis at 480 BC as a commander in the Persian navy. She was the only female commander.

Her grandson, Lygdamis II, was the ruler of Halicarnassus when Herodotus left from there.

Herodotus praises her decisiveness and her intelligence and emphasizes her influence on Xerxes."
-- Mahtob  9/11/2013
Beautiful yet fun name... I think it would be great with a more girly first or middle name. Like Willow Artemis or Artemis Lilia. Something earthy and girly to go with it and it would be perfect for a little girl and woman. I think of a wild red head with curly hair and a loving yet adventurous personality!
-- Emmettsmomma2010  11/6/2013
I think this is such a beautiful unique name. I've never met anyone with this name but I think it would be a great choice for a little girl.
-- LadyEleanor  1/7/2014
I love this name. Artemis has always been my favorite Olympian but then I also read and enjoyed the Artemis Fowl books and I think the name has an androgynous quality to it that makes it work on both sexes. Were I ever to use it, though, I would give it to a girl because it would be in honor of the goddess.
-- renee06  1/14/2014

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