Given Name ATALANTA

GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Αταλαντη (Ancient Greek)

Meaning & History

From the Greek Αταλαντη (Atalante) meaning "equal in weight", derived from αταλαντος (atalantos), a word related to ταλαντον (talanton) meaning "a scale, a balance". In Greek legend she was a fast-footed maiden who refused to marry anyone who could not beat her in a race. She was eventually defeated by Hippomenes, who dropped three golden apples during the race causing her to stop to pick them up.

Categories

athletes, Greek mythology, heroes, Latinizations, legend, mythology
Entry updated December 8, 2017