Scripts გალაქტიონ (Georgian), Галактион (Russian)
Other Forms FormsGalakhtion
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Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 5/14/2013
Derived from Greek γάλακτος (galaktos) meaning "milk" combined with the Greek diminutive suffix -ιων (-ion). In ancient Greek times, γαλάκτιον (galaktion) was the name of a type of bread that was made with milk. It was not used as a given name by the ancient Greeks. It is only in later times that it began to be used as a given name, starting with the 3rd-century saint Galaction (whose original name was Galaktion; Galaction is a latinization). Also, in even later times (i.e. late medieval to post-medieval), the name was frequently used in Georgia and Russia, but is now considered fairly rare in both countries. Finally, a known bearer of this name was the Georgian poet Galaktion Tabidze (1892–1959).