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PronouncedPron.HER-əd English

Meaning & History

From the Greek name ‘Ηρωιδης (Heroides), which probably means "song of the hero" from ‘ηρως (heros) "hero, warrior" combined with ωιδη (oide) "song, ode". This was the name of several rulers of Judea during the period when it was part of the Roman Empire. This includes two who appear in the New Testament: Herod the Great, the king who ordered the slaughter of the children, and his son Herod Antipas, who had John the Baptist beheaded.
Feminine FormHerodias
Other Languages & CulturesHeroides, Heroidion Ancient Greek Herodes, Herodion Biblical Greek Herodes, Herodion Biblical Latin Rodion Russian


Depiction of Herod the Great by James Tissot (c. 1890)Depiction of Herod the Great by James Tissot (c. 1890)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute