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GenderFeminine
ScriptsΙφιγενεια Ancient Greek

Meaning & History

Derived from Greek ιφιος (iphios) "strong, stout" and γενης (genes) "born". In Greek myth Iphigenia was the daughter of King Agamemnon. When her father offended Artemis it was divined that the only way to appease the goddess was to sacrifice Iphigenia. Just as Agamemnon was about to sacrifice his daughter she was magically transported to the city of Taurus.

In Christian tradition this was also the name of a legendary early saint, the daughter of an Ethiopian king Egippus.
VariantIphigenia
Other Languages & CulturesEfigénia Portuguese Efigênia Portuguese (Brazilian)
Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute