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In my book "The Virgin Book of Baby Names", it states that Medea means "middle girl" (as does Messina). I'm assuming both of these are of Latin origin
-- Anonymous User  12/24/2004
I love the name Medea - it's really powerful - something like a heroine's name.
-- name_obsession  8/17/2005
Medea was a woman who could have no babies. As a result her husband left her and married a woman who had seven children for him. Medea is said to have killed all but one child. The child's name was Jason.
-- name_obsession  8/17/2005
I don't know where the previous poster got her/his info, but that story doesn't add up to the Greek legend. Medea did have children and their father was Jason. He deserted her for a newer model after she helped him escape her father's wrath. She avenged herself upon Jason by killing his new bride, his new father-in-law, and their own children. Read the story!
-- breakofday  12/16/2005
It sounds so evil in a way I like it.
-- 7up  2/4/2007
Medea´s pet forms are Meeda, Meddy, Medusha, Medeia.
-- Karcoolka  3/22/2007
I really love this name. I think I might use it if/when I have a daughter.
-- Anonymous User  4/1/2007
First time when I heard the name was in a concert hall - the orchestra played Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, composed by Samuel Barber. It was something I never foget. After that evening I cannot hear this strong name without Barber-association. I love the way it sounds, the story behind it, but I would never, never in my life use it. Medea is too hard name to live with, especially for a little girl!
-- Anonymous User  7/11/2007
I adore the name, but I doubt I would ever use it because of the connotation.
-- elea_marie  3/14/2008
Breakofday is correct! The name is of Greek origin, and I have heard that it means "ruling."

Medea, a powerful witch, was the granddaughter of Helios (the Sun). She was also the aunt of the witch Circe who held Odysseus and his men captive during his voyage home from Troy. The brief details on this site about the name are grammatically incorrect; therefore, they are misleading. I read: "For revenge Medea slew Jason's new lover and also had her own children by Jason killed." This passive voice sentence implies that she may have had someone else commit the murders, but in the original Greek play it is clear that she takes her boys behind the curtain and slits their throats herself. She then throws their lifeless bodies down from the tower to the feet of Jason, and her grandfather sends a dragon-drawn chariot of fire to carry her off into the sky.

The negative connotations by modern standards are obvious. She reads as a vengeful, cold woman who murders anyone in her way, even her own children. If you try and look at it through the lens of ancient Greece--see that Jason's abandonment of her and the boys in favor of a young princess and a new kingdom would have left her sons to lead the lives of servants--you can see that from her perspective she may have believed she was doing the boys a great favor. Without Jason, she had no rights, and if Jason should have had a new son, his first two would have lost all birthrights. Again, this was a different time and place, and if she was truly meant to be a villain then the play would not have ended with her being the only one being rescued by a God.

I see her as a tragic hero. I like the name, and I would give it to a daughter.
-- Varuca  8/16/2008
It's a very strong and beautiful name, I agree with previous comment!
-- Anonymous User  9/13/2009
Don't like it. It sounds too close to "media", which of course the girl will be called. And the association with the mythological figure makes this name rather over-the-top, despite Medea being an interesting figure.
-- bananarama  10/2/2009
Vienna Teng has a very beautiful song called "My Medea". :) I like this name.
-- Varjotar  1/24/2010
Medea is a recurring character in several of Tyler Perry's films.
-- erb816  4/7/2010
Medea was also a priestess of Hecate. She killed her baby brother, throwing the pieces out to sea to distract her father's navy from catching them.
-- Myth Writer Dreamer  8/15/2010
How can anyone possibly like this name?! Not only does it sound horrible but you'll be naming your child after a psycho you killed HER OWN children to punish her husband for leaving her! You might as well name her Jack the Ripper or Hitler or even Satan.
-- Anonymous User  10/11/2010
As a fictional character, Medea is immensely strong and tragic. She achieved her goal (to ruin the rest of her unfaithful husband's life), but at what personal cost? I would even consider Medea for a daughter... if it weren't for the Tyler Perry movies.
-- erb816  6/29/2011
The name Medea is also frequently used in Georgia, where it is written as მედეა. [noted -ed]
-- Lucille  5/1/2013
I don't care for the psychic story behind it (although I love Greek mythology), it's a beautiful name and I'd definitely use it.
-- Thalia  1/7/2014
Minor pop-culture/film trivia note in response to a few comments above: the character in the Tyler Perry films is MADEA not MEDEA. The pronunciation is very close, as the name is obviously inspired by the ancient Greek witch, but the original Medea was a Latin name, spelled with the same Latin alphabet that English uses. "Madea" is a misspelling of the name; I personally do not consider the two to be the same, but I concede this is my opinion, and it may be open to interpretation. I still love the name, and the original character.

Also, it is important to note that in Jason & Madea's contemporary era 3,000 years ago, murder, even the murder of a close relative, was a commonality in literature and art. As mentioned before, Medea was a "tragic heroine" by her day's standards.

It can be difficult to appreciate such starkly different values and mores of ancient worlds when most of us are well-conditioned to modern connotations. I have done more research on the culture of the times of ancient Greece, and had Medea not killed and dismembered her own brother, her own father was going to do the same to her. Also, if she had not killed her own children, they absolutely would have been forced into slavery, assassinated by their own father, or forced into the front lines of battle so they would be slaughtered in the first enemy confrontation (a common occurrence for the period), so Medea was, in fact, sparing her children a much more tortuous end at the hands of their selfish father than they suffered when their mother ended their lives. Sadly, she did them a favor. We must also remember that she kissed her boys and told them she loved them before she took their lives. It is VERY difficult to see filicide as an act of love and kindness, but that is what the original Medea did. If Medea had lived in the 20th or 21st century, she would have just taken full custody of the boys, then financially crippled her ex-husband with monstrous court ordered child support payments and alimony for life, and if he didn't cut that check every month, she would have had his driver's license revoked, his checks garnished, and had him arrested repeatedly.

But the play is not set in the modern era, it is in ancient Greece when divorces were dealt with very, very differently then they are in our times. ;)
-- Anonymous User  12/12/2014

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