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According to Greek mythology, Medusa was originally the most beautiful one of the Gorgons, which was why Poseidon, the God of the sea, took a fancy to her and asked to have sex with her. She agreed, but unfortunately, just for kicks, he wanted to do it in the temple of Athene, the chaste Godess of wisdom and the patroness of the city of Athens, who had hated Poseidon ever since he tried to sink down Athens just to expand his watery region. Naturally, this horrible disgrace of her temple enfuriated the chaste Athene, so she took revenge at Medusa by turning her into the hideous, snake-haired monster we all know and love, and whom she eventually helped Perseus destroy by telling him to look only at the monster's reflection. Also, after Perseus decapitated Medusa, Athene put the image of her head into her shield and made it one of her symbols.
― Anonymous User  7/15/2005
I like Medusa, but I wouldn't use it.
― Anonymous User  6/10/2006
I think this name has a bad reputation because Medusa was supposedly so unlovely. But most modern interpretations of Medusa look on her more kindly and I think she's nearly a feminist icon now--turning men into stone and all. It must also be remembered that Medusa was beautiful in the beginning, and so the girl who has this name will always be beautiful, inside if nowhere else.
I think also that snakes, like the snakes for her hair, are linked closely with former fallen women that, in the male-dominated world, were cast aside. Lilith, of Biblical stories, was the snake that tempted Eve. Lilith was Adam's first wife, cast from heaven because she refused the missionary position. Medusa seems to be another femme fatale figure, along with succubus Lilith, Cleopatra, Helen of Troy, Anne Boleyn, and almost any female vampire (like Anne Rice's Akasha).
nouvellehelene  7/7/2006
Some versions of Medusa's story say that Poseidon raped her in Athena's temple rather than Medusa willingly accepting Poseidon's advances.
gaelruadh19  8/6/2006
I feel really really horrible for any child named Medusa. Honestly, I have trouble finding an uglier name.
― Anonymous User  2/4/2007
Not very pretty at all. I'd really hate it if this was my name!
Jasmine  2/28/2007
I like the name Medusa, and even though she was not an evil person (or whatever she was), most people think she was and I wouldn't name a child this. Perhaps a pet though, maybe a cat.
― Anonymous User  4/9/2007
According to the mythology, Medusa actually wasn't a hideously ugly woman. The legend goes that she was the most beautiful woman in the world, but that the face she was making was so hideous that it turned anyone who looked at it to stone.
jzalkind  4/18/2007
Ugly name.
rainxxxgurl  5/14/2007
Sounds cool, but the myth would preclude me from using it for a child.
― Anonymous User  6/10/2007
Don't name a child this, it's a horrible name. There was a French ship called the Medusa that sunk and about fifty people were left on one raft. Only twelve survived, and they had to resort to cannibalism to stay alive.
Rama  6/18/2007
What a weird name. If you named your daughter this, she wouldn't be very happy to find out it was the name for ugly women with snakes for hair. The name itself doesn't sound pleasant at all.
slight night shiver  4/30/2008
I hate this name! It's horrible and yucky.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2008
This is just plain horrible to name your child. Who wants to share a name with an ugly monster who had snakes for hair?
bananarama  8/16/2008
I cannot stand this name. I don't care what the story has to say specifically, but when I think of Medusa I think of two things: ugly and nausea. I think nausea because in Six Flags Great Adventure there is a ride called Medusa and it has so many loops it makes me sick just thinking about it. I would never name my daughter this because 1-I am not Greek, 2-This name is ugly, 3-there are no cute nicknames for Medusa, 4-she would be constantly made fun of, and 5-for some reason this name sounds masculine to me. I want my daughter to have a very feminine name.
― Anonymous User  11/16/2008
Medusa was actually very beautiful. She was so beautiful she had a curse placed on her, which is why she became the way everyone knows her as.
― Anonymous User  11/26/2008
Medusa was the daughter of Phorkys and Keto. She was one of three. She was also the only mortal one of her and her sisters. She was very beautiful and lived in the far north where there was no sun. Being curious she wanted to see the sun. She asked Athena for permission to visit the south to see the sun. Athena denied her permission. Medusa grew very angry and said Athena denied her permission because she was jealous of her beauty and for that Athena gave her snakes for hair and was made so ugly anyone who looked into her eyes would be turned into stone as punishment for what she had said.
― Anonymous User  11/26/2008
Due to the fact that the name Medusa conjures up an image of a ugly woman with snakes for hair, I would never give someone this name. The poor child, being named after a monster.
emmiix3  2/3/2009
Well, I definitely wouldn't name my child this. It's not that I think it's an ugly name, however. It's interesting and has a unique background, but the name itself just doesn't seem like something I would name a little girl. Not to mention it's quite likely that a little girl named this would probably dislike her parents after she discovered it's origin. Despite all that though, it's a pretty name that shouldn't be used for a child, but maybe a pet snake.
Adachi Kyou  3/26/2009
I actually think Medusa is a beautiful name. But use it I would NOT. Perhaps if my daughter was born with snake hair.
Caprice  11/16/2009
I personally think Medusa is a very pretty name, but I wouldn't use it myself, since in Spanish, "Medusa" means "jellyfish".
― Anonymous User  1/30/2010
I like Medusa, but could never use it because of the snake haired gorgon. Although from reading more about her story she doesn't sound so bad to be known for. It seems like she was just another mortal who got caught up in the Greek gods arguments and revenge.
The name itself is pretty. It has a familiar ring but is unfamiliar and can come with plenty of nicknames (Medy, Dusa, Eddie) and is just kinda cute in my opinion.
― Anonymous User  11/16/2010
Why would you name a human being this?
― Anonymous User  4/10/2011
I don't really have an issue with who she was in Greek mythology. It just wouldn't come up often/ever in my area. That being said, I don't think this is a very attractive name. Reminds me too much of 'seduce'.
K.G Valentina  11/16/2011
The Medusa of Greek mythology was a ravishingly beautiful maiden, originally. The myth tells that Medusa had been a priestess of Athena, who fell for Poseidon. When Athena found Medusa and Poseidon together, she was so enraged, that she cursed Medusa with the writhing serpants for her hair, and made her face "so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it turned onlookers to stone." Her sisters, Stheno and Euryale, were also made into these creatures, for standing beside their sister when she was cursed.

Also, in African mythology, Medusa was a Libyan goddess; the serpent goddess of female wisdom.
xsai  11/19/2011
And perhaps you may remember from your youth; the primary antagonist of the 1997 animated film The Rescuers, was a greedy pawnshop owner, known as Madame Medusa.
xsai  11/19/2011
Some feminists and neo-pagans view Medusa as the archetype of the angry, violated priestess, and Athena as the traitor to the goddess culture. Medusa represents the beautiful, sensual, egalitarian priestesses who were raped and abused by the violent patriarchal invaders. She then turned into an ugly, evil-eyed woman so no man would rape her. Athena represents the woman who accepted the patriarchal views of a chaste, obedient woman and turned against the old form of the goddess that included death, magic, and non-reproductive sexuality. Killing Medusa could be translated as killing the last traces of the 'dark goddess'.

I think Medusa conjures up too many negatives images to be a first name, but this might be a great middle name or pet name.
MiryamChannah  2/1/2012
Not saying I like this name, but in its defense, Medusa was a (?) beautiful woman, but she was rude/disrespectful to Athena, so Athena cursed her.
SEC908  1/27/2013
Many people are citing that "Greek mythology" held that Medusa was originally the most beautiful woman in the world. This isn't true. While it is true that Ovid (a ROMAN poet) crafted up the pretty Medusa/Poseidon rape tale, Greek myth held that she was hideous beyond measure. Pindar calls her "fair faced" at one point, but besides that one instance you've got centuries of the Gorgons as the most hideous/terror inducing images in existence. In the Iliad, just the thought of the image made Hector's blood run cold. An ancient apotropaic symbol, the Gorgoneion, is a manifestation of Medusa. This image was used to scare away evil because it was just so hideous.
livieluvbug  4/27/2013
In Italy Medusa is used to indicate the jellyfish, so between the myth and the fish it isn't a good name, not at all!
Eretria  11/16/2013
This is also one of the Portuguese words for jellyfish. I definitely would avoid this name.
Buneary  4/20/2014
In Britain, this is often pronounced meh-DYOO-sa or meh-JOO-sa.
Ambiversion  6/21/2015
Besides the mythical creature heavily tied to this, I can picture this name on an overweight African-American woman or on an obvious male cross dresser who's fat and acts overly feminine.
― Anonymous User  6/2/2016
I like this name because it sounds really pretty. I'd use this name for my child because I like snakes and in another culture Medusa's a snake goddess of wisdom, but I have other names I'd like to use instead.
― Anonymous User  2/19/2017
Medusa is also a brand of nail varnish.
Hushpuppy  11/16/2017
Don't name a child this. That is a BAD idea. If you like the meaning a lot, you could always use Alexandra which means "protector of mankind".
Kitandkat  5/3/2018

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