Given Name MENELAUS

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Μενελαος (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: men-i-LAY-əs (English)   [details]

Meaning & History

From the Greek Μενελαος (Menelaos) which meant "withstanding the people", derived from μενω (meno) "to last, to withstand" and λαος (laos) "the people". In Greek legend he was a king of Sparta and the husband of Helen. When his wife was taken by Paris, the Greeks besieged the city of Troy in an effort to get her back. After the war Menelaus and Helen settled down to a happy life.

Categories

Iliad characters, kings, Latinizations, mythology
VARIANT: Menelaos