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

Meaning & History

From the Greek name Μενελαος (Menelaos), derived either from μενω (meno) meaning "to stay, to wait" or μενος (menos) meaning "mind, strength, force" combined with λαος (laos) meaning "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.


Iliad characters, kings, Latinizations, mythology
VARIANT: Menelaos