Minos
NameNamesakes

Given Name MINOS

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Μινως (Ancient Greek)

Meaning & History

Possibly from a Cretan word or title meaning "king". This was the name of a king of Crete in Greek mythology. He was the son of Zeus and Europa. Because Minos had refused to sacrifice a certain bull to Poseidon, the god had caused his wife Pasiphaë to mate with the bull, which produced the half-bull creature called the Minotaur. Minos had Daedalus construct the Labyrinth to house the beast, but it was eventually slain by Theseus.

Categories

children of Zeus, Greek mythology, kings, mythology, noble titles, uncertain etymology