Orpheus
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This is a wonderful name. And I think there is a song with Nick Cave about him.
-- honungspinglan  1/7/2007
This would be a cool name for a black cat, but for a person, it's a tad too pompous.
-- slight night shiver  5/2/2008
I like the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, but as a name it's a bit odd.
-- alyce  7/14/2008
I love this name! The book "The Princetta" by AnneLaure Bondoux has a character in it named Captain Orpheus McBott.
-- Elira  8/20/2008
In Greek mythology Orpheus was the son of Apollo and Kalliope, and the brother of Linus.
-- MoonAgeDaydreamer  1/10/2009
Orpheus in the myth was gay.
-- Anonymous User  7/12/2009
Yeah, and he supposedly introduced the eromenos-erastes system to the Thrakians.
-- Athena Nike  9/19/2009
I didn't know who "Orpheus" was. I knew this name from "Samba de Orfeu" by Louiz Bonfa and the anime "Phi Brain". I like how this name sounds like :3 (Umm, no "Orfeu" variant?)
-- JapanYoshiTheGamer  11/15/2011
Love this name, very handsome! I'm a fan of most unusual ancient Greek names though. Also the Orpheus and Eurydice myth is one of my favourites. The only potential fault I can see with Orpheus is the lack of usable nicknames.


PS: To some posters above, Orpheus was not 'gay', it even says in the description he had a wife! At the most he was bisexual. And even then... does it really matter?
-- Anonymous User  10/6/2014
I think it's a great name. In a book called inkspell, one main character is called Orpheus, and I loved him so much! :)
And I like so much the greek mythology, there is a story about Orpheus:

"Orpheus, son of Apollo, fell in love with Eurydice, a woman of unique beauty and grace, whom he married and lived happily with for a short time. However, when Hymen was called to bless the marriage, he predicted that their perfection was not meant to last.

A short time after this ominous prophecy, Eurydice was wandering in the forest with the Nymphs, when Aristaeus, a shepherd, saw her and was beguiled by her beauty. He made advances towards her and began to chase her when she attempted to flee. As Eurydice sprinted through the forest, she managed to escape him, but was tragically bitten by a snake and died instantly.

Orpheus sang his grief with his lyre and managed to move everything living or not in the world; both humans and gods were deeply touched by his sorrow and grief.

Apollo then advised his son to descend to Hades and see his wife. Any other mortal would have died, but Orpheus, protected by the gods, went to Hades and arrived at the infamous Stygian realm, passing by ghosts and souls of people unknown. He also managed to charm Cerberus, the monster known to have three heads. Orpheus presented himself in front of the god of the Underworld Hades (Pluto) and his wife Persephone.

Orpheus played his lyre, melting even Hades' cold heart. Hades told Orpheus that he could take Eurydice with him but under one condition; Eurydice would follow him while walking out to the light from the caves of the Underworld, but he should not look at her before coming out to the light because he would lose her forever. If Orpheus was patient enough he would have Eurydice as a normal woman again by his side.

Orpheus was delighted; he thanked the gods and left to ascend to the world. He was trying to hear Eurydice’s steps, but he could not hear anything and he started believing that the gods had fooled him. Of course Eurydice was behind him, but as a shadow, waiting to come to light to become a full woman again. Only a few feet away from the exit, Orpheus lost his faith and turned to see; Eurydice was behind him, but her shadow was whisked back among the dead. Eurydice was gone forever."

It's so sad, but I love it ;)
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2016

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