Given Name PERSEUS
GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Περσευς (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: PUR-see-əs (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Possibly derived from Greek περθω (pertho) meaning "to destroy". In Greek mythology Perseus was a hero who was said to have founded the ancient city of Mycenae. He killed Medusa, who was so ugly that anyone who gazed upon her was turned to stone, by looking at her in the reflection of his shield and slaying her in her sleep.