GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Πολυξενη (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: pə-LIK-sin-ə (English)   [details]

Meaning & History

Latinized form of Greek Πολυξενη (Polyxene) which was from the word πολυξενος (polyxenos) meaning "entertaining many guests, very hospitable", itself derived from πολυς (polys) "many" and ξενος (xenos) "foreigner, guest". In Greek legend she was a daughter of Priam and Hecuba, beloved by Achilles. After the Trojan War, Achilles' son Neoptolemus sacrificed her.
VARIANT: Polyxene
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Polyxeni (Greek), Polissena (Italian)