Ancient Greek Names

These names were used in ancient Greece. See also about Ancient Greek names.
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MILTIADESΜιλτιαδηςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek μιλτος (miltos) meaning "red earth" and the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). This was the name of the general who led the Greek forces to victory against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon.
MNASONΜνασωνmBiblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Possibly means "reminding" in Greek. In Acts in the New Testament Paul stays in Jerusalem with a man named Mnason, a Jew who was originally from Cyprus.
MYRONΜυρωνmEnglish, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μυρον (myron) meaning "sweet oil, perfume". Myron was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek sculptor. Saints bearing this name include a 3rd-century bishop of Crete and a 4th-century martyr from Cyzicus who was killed by a mob. These saints are more widely revered in the Eastern Church, and the name has generally been more common among Eastern Christians. As an English name, it has been used since the 19th century.
MYRRINEΜυρρινηfAncient Greek
Derived from Greek μυρρα (myrrha) meaning "myrrh".
NEOPHYTOSΝεοφυτοςmAncient Greek
Greek name meaning "newly planted", from a word which was derived from νεος (neos) "new" and φυτον (phyton) "plant".
NEREUSΝηρευςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Derived from Greek νηρος (neros) meaning "water". In Greek myth this was the name of a god of the sea, the father of the Nereids. It is mentioned briefly in the New Testament, belonging to a Christian in Rome. This was also the name of a Roman saint of the 1st century, a member of the army, who was martyred with his companion Achilleus because they refused to execute Christians.
NICANORΝικανωρmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Νικανωρ (Nikanor), which was derived from νικη (nike) "victory". This name was borne by several notable officers from ancient Macedon.
NICOLAUSΝικολαοςmGerman, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Nikolaos (see NICHOLAS). This form is also used in Germany as a variant of NIKOLAUS.
NICOMEDESΝικομηδηςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of NIKOMEDES.
NICOSTRATUSΝικοστρατοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of NIKOSTRATOS.
NIKANDROSΝικανδροςmAncient Greek
Means "victory of a man" from the Greek elements νικη (nike) "victory" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). This was the name of a 2nd-century BC Greek poet and grammarian.
NIKANORΝικανωρmAncient Greek
Greek form of NICANOR.
NIKEΝικηfGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Means "victory" in Greek. Nike was the Greek goddess of victory.
NIKEPHOROSΝικηφοροςm & fAncient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "carrying victory" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and φερω (phero) "to carry, to bear". This name was borne by several Byzantine emperors, including the 10th-century Nikephoros II Phokas. Besides being a masculine personal name, it was also a title borne by the goddess Athena.
NIKETASΝικηταςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek νικητης (niketes) meaning "winner, victor". Saint Niketas was a 4th-century bishop of Remesiana in Serbia. He is a patron saint of Romania.
NIKIASΝικιαςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek νικη (nike) meaning "victory". This was the name of an Athenian general who fought in the Peloponnesian war.
NIKODEMOSΝικοδημοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Ancient Greek form of NICODEMUS.
NIKOLAOSΝικολαοςmAncient Greek, Greek
Original Greek form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOMACHOSΝικομαχοςmAncient Greek
Means "battle of victory" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and μαχη (mache) "battle".
NIKOMEDESΝικομηδηςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and μηδομαι (medomai) "to think, to plan". This was the name of a 1st-century saint, a priest beaten to death for refusing to worship the Roman gods.
NIKONΝικωνmAncient Greek, Russian
Derived from Greek νικη (nike) meaning "victory".
NIKOSTRATOSΝικοστρατοςmAncient Greek
Means "army of victory" from Greek νικη (nike) "victory" and στρατος (stratos) "army". This was the name of a Roman saint martyred during the persecutions of emperor Diocletian.
NYMPHODORAΝυμφοδωραfAncient Greek
Derived from Greek νυμφη (nymphe) "bride, nymph" and δωρον (doron) "gift". This was the name of a 4th-century saint who was martyred with her sisters Menodora and Metrodora.
OLYMPIASΟλυμπιαςfAncient Greek
Feminine form of OLYMPOS. This was the name of the mother of Alexander the Great. It was also borne by a 4th-century saint.
OLYMPIODOROSΟλυμπιοδωροςmAncient Greek
From OLYMPOS, the name of the mountain home of the Greek gods, combined with Greek δωρον (doron) "gift".
OLYMPOSΟλυμποςmAncient Greek
From a Greek personal name which was derived from the place name OLYMPOS, the name of the mountain home of the Greek gods.
ONESIMOSΟνησιμοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Original Greek form of ONESIMUS.
ONESIPHOROSΟνησιφοροςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Original Greek form of ONESIPHORUS.
ORIGENESΩριγενηςmAncient Greek
Greek form of ORIGEN.
PAMPHILOSΠαμφιλοςmAncient Greek
Means "friend of all" from Greek παν (pan) "all" and φιλος (philos) "friend".
PANCRATIUSΠανκρατιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Πανκρατιος (Pankratios), derived from παν (pan) "all" and κρατος (kratos) "power". Early Byzantine Christians used this as a title of Christ. It was borne by two saints, a 1st-century Sicilian martyr and a semi-legendary 4th-century Roman martyr.
PANKRATIOSΠανκρατιοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of PANCRATIUS.
PANTALEONΠανταλεωνmAncient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements παν (pan) meaning "all" (genitive παντος) and λεων (leon) meaning "lion". This was the name of a 2nd-century BC king of Bactria. It was also borne by Saint Pantaleon (also called Panteleimon), a doctor from Asia Minor who was martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century. He is a patron saint of doctors and midwives.
PANTHERΠανθηρmAncient Greek
Means "panther" in Greek.
PANTHERASΠανθηραςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek πανθηρ (panther) meaning "panther", ultimately of Sanskrit origin, though folk etymology connects it to Greek παν (pan) "all" and θηραω (therao) "to hunt". According to some legends a Roman soldier named Panthera was the father of Jesus.
PARAMONOSΠαραμονοςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek παραμονη (paramone) meaning "endurance, constancy".
PELAGIAΠελαγιαfAncient Greek, Greek, Polish
Feminine form of PELAGIUS. This was the name of a few early saints, including a young 4th-century martyr who threw herself from a rooftop in Antioch rather than lose her virginity.
PELAGIOSΠελαγιοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of PELAGIUS.
PELAGIUSΠελαγιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Πελαγιος (Pelagios), which was derived from πελαγος (pelagos) "the sea". This was the name of several saints and two popes.
PERICLESΠερικληςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Περικλης (Perikles), which was derived from the Greek elements περι (peri) "around, exceedingly" and κλεος (kleos) "glory". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Athenian statesman and general.
PERIKLESΠερικληςmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of PERICLES.
PHAEDRUSΦαιδροςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Φαιδρος (Phaidros), which meant "bright". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek philosopher, and also of a 1st-century Roman fabulist who was originally a slave from Thrace.
PHAIDROSΦαιδροςmAncient Greek
Greek form of PHAEDRUS.
PHERENIKEΦερενικηfAncient Greek
Ancient Attic Greek form of BERENICE.
PHILANDROSΦιλανδροςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of PHILANDER.
PHILEΦιληfAncient Greek
Feminine form of Philon (see PHILO).
PHILIPPOSΦιλιπποςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of PHILIP.
PHILOΦιλωνmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Φιλων (Philon), which was derived from φιλος (philos) meaning "lover, friend". This was the name of a 1st-century Hellenistic Jewish philosopher and theologian from Alexandria.
PHILOKRATESΦιλοκρατηςmAncient Greek
Means "friend of power" from Greek φιλος (philos) "lover, friend" and κρατος (kratos) "power".
PHILONΦιλωνmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of PHILO.
PHILOTHEOSΦιλοθεοςmAncient Greek
Means "friend of god" from Greek φιλος (philos) "lover, friend" and θεος (theos) "god".
PHOCASΦωκαςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Φωκας (Phokas), which meant "a seal" from Greek φωκη (phoke). This was the name of an early saint and martyr from Asia Minor. Sentenced to death for being a Christian, he is said to have given his killers lodging and then dug his own grave before he was executed.
PHOIBOSΦοιβοςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Greek form of PHOEBUS.
PHOKASΦωκαςmAncient Greek
Greek form of PHOCAS.
PHOTINAΦωτινηfAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of PHOTINE.
PHOTINEΦωτινηfAncient Greek
Derived from Greek φως (phos) meaning "light" (genitive φωτος (photos)). This is the name traditionally given to the Samaritan woman Jesus met at the well (see John 4:7). She is venerated as a saint by the Eastern Church.
PHOTIOSΦωτιοςmGreek, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek φως (phos) meaning "light" (genitive φωτος (photos)).
PLATOΠλατωνmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Πλατων (Platon) which was derived from Greek πλατυς (platys) meaning "broad-shouldered". Plato was one of the most important of the Greek philosophers. He was a pupil of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle. He constructed the theory of Forms and wrote several works, including the 'Republic'.
PLATONΠλατωνmAncient Greek, Greek, Russian
Greek form of PLATO.
PLOUTARCHOSΠλουταρχοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of PLUTARCH.
POLYCARPΠολυκαρποςmAncient Greek (Anglicized)
From the Greek name Πολυκαρπος (Polykarpos) meaning "fruitful, rich in fruit", ultimately from Greek πολυς (polys) "much" and καρπος (karpos) "fruit". Saint Polycarp was a 2nd-century bishop of Smyrna who was martyred by being burned at the stake and then stabbed.
POLYKARPOSΠολυκαρποςmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of POLYCARP.
PORPHYRIOSΠορφυριοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of PORFIRIO.
PRAXITELESΠραξιτεληςmAncient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements πραξις (praxis) "action, exercise" and τελος (telos) "aim, goal". This was the name of a 4th-century BC sculptor from Athens.
PROCHOROSΠροχοροςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of PROCHORUS.
PROKOPIOSΠροκοπιοςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek προκοπη (prokope) "progress, advance". Saint Prokopios was an early Christian martyr who was beheaded in Palestine during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
PTOLEMAIOSΠτολεμαιοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of PTOLEMY.
PTOLEMAISΠτολεμαιςfAncient Greek
Feminine form of Ptolemaios (see PTOLEMY).
PYRRHOSΠυρροςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Greek form of PYRRHUS.
PYRRHUSΠυρροςmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Πυρρος (Pyrros) which meant "flame-coloured, red", related to πυρ (pyr) "fire". This was another name of Neoptolemus the son of Achilles. This was also the name of a 3rd-century BC king of Epirus.
PYTHAGORASΠυθαγοραςmAncient Greek
Derived from PYTHIOS, a name of Apollo, combined with Greek αγορα (agora) meaning "assembly, marketplace". This was the name of a 6th-century BC Greek philosopher and mathematician from Samos. He was the founder of a school of philosophy whose members believed that numbers described the universe.
ROXANAΡωξανηfEnglish, Spanish, Romanian, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latin form of Ρωξανη (Roxane), the Greek form of the Persian or Bactrian name روشنک (Roshanak) which meant "bright" or "dawn". This was the name of Alexander the Great's first wife, a daughter of the Bactrian nobleman Oxyartes. In the modern era it came into use during the 17th century. In the English-speaking world it was popularized by Daniel Defoe, who used it in his novel 'Roxana' (1724).
ROXANEΡωξανηfFrench, English, Ancient Greek
French and English form of ROXANA. This is the name of Cyrano's love interest in the play 'Cyrano de Bergerac' (1897).
SAPPHOΣαπφωfAncient Greek
Possibly from Greek σαπφειρος (sappheiros) meaning "sapphire" or "lapis lazuli". This was the name of a 7th-century BC Greek poetess from Lesbos.
SELEUCUSΣελευκοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Σελευκος (Seleukos), of unknown meaning. This was the name of one of Alexander the Great's generals, who established the Seleucid Empire in Western Asia after Alexander's death.
SELEUKOSΣελευκοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of SELEUCUS.
SIMON (2)ΣιμωνmAncient Greek, Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek σιμος (simos) meaning "flat-nosed". In Greek mythology this was the name of one of the Telchines, demigods who were the original inhabitants of Rhodes.
SIMONIDESΣιμωνιδηςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek σιμος (simos) "flat-nosed" and the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). This name was borne by the 7th-century BC iambic poet Simonides of Amorgos and the 6th-century BC lyric poet Simonides of Ceos.
SOCRATESΣωκρατηςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Σωκρατης (Sokrates), which was derived from σως (sos) "whole, unwounded, safe" and κρατος (kratos) "power". This was the name of an important Greek philosopher. He left no writings of his own; virtually everything that we know of his beliefs comes from his pupil Plato. He was sentenced to death for impiety.
SOKRATESΣωκρατηςmAncient Greek
Greek form of SOCRATES.
SOLONΣολωνmAncient Greek
Possibly from Greek σολος (solos) meaning "lump of iron". This was the name of an Athenian statesman who reformed the laws and government of the city.
SOPHIAΣοφιαfEnglish, Greek, German, Ancient Greek
Means "wisdom" in Greek. This was the name of an early, probably mythical, saint who died of grief after her three daughters were martyred during the reign of the emperor Hadrian. Legends about her probably arose as a result of a medieval misunderstanding of the phrase Hagia Sophia "Holy Wisdom", which is the name of a large basilica in Constantinople.... [more]
SOPHOCLESΣοφοκληςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Σοφοκλης (Sophokles), which was derived from Greek σοφος (sophos) "skilled, clever" and κλεος (kleos) "glory". Sophocles was a 5th-century BC Greek tragic poet.
SOPHOKLESΣοφοκληςmAncient Greek
Greek form of SOPHOCLES.
SOPHOSΣοφοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of SOPHUS.
SOPHUSΣοφοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Σοφος (Sophos) which meant "skilled, clever".
SOSIGENESΣωσιγενηςmAncient Greek
Means "born safely" from Greek σως (sos) "safe, whole, unwounded" and γενης (genes) "born". This was the name of an astronomer from Alexandria employed by Julius Caesar to correct the Roman calendar.
SOSTRATEΣωστρατηfAncient Greek
Means "safe army" from Greek σως (sos) "safe, whole, unwounded" and στρατος (stratos) "army".
STEPHANOSΣτεφανοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek, Greek
Ancient and modern Greek form of STEPHEN.
STRATONΣτρατωνmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek στρατος (stratos) meaning "army". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek philosopher.
SYNTYCHEΣυντυχηfBiblical, Biblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek name meaning "common fate". This is the name of a woman mentioned in Paul's epistle to the Philippians in the New Testament.
TELESPHOROSΤελεσφοροςmAncient Greek
Greek form of TÉLESPHORE.
TELESPHORUSΤελεσφοροςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Telesphoros (see TÉLESPHORE).
THAÏSΘαιςfAncient Greek
Possibly means "bandage" in Greek. This was the name of a companion of Alexander the Great. It was also borne by a 4th-century saint from Alexandria, a wealthy socialite who became a Christian convert. She has been a popular subject of art and literature, including an 1891 novel by Anatole France and an 1894 opera by Jules Massenet.
THAISΘαιςfAncient Greek
Variant transcription of THAÏS.
THALESΘαληςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek θαλλω (thallo) meaning "to blossom". This was the name of a 6th-century BC Greek philosopher and mathematician.
THEMISTOCLESΘεμιστοκληςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Θεμιστοκλης (Themistokles) meaning "glory of the law", from θεμις (themis) "law of nature, divine law" (genitive θεμιστος) and κλεος (kleos) "glory". This was the name of an Athenian statesman and general who was victorious over the Persians in the Battle of Salamis.
THEMISTOKLESΘεμιστοκληςmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of THEMISTOCLES.
THEOCRITUSΘεοκριτοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Θεοκριτος (Theokritos), a Greek name which meant "judge of god" from θεος (theos) "god" and κριτης (krites) "judge, critic". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek poet.
THEODORAΘεοδωραfEnglish, Greek, Ancient Greek
Feminine form of THEODORE. This name was common in the Byzantine Empire, being borne by several empresses including the influential wife of Justinian in the 6th century.
THEODOROSΘεοδωροςmGreek, Ancient Greek
Original Greek form of THEODORE.
THEODORUSΘεοδωροςmAncient Greek (Latinized), Dutch
Latinized form of the Greek name Theodoros (see THEODORE).
THEODOSIAΘεοδοσιαfAncient Greek, Greek
Feminine form of THEODOSIUS.
THEODOSIOSΘεοδοσιοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of THEODOSIUS.
THEODOSIUSΘεοδοσιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Θεοδοσιος (Theodosios) which meant "giving to god", derived from θεος (theos) "god" and δοσις (dosis) "giving". Saint Theodosius of Palestine was a monk who founded a monastery near Bethlehem in the 5th century. This also was the name of emperors of the Eastern Roman and Byzantine Empires.
THEODOTOSΘεοδοτοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of THEODOTUS.
THEODOTUSΘεοδοτοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Θεοδοτος (Theodotos) which meant "given to god" from θεος (theos) "god" and δοτος (dotos) "given". This name belonged to several early saints and martyrs.
THEODOULOSΘεοδουλοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of THEODULUS.
THEODULUSΘεοδουλοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Θεοδουλος (Theodoulos) which meant "slave of god", derived from θεος (theos) "god" and δουλος (doulos) "slave". This name was borne by several early saints.
THEOKLEIAΘεοκλειαfAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of THEKLA.
THEOKRITOSΘεοκριτοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of THEOCRITUS.
THEOPHANESΘεοφανηςmAncient Greek
Means "manifestation of God" from Greek θεος (theos) "god" and φανης (phanes) "appearing". This name was borne by a few saints, including an 8th-century chronicler from Constantinople and a 19th-century Russian Orthodox saint, Theophanes the Recluse, who is Феофан (Feofan) in Russian. Another famous bearer was a 14th-century Byzantine icon painter active in Moscow.
THEOPHANIAΘεοφανιαfAncient Greek
Feminine form of THEOPHANES.
THEOPHILAΘεοφιλαfAncient Greek
Feminine form of THEOPHILUS.
THEOPHILOSΘεοφιλοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of THEOPHILUS.
THEOPHILUSΘεοφιλοςmBiblical, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Θεοφιλος (Theophilos) which meant "friend of god", derived from θεος (theos) "god" and φιλος (philos) "friend". In the New Testament the evangelist Luke addresses his gospel and the Book of Acts to a man named Theophilus.
THEOPHYLAKTOSΘεοφυλακτοςmAncient Greek
Means "watched by god" from Greek θεος (theos) "god" and φυλακτεος (phylakteos) "to be watched". Saint Theophylaktos was a 9th-century bishop of Nicomedia who was banished to Caria.
THEOTIMOSΘεοτιμοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of THEOTIMUS.
THEOTIMUSΘεοτιμοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Θεοτιμος (Theotimos), derived from the elemenets θεος (theos) "god" and τιμαω (timao) "to honour". Saint Theotimus was a 4th-century bishop of Tomi in Scythia.
THERONΘηρωνmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek θηραω (therao) meaning "to hunt".
THOUKYDIDESΘουκυδιδηςmAncient Greek
Greek form of THUCYDIDES.
THUCYDIDESΘουκυδιδηςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Θουκυδιδης (Thoukydides), derived from θεος (theos) "god" (genitive θεου) and κυδος (kydos) "glory" with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). This was the name of a 5th-century BC Athenian historian.
TIMAEUSΤιμαιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized), Biblical Latin, Biblical
Latinized form of the Greek name Τιμαιος (Timaios), derived from τιμαω (timao) "to honour". This is the name of one of Plato's dialogues, featuring Timaeus and Socrates. Timaeus is also the name of a person mentioned briefly in the New Testament (Mark 10:46).
TIMAIOSΤιμαιοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of TIMAEUS.
TIMO (3)ΤιμωfAncient Greek
Feminine form of TIMON.
TIMONΤιμωνmAncient Greek, Biblical, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Dutch
Derived from Greek τιμαω (timao) meaning "to honour, to esteem". It appears briefly in the New Testament. This is also the name of the main character in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Timon of Athens' (1607).
TIMOTEUSΤιμοθεοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Variant of TIMOTHEUS.
TIMOTHEAΤιμοθεαfAncient Greek, Greek
Feminine form of TIMOTHY.
TIMOTHEOSΤιμοθεοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of TIMOTHY.
TRYPHAINAΤρυφαιναfBiblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of TRYPHENA.
TRYPHONΤρυφωνmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek τρυφη (tryphe) meaning "softness, delicacy". Saint Tryphon, a gooseherder from Syria, was martyred in the 3rd century.
TRYPHOSAΤρυφωσαfBiblical, Biblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek τρυφη (tryphe) meaning "softness, delicacy". In the New Testament this name is mentioned briefly as belonging to a companion of Tryphena.
TYCHONΤυχωνmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
From Greek τυγχανω (tynchano) meaning "hit the mark, succeed". This was the name of a minor diety associated with Priapus in Greek mythology. It was also borne by a 5th-century saint from Cyprus.
XANTHEΞανθηfGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek ξανθος (xanthos) meaning "yellow" or "fair hair". This was the name of a few minor figures in Greek mythology.
XANTHIPPEΞανθιππηfAncient Greek
Feminine form of XANTHIPPOS. This was the name of the wife of Socrates. Because of her supposedly argumentative nature, the name has been adopted (in the modern era) as a word for a scolding, ill-tempered woman.
XANTHIPPOSΞανθιπποςmAncient Greek
From the Greek elements ξανθος (xanthos) "yellow" and ‘ιππος (hippos) "horse". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Athenian general.
XANTHOSΞανθοςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
From Greek ξανθος (xanthos) meaning "yellow". This is the name of several figures, mostly minor, in Greek mythology.
XENIAΞενιαfGreek, Ancient Greek
Means "hospitality" in Greek, a derivative of ξενος (xenos) "foreigner, guest". This was the name of a 5th-century saint who is venerated in the Eastern Church.
XENOΞενωfAncient Greek
Feminine form of XENON.
XENOCRATESΞενοκρατηςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Ξενοκρατης (Xenokrates), which was derived from ξενος (xenos) "foreigner, guest" and κρατος (kratos) "power". This was the name of a 4th-century BC Greek philosopher.
XENOKRATESΞενοκρατηςmAncient Greek
Greek form of XENOCRATES.
XENONΞενωνmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek ξενος (xenos) "foreigner, guest".
XENOPHONΞενοφωνmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek ξενος (xenos) "foreign, strange" and φωνη (phone) "voice". This was the name of a 4th-century BC Greek historian.
ZENAISΖηναιςfAncient Greek
Ancient Greek variant of ZENAIDA.
ZENOΖηνωνmAncient Greek (Latinized), Italian
From the Greek name Ζηνων (Zenon), which was derived from the name of the Greek god ZEUS. Zeno was the name of two famous Greek philosophers: Zeno of Elea and Zeno of Citium, the founder of the Stoic school in Athens.
ZENOBIAΖηνοβιαfAncient Greek
Means "life of Zeus", derived from Greek Ζηνο (Zeno), a prefix form of the name of ZEUS, combined with βιος (bios) "life". This was the name of a 3rd-century queen of Palmyra. After claiming the title 'Queen of the East' and expanding her realm into Roman territory she was defeated by emperor Aurelian.
ZENOBIOSΖηνοβιοςmAncient Greek
Masculine form of ZENOBIA.
ZENONΖηνωνmAncient Greek, Polish
Older form of ZENO, as well as the modern Polish form.
ZEPHYROSΖεφυροςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Greek form of ZEPHYR.
ZOEΖωηfEnglish, Italian, Ancient Greek
Means "life" in Greek. From early times it was adopted by Hellenized Jews as a translation of EVE. It was borne by two early Christian saints, one martyred under emperor Hadrian, the other martyred under Diocletian. The name was common in the Byzantine Empire, being borne by a ruling empress of the 11th century. As an English name, Zoe has only been in use since the 19th century. It has generally been more common among Eastern Christians (in various spellings).
ZOPYROSΖωπυροςmAncient Greek
Means "glowing" in Greek. This was the name of a Persian nobleman who aided his king Darius in the capture of Babylon. He did this by mutilating himself and then going to the Babylonians claiming that it had been Darius who did it to him. After gaining their trust he betrayed them.
ZOSIMEΖωσιμηfAncient Greek
Feminine form of Zosimos (see ZOSIMUS).
ZOSIMOSΖωσιμοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of ZOSIMUS.
ZOSIMUSΖωσιμοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Ζωσιμος (Zosimos), a Greek name derived from ζωσιμος (zosimos) meaning "viable" or "likely to survive". This was the name of several early saints and a pope.
ZOTICUSΖωτικοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ζωτικος (Zotikos), derived from ζωτικος (zotikos) meaning "full of life". This was the name of several early saints.
ZOTIKOSΖωτικοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of ZOTICUS.
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