Persian Mythology Names

These names occur in the mythologies and legends of Persia, specifically Zoroastrianism.
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AHRIMAN   اهریمن   m   Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of ANGRA MAINYU.
AHURA MAZDA   اهورامزدا   m   Persian Mythology
Means "lord of wisdom" in Avestan. In Persian mythology Ahura Mazda was the supreme creator, and the god of light, truth, and goodness.
AMERETAT   f   Persian Mythology
Means "immortality" in Avestan. This was the name of a Zoroastrian goddess (one of the Amesha Spenta) of plants and long life.
AMORDAD   امرداد   f   Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of AMERETAT.
AMURDAD   امرداد   f   Persian Mythology
Middle Persian form of AMERETAT.
ANAHITA   f   Persian Mythology
Means "immaculate, undefiled" from Avestan a "not" and ahit "unclean". This was the name of the Persian goddess of fertility and water. She was sometimes identified with Artemis, Aphrodite and Athena.
ANGRA MAINYU   m   Persian Mythology
Means "evil spirit" in Avestan. In Persian mythology Angra Mainyu was the god of darkness, death and destruction, the enemy of Ahura Mazda.
ARASH   آرش   m   Persian, Persian Mythology
Possibly means either "truthfulness" or "bright" in Persian. In Persian legend Arash was a Persian archer who was ordered by the Turans to shoot an arrow, the landing place of which would determine the new location of the Persian-Turan border. Arash climbed a mountain and fired his arrow with such strength that it flew for several hours and landed on the banks of the far-away Oxus River.
ASHTAD   اشتاد   f   Persian Mythology
Means "justice" in Persian. This was the name of a Yazata (or angel) in Zoroastrianism.
BAHMAN   بهمن   m   Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Vohu Manah meaning "good mind". This was the name of a Zoroastrian god (one of the Amesha Spenta) associated with domestic animals. It is also the name of the eleventh month in the Iranian calendar.
BAHRAM   بهرام   m   Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Verethragna meaning "victory over resistance". This was the name of a Zoroastrian god (one of the Amesha Spenta) associated with victory and war. This name was borne by several Sassanid emperors. It is also the Persian name for the planet Mars.
FEREYDOUN   فریدون   m   Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "the third" in Persian. In the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh' this is the name of a virtuous king who ruled for 500 years.
GOVAD   m   Persian Mythology
Means "wind" in Persian. This was the name of a Yazata (or angel) associated with the wind in Zoroastrianism.
HAURVATAT   f   Persian Mythology
Means "health, perfection, wholeness" in Avestan. This was the name of a Zoroastrian goddess (one of the Amesha Spenta) of health and water.
HORMAZD   هرمزد   m   Persian Mythology
Persian form of AHURA MAZDA.
HVARE KHSHAETA   m   Persian Mythology
Ancient Avestan form of KHURSHID.
JAM   جم   m   Persian Mythology
Persian form of Avestan Yima meaning "twin" (related to Sanskrit Yama). This was the name of a mythological king, more commonly called Jamshid.
JAMSHED   جمشید   m   Persian, Tajik, Persian Mythology
Variant transcription of JAMSHID, as well as the regular Tajik form.
JAMSHEED   جمشید   m   Persian, Persian Mythology
Variant transcription of JAMSHID.
JAMSHID   جمشید   m   Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Yima Kshaeta, which meant "shining JAM". This was the name of a mythological king of Persia. He is known as either Jamshid or Jam, where Jamshid is a combination of his original name and an honourific.
KAVEH   کاوه   m   Persian, Persian Mythology
Possibly means "royal" in Avestan. In Persian mythology Kaveh is a blacksmith who leads a rebellion against the evil ruler Zahhak.
KHORDAD   خرداد   f   Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of HAURVATAT. This is the name of the third month in the Iranian calendar.
KHURSHID   خورشید   m & f   Persian, Urdu, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Hvare Khshaeta meaning "shining sun". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a Yazata (or angel) who was associated with the sun.
KSHATHRA VAIRYA   m   Persian Mythology
Ancient Avestan form of SHAHRIVAR.
MEHR   مهر   m   Persian, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of MITHRA.
MITHRA   میترا   m   Persian Mythology
Derived from an Indo-Iranian root *mitra meaning "oath, alliance, friend". In Persian mythology he was a god of light and friendship, the son of the supreme god Ahura Mazda. Worship of him eventually spread outside of Persia, where it was known as Mithraism.
MORDAD   مرداد   f   Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of AMORDAD. This is the name of the fifth month in the Iranian calendar.
NAIRYOSANGHA   m   Persian Mythology
Derived from Avestan nairyo "male" and sangha "word". Nairyosangha was a Zoroastrian Yazata (or angel) who served as a messenger for Ahura Mazda.
ORMAZD   اورمزد   m   Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of AHURA MAZDA.
RASHN   رشن   m   Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Rashnu meaning "justice". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a Yazata who judged the souls of the dead.
RASHNU   m   Persian Mythology
Ancient Avestan form of RASHN.
ROSTAM   رستم   m   Persian, Persian Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly from Avestan raodha "to grow" and takhma "strong, brave, valiant". Rostam was a warrior hero in Persian legend. The 11th-century Persian poet Firdausi recorded his tale in the 'Shahnameh'.
SAAM   سام   m   Persian, Persian Mythology
Variant transcription of SAM (2).
SAM (2)   سام   m   Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "dark" in Avestan. This is the name of a hero in the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh'.
SAROSH   سروش   m   Persian Mythology
Middle Persian form of SOROUSH.
SHAHRIVAR   شهریور   m   Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Kshathra Vairya meaning "desirable power". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a god of metal and a protector of the weak. This is also the name of the sixth month of the Iranian calendar.
SIAVASH   سیاوش   m   Persian, Persian Mythology
Means "possessing black stallions" in Avestan. This is the name of a prince in the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh'.
SOHRAB   سهراب   m   Persian, Persian Mythology
Possibly means either "illustrious, shining" or "red water" in Persian. In the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh' this is the name of the son of the hero Rostam.
SOROUSH   سروش   m   Persian Mythology, Persian
Modern Persian form of Avestan Sraosha meaning "obedience". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a Yazata (or angel), later equated with the angel Gabriel.
SRAOSHA   m   Persian Mythology
Ancient Avestan form of SAROSH.
TAHMURAS   طهمورث   m   Persian Mythology
Persian form of Avestan Takhma Urupi meaning "strong body". Takhma Urupi is a hero from the Avesta who later appears in the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh'.
TAKHMA URUPI   m   Persian Mythology
Avestan form of TAHMURAS.
VERETHRAGNA   m   Persian Mythology
Ancient Avestan form of BAHRAM.
VOHU MANAH   m   Persian Mythology
Ancient Avestan form of BAHMAN.
YIMA   m   Persian Mythology
Ancient Avestan form of JAM.
YIMA KSHAETA   m   Persian Mythology
Ancient Avestan form of JAMSHID.
ZAL   زال   m   Persian Mythology
Means "albino" in Persian. In the 11th-century Persian epic the 'Shahnameh' this is the name of a white-haired warrior.
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