Greek Mythology Submitted Names
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ABARBAREAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἀβαρβαρέη (Abarbareê)
, perhaps derived from Greek α (a)
, a negative prefix, and βαρβαρος (barbaros)
"foreign" (compare Barbara
). This was the name of two nymphs in Greek mythology, the wife of Bucolion
and an ancestor of the Tyrians.
Means "blessed" in Greek. In Greek mythology, he is a divine hero, most known for helping Herakles
capture the four savage mares of Diomedes
, only to be devoured by them.
ABELLIOmCeltic Mythology, Greek Mythology
Some scholars have postulated that Abellio is the same name as Apollo
, who in Crete and elsewhere was called Abelios
(Greek Αβέλιος), and by the Italians and some Dorians Apello
, and that the deity is the same as the Gallic Apollo mentioned by Caesar, and also the same as the Belis or Belenus mentioned by Tertullian and Herodian.... [more]
ACADEMUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἀκάδημος (Akademos)
, which apparently meant "of a silent district". This was the name of a legendary Athenian hero of the Trojan War tales, whose estate (six stadia from Athens) was the enclosure where Plato
taught his school... [more]
ACAMASmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Means "unwearying." Latinized form of Greek Ἀκάμας (Akamas)
. In Greek mythology, Acamas was the son of Theseus
. He took part in the Trojan War and was one of the men who hid inside the Trojan horse and was thus smuggled into the city.
ACARNANmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἀκαρνάν (Akarnan)
, which is derived from Greek ἀκαρνάν (akarnan)
, which is said to mean "laurel", but can also refer to a kind of thistle. In Greek mythology, Acarnan was the son of Alcmaeon
ACASTEfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἂκαστη (Akaste)
, which is the feminine form of Akastos
). This name is borne by two characters in Greek mythology. One was a companion of Persephone
, the other nursed the children of king Acastus of Argos.
ACASTUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἄκαστος (Akastos)
, which is derived from Greek ἄκαστος (akastos)
meaning "maple tree, maple wood". In Greek mythology, Acastus was the king of Iolcus, the oldest son of Pelias
ACESOfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Ἀκεσώ (Akeso)
, derived from ἄκεσις (akesis)
meaning "healing, curing". She was the Greek goddess of healing (wounds) and curing (illness); unlike her sister Panakeia (Panacea
), Aceso personified the process of a curing rather than the cure itself.
A hero of Trojan origin, who founded Segesta on Sicily. In a trial of skill Acestes shot his arrow with such force that it took fire. He helped Aeneas
when the latter arrived on Sicily after his wanderings.
Comes from the surname Acestor
, which was the surname for Apollo
which characterises him as the god of the healing art, or in general as the averter of evil.
ACHAIOSmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
The meaning of this name is a little uncertain; it may have been derived from Greek αχος (achos)
meaning "grief, pain, woe" (also see Achilles
). It is also interesting to note that there is the Greek word achaia
, which was an epithet of the Greek goddess Demeter
Derived from Greek ἄχεα ῥέων (áchea rhéōn)
meaning "the stream of woe". Also compare Greek αχος (achos)
meaning "pain". Some consider the aforementioned meaning to be folk etymology, saying that instead the name might be derived from Greek acherousai
meaning "marsh-like water"... [more]
Means "death-mist, mist-over-eyes" in Greek. In Greek mythology Achlys was the personification of misery and sadness as well as daemon
of the "death-mist", i.e., the clouding over of the eyes preceding death... [more]
The helmsman of a Greek ship on which the god Dionysus
, disguised as a beautiful youth, was taking passage. When the sailors tried to abduct the youth, Acoetes recognized the god and resisted against their plan... [more]
ACRISIUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἀκρίσιος (Akrisios)
, which is possibly derived from Greek ἀκρίς (akris)
meaning "locust". In Greek mythology, Acrisius was a king of Argos who enclosed his daughter Danaë
in an impenetrable bronze tower (or a deep underground cave)... [more]
ACTAEONmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Άκταίων (Aktaion)
, which is derived from Greek ἀκτὴ (akte)
, which can mean "headland, foreland, promontory, cape" as well as "coast, shore". In Greek mythology, Actaeon was son of Aristaeus
in Boeotia... [more]
ACTAEUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἀκταῖος (Aktaios)
, which may have been derived from Greek ἀκτὴ (akte)
, which can mean "headland, foreland, promontory, cape" as well as "coast, shore"... [more]
ACTORmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἄκτωρ (Aktor)
, which is derived from Greek ἄκτωρ (aktōr) meaning "leader", which in turn is ultimately derived from Greek ἄγω (agō)
meaning "to lead"... [more]
Son of Cabas
, and was a Greek logographer, and he also wrote genealogies according to the Suda
Possibly derived from ancient Greek ἀδάμας (adamas
) “invincible, untameable” (composed of the elements ἀ (a
) “not” and δαμάζω (damazo
) “I tame”). In Greek myth, she was the nymph who nursed Zeus
a stone to swallow instead of the new-born Zeus)... [more]
ADMETUSmAncient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Ἄδμητος (Admetos)
, from Greek ἄδμητος (admêtos)
"unbroken" - a word usually reserved for oxen, hence also "wild" or "untamed". In Greek myth this was the name of a king of Pherae in Sicily, the husband of Alcestis, who died for him.
AEACUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Αἰακός (Aiakos)
, which was either derived from Greek ἄϊσσω (aisso)
meaning "to run" or from Greek αιακτος (aiaktos)
meaning "lamentable, wailing"... [more]
Derived from Greek ἀηδών (aēdōn)
"songstress" or from Greek ἀηδονίς (aēdonis)
"nightingale". Also compare Greek ἀοιδή (aoidē)
meaning "song". This was the name of a legendary queen of Thebes who plotted to kill her rival Niobe
's son, but killed her own son accidentally... [more]
AEDOSfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek Αιδως (Aidos)
which meant "modesty, decency". In Greek mythology, Aedos was a goddess or daimona of modesty, reverence and respect and a companion of the goddess Nemesis
In Greek mythology, she nursed Zeus (when Rhea gave Cronus a stone to swallow instead of the new-born Zeus). She is sometimes a woman, sometimes a nymph, and sometimes the daughter of gods. Her name is either connected with the Ancient Greek αίξ
, which signifies a "goat", or with άιξ
, a "gale of wind"; and this circumstance has led some critics to consider the myth about her as made up of two distinct ones, one being of an astronomical nature and derived from the constellation Capella
, the rise of which brings storms and tempests, and the other referring to the goat which was believed to have suckled the infant Zeus in Crete.
Means "stormy one", "goatish", or "Aegean" in Greek. Aegaeon is the god of the storms of the Aegean Sea in Greek mythology.
She was sister to Circe
, and daughter of the sun. When the Titans attacked the gods of Olympus, Gaia
placed Aegea in a cave to hide her shining loveliness.
AEGIALEUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Αἰγιαλεύς (Aigialeus)
, which is derived from Greek αἰγιαλός (aigialos)
meaning "beach, sea-shore". Also compare Greek αἴξ (aix)
meaning "a tall wave"... [more]
AEGINAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From the Greek Αιγινη (Aigine
), which is of unknown meaning, perhaps an alternative name for the plant known as Etruscan honeysuckle in English. In Greek mythology she was a naiad loved by Zeus
, who abducted her in the form of an eagle, carrying her off to the island of Attica... [more]
AEGYPTUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek Aigyptos
(Αἴγυπτος), derived from Amarna Hikuptah
, which corresponds to Egyptian Ha(t)-ka-ptah
"temple of the soul of Ptah
". Historically one of the names of Memphis
, it was taken by the Greeks to be the name of the whole country.... [more]
Derived from Greek ἄελλα (aella)
"whirlwind, tempest". This was the name of a "storm-swift" harpy in Greek myth.
Means "swift-footed like a storm-wind" or "storm-footed" from Greek aella
"storm wind" and pous
"foot". In Greek myth this was the name of a harpy. It was also an epithet of the goddess Iris
, the messenger of the gods.
Possibly from an ancient name for the bee-eater, a type of bird. In Greek myth Aerope was a daughter of the king of Crete, granddaughter of Minos
and wife of Atreus
(to whom she was married after the death of his son and her first husband Pleisthenes
- with whom she had sons Agamemnon
A river god in Greek mythology, personifying the river and town of Aesepus (today Gönen, Turkey).
In Greek mythology, Aether was the personification of the upper air. It has also come to be the name of the fifth element (the heavens) in alchemy.... [more]
AETHRAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Αιθρη (Aithre
) meaning "bright, purer air; the sky" in Greek (from aithein
"to burn, shine"). This was the name of several characters in Greek myth including the mother of Theseus
, a captive of Troy, at the service of Helen
until the city was besieged.
AETNAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Αἴτνη (Aitne
), perhaps from aithein
"to burn". Aetna was the Greek personification of Mount Etna, a volcano on Sicily. Its strange noises were attributed to the ironworking of Vulcan
AEXfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Αιξ (Aix
) meaning "goat". In Greek mythology Aex or Aega was a goat nymph who nursed the infant Zeus in Crete, and he afterwards changed her into the constellation Capella
The son of the Boeotian king Erginus
. Together with his brother Trophonius
he built the temple of Apollo
at Delphi. The oracle told them to indulge themselves in all pleasures for six days and on the seventh their heart's desire would be granted... [more]
The name of various figures in Greek mythology. The most well known Aganippe was the name of both a fountain and the naiad associated with it. The well was created by the hooves of Pegasus and was associated with the Muses as a source of poetic inspiration... [more]
The first element of this name is either derived from Greek ἀγείρω (ageiro)
"to amass" or from Greek ἄγω (ago)
"to guide, to lead" (also see Agis
). The second element is derived from Greek λαος (laos)
Derived from Greek αγρεύς (agreus)
meaning "hunter". In Greek mythology, Agreus is the name of one of the Panes.
AGRONmAlbanian, Greek Mythology
From the Ancient Greek Ἄγρων (Ágrōn
) meaning "field" or "wild, rustic", or from Albanian ag
"dawn". This was the name of an Illyrian king, husband of Teuta
. In Greek mythology, Agron was a youth who lived on the island of Cos and was impious toward the gods, and was consequently turned into a bird.
This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Artemis
, under which title she was regarded as the patron goddess of hunters. Conceivably related to Greek ἄγρᾱ (agra
) "hunt, catch" and the name of the Brythonic war goddess Agrona
, from old Celtic agro
A Naiad associated with a well, spring or fountain of the town of Aia, also known as Kolkhis, on the Black Sea. Her name was taken from that place. According to myth she was loved and pursued by the local river-god Phasis, and saved from him by the gods who transformed her into an island bearing that name.
The first element of this name is probably derived from Greek αἰδώς (aidōs)
, which can mean "reverence, awe, respect" as well as "shame". Also compare Greek αἰδέομαι (aideomai)
meaning "to be ashamed"... [more]
From Greek Αἰδώς aidṓs
"shame, respect, reverence." This is the Greek goddess of shame, modesty, and humility.
Ainia was an Amazon who presumably accompanied Penthesilea to the Trojan War and was eventuelly killed by Achilles. She is known only from an Attic terracotta relief fragment.
Aion comes from the Greek word "Αἰών" meaning century and is the circle encompassing the universe and zodiac. Aion is the god of eternity unlike Chronos (the god of time).
Derived from either the Greek noun αἴθαλος (aithalos)
meaning "thick smoke, smoky flame" or the Greek noun αἰθάλη (aithale)
meaning "soot". Also compare the Greek adjective αἰθαλέος (aithaleos)
meaning "smoky"... [more]
Derived from the Greek noun αἰθος (aithos)
meaning "fire, burning heat", which is ultimately derived from the Greek verb αἴθω (aitho)
meaning "to ignite, to light (up), to kindle, to burn".
AITIONmAncient Greek, Greek Mythology
Derived from the Greek adjective αἴτιος (aitios)
meaning "responsible" as well as "culpable, guilty, blameworthy", which is ultimately derived from the Greek noun αἰτία (aitia)
meaning "responsibility" as well as "guilt, blame, accusation"... [more]
In Greek mythology, Aitne is the name of a nymph seduced by Zeus. This is also the name of one of the moons of Jupiter. Mount Aetna's name also derives from this name.
Means "shore, headland" in Greek. In Greek myth Aktaie was one of the fifty Nereids or goddesses of the sea, particularly responsible for the seashore.
Derived from Greek ἀλαλή (alalē
) meaning "war-cry, battle-cry". This onomatopoeic name belonged to the female personification of the war-cry in Greek mythology. She was an attendant of the war god Ares
, whose war-cry was her name: Alale alala
Means "avenger" in Greek. This was the name of several people in Greek mythology, and was an epithet of Zeus
ALCESTISfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Alkestis
, which literally means "valiant, courageous", derived from alke
"protection, help, strength, power". In Greek myth she was a princess who offered to die in her husband Admetus
' place... [more]
ALCIDICEfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Ἀλκιδίκη (Alkidike)
, which is derived from Greek αλκη (alke)
"strength" combined with Greek δικη (dike)
meaning "justice, judgement" as well as "custom, usage"... [more]
ALCINOUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἀλκίνους (Alkinous)
, derived from αλκη (alke)
"defense, defensive strength, valor" and νους (nous)
"mind". In Greek mythology this was the name of the king of the Phaeacians, who was also the father of Nausicaa
An early goddess who was a daughter of the sun. It is speculated by some that she was possibly a goddess of the morning, or of man's waking sense, which causes him to wake up in the morning; the Doric form of her name is akin to the Greek word for "rooster" (Alectrona
, the feminine genitive of Αλεκτορ, Alektor
, the Greek word for "rooster"), while the Greek form Electryone
is akin to the word for "amber" (Ἠλέκτρα, Elektra
), as in the amber color of sunrise (as opposed to sunset, implied by Helios being her father); naturally, either of which would be an appropriate name for a solar goddess.
Means "he who wards off war" in Greek. From the elements alexi
) and ares
). This name belonged to one of the divine sons of the Greek hero Herakles
and the goddess Hebe
, to whom he was wed following his apotheosis... [more]
The name of a naiad of the springs of the River Grenikos on Mount Ida who was loved by a Trojan king, Priamos. As a name Alexirhoe means "averting flow".
Derived from Greek αλκη (alke)
"strength" combined with Greek ανδρος (andros)
meaning "of a man".
Feminine form of Alkinous
). In Greek mythology this name was borne by several minor characters, including a naiad and a princess of Corinth.
ALMUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἄλμος (Almos)
, which is possibly derived from Greek ἄλμα (alma)
meaning "grove", which in turn is apparently related to Greek ἄλσος (alsos)
meaning "sacred grove"... [more]
ALPHEUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Biblical (Latinized), English
This name can be a variant spelling of the biblical name Alphaeus
, as well as a latinized form of the Greek name Ἀλφειός (Alpheios
). The latter is either derived from Greek ἀλφή (alphē)
meaning "produce, gain, profit", or from Greek ἀλφός (alphos)
, which can mean "whiteness" as well as "white leprosy"... [more]
A Lelegian king who resided at Pedasus, which was situated in or near the Troad. According to Homer
's Iliad Altes was the father of Laothoe
, one of the many wives (or concubines) of King Priam
AMARYNCEUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἀμαρυγκεύς (Amarynkeus)
, though technically Amarygkeus
is the correct spelling (compare Lynceus
in that regard). The name is derived from Greek ἀμαρυγή (amarygē)
meaning "sparkling, twinkling, glancing", which is ultimately derived from the Greek verb ἀμαρύσσω (amaryssō)
meaning "to sparkle, to twinkle, to glance" (see Amaryllis
An epithet or title of the Greek goddess Artemis
meaning "of Amarynthus", Amarynthus being a town in Euboea (according to Stephanus of Byzantium, Euboea itself). The place name may be related to the Greek personal name Amarantos
AMBRACIAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
In Greek mythology Ambracia was the daughter of Melaneus, son of Apollo and Oechalia. The ancient Greek city of Ambracia in Epirus was named after her.
The first element of this name is derived from Greek ἀμφί (amphi)
meaning "on both sides, in all directions, surrounding" as well as "around, about, near". The second element is derived from the Greek verb ἀράομαι (araomai)
meaning "to pray to", which is related to the Greek noun ἀρά (ara)
meaning "prayer"... [more]
The first element of this name is derived from Greek ἀμφί (amphi)
meaning "on both sides, in all directions, surrounding" as well as "around, about, near". The second element is derived from Greek κλεος (kleos)
The first element of this name is derived from Greek ἀμφί (amphi)
meaning "on both sides, in all directions, surrounding" as well as "around, about, near". The second element is derived from the Greek noun λόχος (lochos)
meaning "ambush", a word that later came to signify a tactical sub unit of the ancient Greek army... [more]
The first element of this name is derived from Greek ἀμφί (amphi)
meaning "on both sides, in all directions, surrounding" as well as "around, about, near". The second element is derived from Greek μαχη (mache)
Derived from Greek ἀμφί (amphi)
meaning "on both sides, in all directions, surrounding" as well as "around, about, near". This name is borne by several characters in Greek mythology, one of them being a son of Zeus
by the nymph Antiope
Possibly from Greek amphis
"surrounding" and tris
"third" ("the third" apparently refers to the sea). In Greek mythology Amphitrite was the goddess of saltwater, wife of Poseidon
and mother of Triton
; her offspring also included seals and dolphins... [more]
AMYCUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
This was the name of the first king of the Bebryces tribe in eastern Bithynia (northwestern Anatolia) in Greek legend, the son of Poseidon
and the nymph Melia
. When the Argonauts passed through his territory, Polydeuces managed to defeat Amycus boxing.... [more]
Meaning "without shame", from the Greek aidṓs
(αιδώς) - "shame, decency" , combined with the negative prefix a
. In Greek mythology, Anaideia was the personification of shamelessness, ruthlessness and unforgiveness... [more]
Meaning "force, constraint, necessity." Ananke was the personification of destiny, necessity and fate, depicted as holding a spindle. She marks the beginning of the cosmos, along with Chronos
Means "lord, master" in Greek. In ancient Greece it was a title denoting a tribal king or military leader. In Greek mythology Anax was a giant, son of Uranus
, and father of Asterius
. He was king of the town and territory Anactoria
("place of Anax"), which was later seized by a Cretan who killed Asterius and renamed the city Miletus
after himself... [more]
Means "master of virtue" in Greek. In Greek myth this name belonged to a Cypriot maiden whose rejection of Iphis
incurred the wrath of Aphrodite
. Anaxarete reacted so coolly to the shepherd's passionate love for her that he killed himself; when even the sight of Iphis' dead body did not move her, the goddess of love turned her into stone.
The name of the Titan goddess of the warming heat of fire, the sister of Prometheus
and mother of the metal-working Daktyloi. Her name may be derived from ank
-, a prefix meaning "to reveal or uncover" and further elements meaning "heat"... [more]
ANDRAEMONmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἁνδραίμων (Andraimon)
, which is probably derived from Greek ανηρ (aner)
"man" or Greek ανδρος (andros)
meaning "of a man". This name was borne by roughly five characters in Greek mythology, one of them being one of the suitors of Odysseus' wife Penelope.
Means "man fighter" or "subduer of men", derived from Greek ανδρος (andros)
"of a man" and Greek δαμαω (damao)
"to tame". In Greek mythology, this was the name of an Amazon who fought in the Attic War... [more]
ANDROGEUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἀνδρόγεως (Androgeos)
, which is derived from Greek ανδρος (andros)
meaning "of a man" combined with Greek γεως or γεος (geos)
, the genitive of Greek γῆ (gē)
meaning "earth, land"... [more]
Means "giver of gifts" (or "she who sends forth gifts", "sender-up of gifts") or "spender of gifts" in Greek. This was an epithet (and epiklesis) of the Greek goddesses Demeter
, who had a temple under this name at Phlius in Attica, and Gaia
; it was also applied to Pandora
Probably related to the Greek (angelos) meaning "message." Angelia was the spirit (daimona) of messages, tidings, and proclamations and is a daughter of Hermes
The son of Apollo
. When Rhoeo became pregnant, her father had her placed in a chest and cast into the sea. She landed on the island of Delos where she gave birth to Anius.
A river nymph of the river Nile who was a wife to the Egyptian king Belos. Her name might be derived from the elements αναχεο (anacheo)
meaning "to pour forth" and νοός (noos)
ANTAEUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἀνταῖος (Antaios)
, which is derived from Greek ἀνταῖος (antaios)
meaning "(right) opposite, opposed to, set over against". In turn, it is ultimately derived from the Greek verb ἀντάω (antaō)
meaning "to come opposite (to), to meet face to face, to meet (with)"... [more]
In Greek Mythology, Antandre was an Amazonian warrior. She was one of Penthesilea's twelve companions at Troy. Her name means, "She Who Precedes Men".
ANTENORmAncient Greek, Greek Mythology
The first element of this name is either derived from Greek ἀντ (ant)
"instead of" or from Greek αντι (anti)
"against". The second element is derived from Greek ανηρ (aner)
"man." In Greek mythology, Antenor was a councilor of King Priam during the Trojan War.
Means "love returned" in Greek. Anteros was the Greek god of requited love and the avenger of unrequited love, one of an order of winged love gods called the Erotes.
Feminine given name from Greek Mythology which means "bloom". Anthe was one of the Alkyonides, nymphs of fair weather. After the death of their father at the hands of Herakles, they threw themselves into the sea in their grief and were transformed into kingfishers.
Means "small flower", derived from Greek ἄνθεμον (anthemon)
meaning "flower" combined with the Greek diminutive suffix -ιων (-ion)
. The former is ultimately derived from Greek ανθος (anthos)
meaning "flower, blossom"... [more]
Derived from Greek ἀνθέω (antheō)
meaning "to blossom, to bloom", which is related to Greek ανθος (anthos)
meaning "flower, blossom". In order words, this name is virtually the masculine form of Antheia
Means "embers, burning charcoal" in Greek. In Greek myth this name belonged to one of the nurses of the infant Zeus
Meaning uncertain. In Greek legend this name belonged to a son of Aras, an autochthon who was believed to have built Arantea, the most ancient town in Phliasia. When his sister Araethyrea
died, Aoris renamed the country of Phliasia after her ("Araethyrea").
APHAREUSmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
The meaning of this name is uncertain. It could have been derived from Greek ἀφαρεί (apharei)
, which is an adverb of Greek ἄφαρ (aphar)
, which can mean "straightway, forthwith" as well as "suddenly, quickly"... [more]
Aporia was the spirit of difficulty, perplexity and powerlessness. Her Roman name was Egestas.
In Greek mythology he was a son of Zeus
. He was remembered for having taught people the art of weaving and baking bread. Hera became jealous of his birth, and in anger, transformed Callisto into a bear... [more]
The first element of this name is either derived from Greek αρχος (archos)
"master" or from Greek αρχη (arche)
"origin, source". The second element is derived from Greek πολεμηιος (polemeios)
meaning "aggressive" or "warlike" (see Ptolemy
ARETEfAncient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "perfection" or "excellence" in Greek, literally "that which is good" (the superlative form of which is aristos
"best"), translated through Latin to mean "virtue". Areté was an important concept in Greek philosophy, also sometimes personified as a goddess.
The name of the boat used by Jason and the Argonauts. In modern media, it was the name of the palomino horse used by Xena in the television series 'Xena: Warrior Princess'. The name may originate from the Greek άργυρος
(argyros) meaning "silver".
ARIONmAncient Greek, Greek, Greek Mythology, Popular Culture
In Greek mythology, Arion is the name of a divine immortal talking horse, who is the son of the gods Poseidon and Demeter. In real life, this name was borne by a Greek singer and poet of Methymna on Lesbos, skilled at the cithara and inventor of the dithyramb... [more]
Arius (AD 250 or 256–336) was an ascetic Christian presbyter of Libyan birth, possibly of Berber extraction, and priest in Alexandria, Egypt, of the church of the Baucalis.
Means "swift, fleet, or arching" in Greek. Arke was the messenger of the Titan gods and the twin sister of the rainbow goddess Iris
In the Iliad, Asius is a Trojan hero from Arisbe, the son of Hyrtacus. He was killed in battle after foolishly not heeding the advice of Polydamas.
Derived from the Greek adjective ἀσφαλής (asphales)
meaning "safe, secure" as well as "steadfast, reliable, trustworthy". The word is ultimately derived from the Greek verb ἀσφαλίζω (asphalizo)
meaning "to fortify, to make secure, to make safe"... [more]
Means "little star", derived from the Greek noun ἀστήρ (aster)
meaning "star" combined with the Greek diminutive suffix -ιων (-ion)
ASTERODIAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Derived from Greek αστηρ (aster
) meaning "star" and ‘ροδον (rhodon
) "rose". In Greek myth Asterodia was a nymph who inhabited a Caucasian mountain stream that bore gold (her name may even imply the sparkle of gold, "like a star-rose").
ASTEROPAEUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἀστεροπαῖος (Asteropaios)
, a name of which the first element is derived from Greek αστηρ (aster)
meaning "star". The second element is probably derived from Greek παῖς (pais)
"child", which would give the name as a whole the meaning of "child of the stars, star-child"... [more]
Means "starry-eyed", derived from Greek αστηρ (aster
) "star" and ωψ (ops
) "eye, face". This was the name of multiple characters in Greek myth, including a naiad who died fleeing Prince Aesacus
(although her name is more reminiscent of a star-nymph than a naiad, so perhaps she was envisioned as a shooting star, dying upon the earth)... [more]
From Ancient Greek ἀστραπή (astrapḗ) meaning "lightning". This is the name of a Greek goddess of lightning, sister of Bronte
and an attendant of Zeus
. Her Roman counterpart is Fulgora
Derived from αστερ (aster)
meaning "star, starry". It is the name of a star-nymph daughter of the sun-god Helios
Possibly derived from Greek ἄστυ (astu
) meaning "town" and δαμαω (damao
) "to tame". In Greek myth this name belonged to five individual characters.
Means "gate of the city", derived from Greek ἄστυ (astu)
"city, town" combined with Greek πύλη (pule)
Means "ruin, folly, delusion" in Greek. In Greek mythology she was the goddess (daimona
) of blind folly and delusion, leading men down the path to ruin. Her power was countered by the Litai or Prayers, which followed in her wake.
Basically means "fearless", derived from the Greek negative prefix ἄ- (a-)
combined with Greek τρέω (treō)
meaning "to fear, to dread, to flee from fear". In Greek mythology, Atreus was the son of Pelops and the father of the Greek kings Agamemnon and Menelaus.
ATYMNIUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ἀτύμνιος (Atymnios)
, of which the meaning is fairly uncertain. It may be a compound name that consists of the Greek negative prefix ἄ- (a-)
combined with Greek τυμνία (tumnia)
meaning "rod, stick, wand"... [more]
The name of the daughter of Cadmus, founder of Thebes and Harmonia
, one of the Bacchae in Euripides' play of the same name. The meaning is disputed but it may possibly mean "alone".
Possibly means "he is perceptive, or thoughtful, or has heart or soul". From the Ancient Greek autos
(αὐτός) 'he, she, it, they; himself, herself, itself, themselves; same' and nous
, or noos
(νόος) 'the mind, as in perception, sense, the heart and soul; an act of mind, such as thought, purpose, design'.... [more]
The name of the goddess of spring growth, one of the Horai. The name also functioned as the title of the goddess Persephone
, whose assent from the underworld marked the transition from winter into spring... [more]
Derived from either the Greek adjective ἄξιος (axios)
meaning "worthy, deserving" or from the Greek noun ἀξία (axia)
meaning "worth, value". Both are closely related to the Greek verb ἀξιόω (axioo)
meaning "to think or deem worthy"... [more]
An epithet of the Greek goddesses Demeter and Persephone, likely derived from Greek azê
"dry dirt" or azainô
"to dry up" (cf. Azalea
The name of a naiad of the town of Sparta in Lakedaimonia who married an early Spartan king, Oibalos. Her name is possibly derived from the word βατεο (bateo)
BAUCISfAncient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Derived from Greek βαυκος (baukos)
meaning "prudish". In Greek mythology, Baucis and Philemon were an elderly couple who showed great hospitality to the god Zeus. Baucis was also the name of a Greek poet contemporaneous with Sappho and Erinna whose work is now lost, apostrophized in Erinna's 'Distaff'.
BEBRYCEfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Βεβρύκη (Bebryke)
. In Greek legend Bebryke or Bebryce, otherwise called Βρύκη (Bryke)
or Bryce, was one of the Danaids. The Bebryces, a mythical tribe of people living in Bithynia (a region of Asia Minor also known as Bebrycia), were said to be named for Bebryce (or else for a hero named Bebryx or Bebrycus).
Bellerophon was the Greek hero who tamed Pegasus and killed the Chimera. Later, he attempted to ride Pegasus to Mount Olympus. Zues was angered and he killed him but honored Pegasus by placing him in the sky.
Derived from Greek βενθος (benthos
) meaning "depth of the sea" and κύμα (kyma
) "waves, swells". She was a goddess of waves, a nymph of Ethiopia, the daughter of Poseidon
and wife of an Ethiopian king.
Derived from Greek Βία
"violence", Bia is the personification of force and raw energy.
Derived from Greek βουκόλος (boukolos)
meaning "cowherd, herdsman", which is ultimately derived from Greek βοῦς (bous)
meaning "cow, ox, bull". Also compare the Greek verb βουκολέω (boukoleo)
meaning "to tend cattle".
BREMUSAfGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Βρεμουσα (Bremousa)
, which allegedly meant "raging woman" from Greek βρέμω (bremo)
"to roar, shout, rage". This was the name of one of the twelve Amazon warriors who followed Penthesilea into the Trojan War.
Possibly derived from Greek βρίθω (britho)
, which can mean "to be laden with, to abound" as well as "to be heavy". In Greek mythology, Briseus was the father of Briseis
Possibly means "sweet maiden", from Cretan βριτύ (britu)
"sweet" or "blessing" (Attic glyku
) and martis
"maiden" (Attic parthenos
). This was an epithet of a Cretan goddess of mountains and hunting who was sometimes identified with Artemis
Ancient Greek goddess who was known as the protector of mariners, sailors, and fishermen as well as a prophet specializing in the interpretation of dreams.... [more]
From Ancient Greek βροντή (brontḗ) meaning "thunder". She is the Greek goddess of thunder and the sister of Astrape
. She was one of the Cyclops, who forged Zeus
' thunderbolts/lightning bolts.
In Greek mythology, Byblis was the daughter of Miletus, who fell in love with her twin brother Caunus.
Derived from Thracian búzas
"he-goat, buck" (similar to Indo-European bhugo
"buck" and Greek bous
"ox, cow"); since Thracian was not a Hellenic language, one could probably call Byzas a hellenization of sorts... [more]
CALAISmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Κάλαϊς (Kalais)
, which meant "turquoise" or "chrysolite" (being the name of "a precious stone of a greenish blue"). In Greek myth Calais and his twin brother Zetes
, together known as the Boreads (being sons of Boreas
, god of the north wind), were Argonauts.