Gender Feminine
Scripts Δανάη(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. DA-NA-EH(Classical Greek) DAN-ay-ee(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From Δαναοί (Danaoi), a word used by Homer to designate the Greeks. In Greek mythology Danaë was the daughter of the Argive king Acrisius. It had been prophesized to her father that he would one day be killed by Danaë's son, so he attempted to keep his daughter childless. However, Zeus came to her in the form of a shower of gold, and she became the mother of Perseus. Eventually the prophecy was fulfilled and Perseus killed Acrisius, albeit accidentally.

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Entry updated May 29, 2020