Gender Masculine
Scripts Ἥφαιστος(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. hi-FEHS-təs(English) hi-FEES-təs(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Latinized form of Greek Ἥφαιστος (Hephaistos), meaning unknown. It probably shares its origin with the Minoan city of Φαιστός (Phaistos), which is of Pre-Greek origin. In Greek mythology Hephaestus was the god of fire and forging, the husband of the unfaithful Aphrodite. It was said that when he was born Hera, his mother, was so displeased with his physical deformities that she hurled him off the top of Mount Olympus.

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Entry updated May 29, 2020