Gender Masculine
Usage Biblical
Scripts Ἡρῴδης, Ἡρώδης(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. HEHR-əd(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From the Greek name Ἡρῴδης (Herodes), which probably means "song of the hero" from ἥρως (heros) meaning "hero, warrior" combined with ᾠδή (ode) meaning "song, ode". This was the name of several rulers of Judea during the period when it was part of the Roman Empire. This includes two who appear in the New Testament: Herod the Great, the king who ordered the slaughter of the children, and his son Herod Antipas, who had John the Baptist beheaded.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesHeroides(Ancient Greek) Herodes(Biblical Greek) Herodes(Biblical Latin)

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Depiction of Herod the Great by James Tissot (c. 1890)Depiction of Herod the Great by James Tissot (c. 1890)


Entry updated May 29, 2020