Given Name HEROD

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Biblical
OTHER SCRIPTS: ‘Ηρωιδης, ‘Ηρωδης (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: HER-əd (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

From the Greek name ‘Ηρωιδης (Heroides), which probably means "song of the hero" from ‘ηρως (heros) "hero, warrior" combined with ωιδη (oide) "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.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Heroides, Heroidion (Ancient Greek), Herodes, Herodion (Biblical Greek), Herodes, Herodion (Biblical Latin), Rodion (Russian)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017