Gender Masculine
Scripts Μενέλαος(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. mehn-i-LAY-əs(English)

Meaning & History

From the Greek name Μενέλαος (Menelaos), derived either from μένω (meno) meaning "to stay, to wait" or μένος (menos) meaning "mind, strength, force" combined with λαός (laos) meaning "the people". In Greek legend he was a king of Sparta and the husband of Helen. When his wife was taken by Paris, the Greeks besieged the city of Troy in an effort to get her back. After the war Menelaus and Helen settled down to a happy life.

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Entry updated May 29, 2020