I personally love this name! I wouldn't use it on a daughter, though. Not because of the queer associations, but because it's so strongly associated with a historical figure that I admire deeply, and I don't want to put that kind of pressure on my kid. Might use this on an original character, though!
I love the literary background. Great name!
Y'all, c'mon.
What if your child turns out to be straight? Even if it weren't the name of a lesbian poet, it's still REALLY unflattering. Please, do not do this. At all costs, do not name your child Sappho.
Great name with a great history! @parmesan juan your username is hilarious but your "hot take" straight people fear naming their kids after other straight folks in case their kid turns out to be gay? No? Why would being named after a gay person be a bad thing? Not liking the sound of a name or the meaning is one thing, but knocking a name because the most famous bearer is known to be gay is pretty homophobic my dude.
The meaning (and even the original spelling and pronunciation) of the name Sappho are very unclear. For those interested in some current theories (with a derivation from Hittite or Luwian) see here:
Doesn't look very feminine. Sapphire is much prettier as a name.
Sappho is a famous name in Greek. I liked SAPPHO as a name.
It's very feminine. Then again, gems are very feminine to me, except Jasper. I like it, but she might get teased. And wasn't Sappho bisexual?
Being a lesbian who's studied a lot of LGBT+ history, I've found this name to be inherently associated with queer women, and it's well-known (in the lesbian community at least) what the poet Sappho was famous for. I like the sound of the name, but I don't recommend naming a daughter this because she will quickly be turned into a social experiment over it. People will make comments about her parents, they will make homophobic jokes, and if the poor thing turns out to be straight she might have a hard time convincing people of her heterosexuality because of her name.
This name strikes me as masculine, but really it works on either gender. It's one of those names that you could choose before you know the gender of your baby.
According to there is also a Greek saint and martyr named Sappho.
It just think it's ugly and nothing more... sorry.
Sounds more like it could be a nickname for Sapphire/Sapphira.
I don't like this name. The O at the end makes it look ugly, and the association with lesbians is quite strong. It would lead to a lot of teasing when people find out about the historical Sappho.
Pretty. I don't really like the way the 'o' on the end meshes with the name though. I'd also be afraid that people would see me as some man-hating jerk trying to make a statement if I named a girl this.
I don't know what it is about this name. Maybe the history behind it. Maybe that I like sapphires. I don't know--but I like it.
Despite the 'o' at the end, this name sounds very feminine. The name sounds quite exquisite in a way, but also a bit foreign, and having the name would be hard in this world of heterosexist tyranny. It would seem like a statement rather than the case of liking the sound of it, and even though many agree with me that lesbian love is a beautiful thing, people might still assume you're some type of separatist weirdo.
Sappho was an amazing woman and highly respected in her own lifetime as a magnificent poet. Some thought her a poetic goddess and Plato called her the "Tenth Muse".

Sappho was married and bore one daughter, Kleis. Since her love poems addressed both men and women it was likely she was bisexual.
Sappho was, as mentioned, a Greek poetess. She was most likely a member of an aristocratic or similarly powerful Greek family, and was born in the late 700's B.C. To me, this is a lovely name, and a very pretty meaning.
Sappho is a beautiful name of a very respected ancient poet. But anyone thinking of using this name should know that 'sapphism' is an obsolete medical term for female homosexuality. Although there is no historical basis for this because from what little is known of her, it seems that Sappho was heterosexual.
From the poetess Sappho, we get the terms "sapphism" and "lesbian" from her home, the Isle of Lesbos.

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