Ancient Greek Names

These names were used in ancient Greece. See also about Ancient Greek names.
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ACACIUSΑκακιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of AKAKIOS.
ACHAIKOSΑχαικοςmBiblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of ACHAICUS.
ACHILLESΑχιλλευςmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek Αχιλλευς (Achilleus) which is of unknown meaning, perhaps derived from Greek αχος (achos) "pain" or else from the name of the Achelous River. This was the name of a warrior in Greek legend, one of the central characters in Homer's 'Iliad'. The bravest of the Greek heroes in the war against the Trojans, he was eventually killed by an arrow to his heel, the only vulnerable part of his body.... [more]
ACHILLEUSΑχιλλευςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Original Greek form of ACHILLES.
AESCHYLUSΑισχυλοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αισχυλος (Aischylos), derived from αισχος (aischos) "shame". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Athenian historian.
AESOPΑισωποςmAncient Greek (Anglicized)
From the Greek Αισωπος (Aisopos), which is of unknown meaning. This was the name of a Greek fabulist of the 6th century BC, famous for such tales as 'The Tortoise and the Hare'.
AGAPEΑγαπηfGreek, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek αγαπη (agape) meaning "love". This name was borne by at least two early saints.
AGAPETOSΑγαπητοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of AGAPITO.
AGAPETUSΑγαπητοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Agapetos (see AGAPITO).
AGAPIOSΑγαπιοςmGreek, Ancient Greek
Masculine form of AGAPE. This was the name of a saint from Caesarea who was martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
AGATHAΑγαθηfEnglish, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αγαθη (Agathe), derived from Greek αγαθος (agathos) meaning "good". Saint Agatha was a 3rd-century martyr from Sicily who was tortured and killed after spurning the advances of a Roman official. The saint was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings). The mystery writer Agatha Christie (1890-1976) was a famous modern bearer of this name.
AGATHONΑγαθωνmAncient Greek
Greek masculine form of AGATHA.
AGNES‘ΑγνηfEnglish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Αγνη (Hagne), derived from Greek ‘αγνος (hagnos) meaning "chaste". Saint Agnes was a virgin martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The name became associated with Latin agnus "lamb", resulting in the saint's frequent depiction with a lamb by her side. Due to her renown, the name became common in Christian Europe, being especially popular in England in the Middle Ages.
AIKATERINEΑικατερινηfAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of KATHERINE.
AKAKIOSΑκακιοςmGreek, Ancient Greek
From a Greek word meaning "innocent, not evil", derived from α (a), a negative prefix, combined with κακη (kake) "evil". This was the name of three early saints, two of whom were martyred.
ALCAEUSΑλκαιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αλκαιος (Alkaios), derived from αλκη (alke) "strength". This was the name of a 7th-century BC lyric poet from the island of Lesbos.
ALCIBIADESΑλκιβιαδηςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αλκιβιαδης (Alkibiades), derived from αλκη (alke) "strength" and βια (bia) "force" with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). This was the name of a notable Greek statesman and general during the Peloponnesian War. He changed allegiance from Athens to Sparta and back again during the course of the war.
ALEXANDERΑλεξανδροςmEnglish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hungarian, Slovak, Biblical, Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αλεξανδρος (Alexandros), which meant "defending men" from Greek αλεξω (alexo) "to defend, help" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek mythology this was another name of the hero Paris, and it also belongs to several characters in the New Testament. However, the most famous bearer was Alexander the Great, king of Macedon. In the 4th century BC he built a huge empire out of Greece, Egypt, Persia, and parts of India. Due to his fame, and later medieval tales involving him, use of his name spread throughout Europe.... [more]
ALEXANDRAΑλεξανδραfEnglish, German, Dutch, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Greek, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Catalan, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Feminine form of ALEXANDER. In Greek mythology this was a Mycenaean epithet of the goddess Hera, and an alternate name of Cassandra. It was borne by several early Christian saints, and also by the wife of Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia. She was from Germany and had the birth name Alix, but was renamed Александра (Aleksandra) upon joining the Russian Church.
ALEXANDROSΑλεξανδροςmGreek, Ancient Greek, Biblical Greek, Greek Mythology
Ancient and modern Greek form of ALEXANDER.
ALEXIOSΑλεξιοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of ALEXIUS.
ALEXISΑλεξιςm & fGerman, French, English, Greek, Ancient Greek
From the Greek name Αλεξις (Alexis), which meant "helper" or "defender", derived from Greek αλεξω (alexo) "to defend, to help". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek comic poet, and also of several saints. It is used somewhat interchangeably with the related name Αλεξιος or Alexius, borne by five Byzantine emperors. In the English-speaking world it is more commonly used as a feminine name.
ALEXIUSΑλεξιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αλεξιος (Alexios), a derivative of Αλεξις (see ALEXIS). This was the name of five Byzantine emperors. It was also borne by a 5th-century Syrian saint who is especially venerated in the Eastern Church.
ALKAIOSΑλκαιοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of ALCAEUS.
ALKIBIADESΑλκιβιαδηςmAncient Greek
Greek form of ALCIBIADES.
AMBROSIAΑμβροσιαfAncient Greek
Feminine form of Ambrosios (see AMBROSE).
AMBROSIOSΑμβροσιοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of AMBROSE.
AMBROSIUSΑμβροσιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of AMBROSIOS.
AMPELIOSΑμπελιοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of AMPELIO.
AMPELIUSΑμπελιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Ampelios (see AMPELIO).
AMYNTASΑμυνταςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek αμυντωρ (amyntor) meaning "defender". This was the name of several kings of Macedon.
ANACLETUSΑνακλητοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ανακλητος (Anakletos), derived from ανακλητος (anakletos) meaning "invoked". This was the name of the third pope.
ANAKLETOSΑνακλητοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of ANACLETUS.
ANASTASIAΑναστασιαfGreek, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, English, Spanish, Italian, Georgian, Ancient Greek
Feminine form of ANASTASIUS. This was the name of a 4th-century Dalmatian saint who was martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. Due to her, the name has been common in Eastern Orthodox Christianity (in various spellings). As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages. A famous bearer was the youngest daughter of the last Russian tsar Nicholas II, who was rumoured to have escaped the execution of her family in 1918.
ANASTASIOSΑναστασιοςmGreek, Ancient Greek
Original Greek form of ANASTASIUS.
ANASTASIUSΑναστασιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αναστασιος (Anastasios) which meant "resurrection" from Greek αναστασις (anastasis) (composed of the elements ανα (ana) "up" and στασις (stasis) "standing"). This was the name of numerous early saints and martyrs, including a 7th-century monk and writer from Alexandria who is especially venerated in the Eastern Church.
ANATOLIOSΑνατολιοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of ANATOLIUS.
ANATOLIUSΑνατολιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek Ανατολιος (Anatolios), derived from ανατολη (anatole) meaning "sunrise". Saint Anatolius was a 3rd-century philosopher from Alexandria.
ANAXAGORASΑναξαγοραςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek αναξ (anax) meaning "master, lord" and αγορα (agora) meaning "assembly, marketplace". This name was borne by a 5th-century BC Greek philosopher.
ANDREASΑνδρεας, ΑνδριαςmGerman, Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Welsh, Ancient Greek, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Ancient Greek and Latin form of ANDREW. It is also the form used in modern Greek, German and Welsh.
ANDROCLESΑνδροκληςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek Ανδροκλης (Androkles) which meant "glory of a man", derived from ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος) and κλεος (kleos) "glory". This was the name of a man who pulled a thorn from a lion's paw in one of Aesop's fables.
ANDROKLESΑνδροκληςmAncient Greek
Greek form of ANDROCLES.
ANDRONICUSΑνδρονικοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ανδρονικος (Andronikos) which meant "victory of a man", from ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος) and νικη (nike) meaning "victory". This name was used by Shakespeare in his play 'Titus Andronicus' (1593).
ANDRONIKOSΑνδρονικοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of ANDRONICUS.
ANICETUSΑνικητοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ανικητος (Aniketos), meaning "unconquerable". This was the name of an early pope.
ANIKETOSΑνικητοςmGreek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of ANICETUS.
ANTHOUSAΑνθουσαfAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of ANFISA.
ANTIGONOSΑντιγονοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of ANTIGONUS.
ANTIGONUSΑντιγονοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αντιγονος (Antigonos), derived from αντι (anti) "against, compared to, like" and γονευς (goneus) "ancestor". This was the name of one of Alexander the Great's generals. After Alexander died, he took control of most of Asia Minor.
ANTIOCHOSΑντιοχοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of ANTIOCHUS.
ANTIOCHUSΑντιοχοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αντιοχος (Antiochos), derived from Greek αντι (anti) "against, compared to, like" and οχη (oche) "support". This was the name of several rulers of the Seleucid Empire.
ANTIPATERΑντιπατροςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αντιπατρος (Antipatros), which meant "like the father" from Greek αντι (anti) "against, compared to, like" and πατηρ (pater) "father" (genitive πατρος). This was the name of an officer of Alexander the Great who became the regent of Macedon during Alexander's absence.
ANTIPATROSΑντιπατροςmAncient Greek
Greek form of ANTIPATER.
APHRODISIAΑφροδισιαfAncient Greek
Feminine form of APHRODISIOS.
APHRODISIOSΑφροδισιοςmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek personal name which was derived from the name of the Greek goddess APHRODITE.
APOLLINARISΑπολλιναριςmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek name derived from the name of the god APOLLO. This was the name of several early saints and martyrs, including a bishop of Ravenna and a bishop of Hierapolis.
APOLLODOROSΑπολλοδωροςmAncient Greek
Means "gift of Apollo" from the name of the god APOLLO combined with Greek δωρον (doron) "gift".
APOLLONIAΑπολλωνιαfAncient Greek, Italian
Feminine form of APOLLONIOS. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint and martyr from Alexandria.
APOLLONIOSΑπολλωνιοςmAncient Greek
From an ancient Greek personal name which was derived from the name of the Greek god APOLLO. It was borne by a Greek poet of the 3rd century BC. Several saints have also had this name.
ARCADIUSΑρκαδιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of ARKADIOS.
ARCHELAOSΑρχελαοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of ARCHELAUS.
ARCHELAUSΑρχελαοςmAncient Greek (Latinized), Biblical Latin, Biblical
Latinized form of the Greek name Αρχελαος (Archelaos), which meant "master of the people" from αρχος (archos) "master" and λαος (laos) "people". This was the name of a son of Herod the Great. He ruled over Judea, Samaria and Idumea.
ARCHIMEDESΑρχιμηδηςmAncient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements αρχος (archos) "master" and μηδομαι (medomai) "to think, to plan". This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek mathematician, astronomer and inventor.
ARCHIPPOSΑρχιπποςmAncient Greek
Means "master of horses" from the Greek elements αρχος (archos) "master" and ‘ιππος (hippos) "horse".
ARGYROSΑργυροςmAncient Greek
Means "silver" in Greek.
ARISTARCHOSΑρισταρχοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of ARISTARCHUS.
ARISTARCHUSΑρισταρχοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αρισταρχος (Aristarchos), derived from αριστος (aristos) "best" and αρχος (archos) "master". This name was borne by Aristarchus of Samos, a 3rd-century BC Greek astronomer and mathematician.
ARISTEIDESΑριστειδηςmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of ARISTIDES.
ARISTIDESΑριστειδηςmAncient Greek (Latinized), Spanish, Portuguese
From the Greek name Αριστειδης (Aristeides), derived from αριστος (aristos) "best" and the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). This name was borne by the 5th-century BC Athenian statesman Aristides the Just, who was renowned for his integrity. It was also the name of a 2nd-century saint.
ARISTOCLESΑριστοκληςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Αριστοκλης (Aristokles) which meant "the best glory", derived from αριστος (aristos) "best" and κλεος (kleos) "glory". This was the real name of the philosopher Plato.
ARISTODEMOSΑριστοδημοςmAncient Greek, Greek Mythology
Derived from the Greek elements αριστος (aristos) "best" and δημος (demos) "the people". This was the name of a descendant of Herakles in Greek legend.
ARISTOKLESΑριστοκληςmAncient Greek
Greek form of ARISTOCLES.
ARISTOMACHEΑριστομαχηfAncient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements αριστος (aristos) "best" and μαχη (mache) "battle".
ARISTONΑριστωνmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek αριστος (aristos) meaning "the best".
ARISTOPHANESΑριστοφανηςmAncient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements αριστος (aristos) "best" and φανης (phanes) "appearing". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Athenian playwright.
ARISTOTELESΑριστοτεληςmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of ARISTOTLE.
ARISTOTLEΑριστοτεληςmAncient Greek (Anglicized)
From the Greek name Αριστοτελης (Aristoteles) which meant "the best purpose", derived from αριστος (aristos) "best" and τελος (telos) "purpose, aim". This was the name of a Greek philosopher of the 4th century BC who made lasting contributions to Western thought, including the fields of logic, metaphysics, ethics and biology.
ARKADIOSΑρκαδιοςmAncient Greek
From an ancient Greek name meaning "of Arcadia". Arcadia was a region in Greece, its name deriving from αρκτος (arktos) "bear". This was the name of a 3rd-century saint and martyr.
ARSENIOSΑρσενιοςmAncient Greek
Means "virile" in Greek. Saint Arsenius was a 5th-century deacon who was tutor to the two sons of the Roman emperor Theodosius. The two sons, Arcadius and Honorius, divided the empire into eastern and western halves upon their father's death.
ARSENIUSΑρσενιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of ARSENIOS.
ARTEMIDOROSΑρτεμιδωροςmAncient Greek
Means "gift of Artemis" from the name of the goddess ARTEMIS combined with Greek δωρον (doron) "gift". This was the name of a Greek author of the 2nd century who wrote about the interpretation of dreams.
ARTEMIOSΑρτεμιοςmAncient Greek
From an ancient Greek name which was derived from the name of the Greek goddess ARTEMIS. This was the name of a 4th-century general in the Roman army who is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church.
ARTEMISIAΑρτεμισιαfAncient Greek
Feminine form of ARTEMISIOS. This was the name of the 4th-century BC builder of the Mausoleum, one of the seven wonders of the world. She built it in memory of her husband, the Carian prince Mausolus.
ARTEMISIOSΑρτεμισιοςmAncient Greek
From an ancient Greek name which was derived from the name of the Greek goddess ARTEMIS.
ARTEMIUSΑρτεμιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of ARTEMIOS.
ARTEMONΑρτεμωνmAncient Greek
From an ancient Greek name which was derived from the name of the Greek goddess ARTEMIS.
ASKLEPIADESΑσκληπιαδηςmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek personal name which was derived from the name of the Greek god ASKLEPIOS combined with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). It was borne by several Greek physicians.
ASPASIAΑσπασιαfAncient Greek
Derived from Greek ασπασιος (aspasios) meaning "welcome, embrace". This was the name of the lover of Pericles (5th century BC).
ATHANASΑθαναςmAncient Greek
Short form of Athanasios (see ATHANASIUS).
ATHANASIAΑθανασιαfGreek, Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Athanasios (see ATHANASIUS).
ATHANASIOSΑθανασιοςmGreek, Ancient Greek
Original Greek form of ATHANASIUS.
ATHANASIUSΑθανασιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Αθανασιος (Athanasios) meaning "immortal", from Greek α (a), a negative prefix, combined with θανατος (thanatos) "death". Saint Athanasius was a 4th-century bishop of Alexandria who strongly opposed Arianism.
ATHENAISΑθηναιςfAncient Greek
Ancient Greek personal name which was derived from the name of the Greek goddess ATHENA.
AUXENTIOSΑυξεντιοςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek αυξανω (auxano) meaning "to increase, to grow". This name was borne by a few early saints.
AUXENTIUSΑυξεντιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of AUXENTIOS.
BASILEIOSΒασιλειοςmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of BASIL (1).
BASILIUSΒασιλειοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of BASILEIOS.
BERENICEΒερενικηfEnglish, Italian, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Βερενικη (Berenike), the Macedonian form of the Greek name Φερενικη (Pherenike), which meant "bringing victory" from φερω (phero) "to bring" and νικη (nike) "victory". This name was common among the Ptolemy ruling family of Egypt, a dynasty which was originally from Macedon. It occurs briefly in Acts in the New Testament (in most English Bibles it is spelled Bernice) belonging to a sister of King Herod Agrippa II. As an English name, Berenice came into use after the Protestant Reformation.
BERENIKEΒερενικηfAncient Greek
Ancient Macedonian form of BERENICE.
BIONΒιωνmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek name derived from βιος (bios) meaning "life".
CALLIASΚαλλιαςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of KALLIAS.
CASSANDERΚασσανδροςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Κασσανδρος (Kassandros), the masculine form of CASSANDRA. This was the name of a 3rd-century BC king of Macedon.
CHARESΧαρηςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek χαρις (charis) meaning "grace, kindness". This was the name of a 4th-century BC Athenian general. It was also borne by the sculptor who crafted the Colossus of Rhodes.
CHARISΧαριςfAncient Greek, English (Rare)
Feminine form of CHARES. It came into use as an English given name in the 17th century.
CHARITONΧαριτωνmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek χαρις (charis) meaning "grace, kindness". This was the name of a 1st-century Greek novelist.
CHARMIONΧαρμιονfAncient Greek
Greek name derived from χαρμα (charma) meaning "delight". This was the name of one of Cleopatra's servants, as recorded by Plutarch.
CHLOEΧλοηfEnglish, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "green shoot" in Greek, referring to new plant growth in the spring. This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Demeter. The name is also mentioned by Paul in one of his epistles in the New Testament. As an English name, Chloe has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.
CHRYSANTHEΧρυσανθηfAncient Greek
Feminine form of CHRYSANTHOS.
CHRYSANTHOSΧρυσανθοςmGreek, Ancient Greek
Means "golden flower" from Greek χρυσεος (chryseos) "golden" combined with ανθος (anthos) "flower". This name was borne by a semi-legendary 3rd-century Egyptian saint.
CLEISTHENESΚλεισθενηςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Κλεισθενης (Kleisthenes), derived from κλεος (kleos) "glory" and σθενος (sthenos) "strength". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Athenian statesman and reformer. He helped establish democracy in Athens.
CLEITUSΚλειτοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of KLEITOS.
CLEONΚλεωνmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Κλεων (Kleon), a Greek name derived from κλεος (kleos) "glory".
CLEOPATRAΚλεοπατραfAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Κλεοπατρα (Kleopatra) which meant "glory of the father", derived from κλεος (kleos) "glory" combined with πατηρ (pater) "father" (genitive πατρος), This was the name of queens of Egypt from the Ptolemaic royal family, including Cleopatra VII, the mistress of both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. After being defeated by Augustus she committed suicide by allowing herself to be bitten by an asp. Shakespeare's tragedy 'Antony and Cleopatra' (1606) is based on her.
CLISTHENESΚλεισθενηςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Variant of CLEISTHENES.
CLITUSΚλειτοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of KLEITOS.
CORINNAΚορινναfGerman, Italian, English, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Κοριννα (Korinna), which was derived from κορη (kore) "maiden". This was the name of a Greek lyric poet of the 5th century BC. The Roman poet Ovid used it for the main female character in his book 'Amores'. In the modern era it has been in use since the 17th century, when Robert Herrick used it in his poem 'Corinna's going a-Maying'.
COSMASΚοσμαςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Κοσμας (Kosmas), which was derived from κοσμος (kosmos) meaning "order, decency". Saint Cosmas was martyred with his twin brother Damian in the 4th century. They are the patron saints of physicians.
CYRILLUSΚυριλλοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of KYRILLOS.
CYRUSΚυροςmEnglish, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
From Κυρος (Kyros), the Greek form of the Persian name Kūrush, which may mean "far sighted" or "young". The name is sometimes associated with Greek κυριος (kyrios) "lord". It was borne by several kings of Persia, including Cyrus the Great, who conquered Babylon. He is famous in the Old Testament for freeing the captive Jews and allowing them to return to Israel. As an English name, it first came into use among the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation.
DAMIANOSΔαμιανοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of DAMIAN.
DAMIANUSΔαμιανοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of DAMIANOS.
DAREIOSΔαρειοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of DARIUS.
DEMETRIAΔημητριαfAncient Greek, English
Feminine form of DEMETRIUS.
DEMETRIOSΔημητριοςmAncient Greek, Greek
Original Greek form of DEMETRIUS.
DEMETRIUSΔημητριοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Δημητριος (Demetrios), which was derived from the name of the Greek goddess DEMETER (1). Kings of Macedon and the Seleucid kingdom have had this name. This was also the name of several early saints including a Saint Demetrius who was martyred in the 4th century.
DEMOCRITUSΔημοκριτοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Δημοκριτος (Demokritos), a Greek name meaning "judge of the people" from the elements δημος (demos) "the people" and κριτης (krites) "judge, critic". This was the name of a Greek philosopher, the creator of the atomic theory.
DEMOKRITOSΔημοκριτοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of DEMOCRITUS.
DEMONΔημωνmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek name derived from δημος (demos) "the people".
DEMOSTHENESΔημοσθενηςmAncient Greek
Means "vigour of the people" from Greek δημος (demos) "the people" and σθενος (sthenos) "vigour, strength". This was the name of both an Athenian general of the 5th century and an Athenian orator of the 4th century.
DEMOSTRATEΔημοστρατηfAncient Greek
Means "army of the people", derived from the Greek elements δημος (demos) "the people" and στρατος (stratos) "army".
DIOCLESΔιοκληςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of DIOKLES.
DIODOROSΔιοδωροςmAncient Greek
Greek form of DIODORUS.
DIODORUSΔιοδωροςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Διοδωρος (Diodoros) which meant "gift of Zeus", derived from the elements Διος (Dios) meaning "of ZEUS" and δωρον (doron) meaning "gift". This was the name of a 1st-century BC Greek historian.
DIODOTOSΔιοδοτοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of DIODOTUS.
DIODOTUSΔιοδοτοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Διοδοτος (Diodotos), a Greek name which meant "given by Zeus" from Διος (Dios) meaning "of ZEUS" and δοτος (dotos) meaning "given".
DIOGENESΔιογενηςmAncient Greek
Means "born of Zeus" from Greek Διος (Dios) meaning "of ZEUS" and γενης (genes) meaning "born". This was the name of a Greek Cynic philosopher.
DIOKLESΔιοκληςmAncient Greek
Means "glory of Zeus" from Greek Διος (Dios) meaning "of ZEUS" and κλεος (kleos) meaning "glory".
DIONΔιωνmAncient Greek, English
Short form of DIONYSIOS and other Greek names beginning with the Greek element Διος (Dios) meaning "of ZEUS". This was the name of a 4th-century BC tyrant of Syracuse. It has been used as an American given name since the middle of the 20th century.
DIONYSIOSΔιονυσιοςmGreek, Ancient Greek
Greek personal name derived from the name of the Greek god DIONYSOS. Famous bearers include two early tyrants of Syracuse and a 1st-century BC Greek rhetorician.
DIONYSIUSΔιονυσιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized), Biblical
Latin form of DIONYSIOS. Dionysius the Areopagite, who is mentioned in the New Testament, was a judge converted to Christianity by Saint Paul. This was also the name of many other early saints, including a 3rd-century pope.
DIONYSODOROSΔιονυσοδωροςmAncient Greek
Means "gift of Dionysos" from the name of the god DIONYSOS combined with Greek δωρον (doron) "gift".
DORISΔωριςfEnglish, German, Croatian, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
From the ancient Greek name Δωρις (Doris) which meant "Dorian woman". The Dorians were a Greek tribe who occupied the Peloponnese starting in the 12th century BC. In Greek mythology Doris was a sea nymph, one of the many children of Oceanus and Tethys. It began to be used as an English name in the 19th century. A famous bearer is the American actress Doris Day (1924-).
DRACOΔρακωνmAncient Greek (Latinized)
From the Greek name Δρακων (Drakon) which meant "dragon, serpent". This was the name of a 7th-century BC Athenian legislator. This is also the name of a constellation in the northern sky.
DRAKONΔρακωνmAncient Greek
Greek form of DRACO.
EIRENAIOSΕιρηναιοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of IRENAEUS.
EIRENEΕιρηνηfGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Original Greek form of IRENE.
ELPISΕλπιςfAncient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "hope" in Greek. In Greek mythology Elpis was the personification of hope. She was the last spirit to remain in the jar after Pandora unleashed the evils that were in it.
EPAPHRASΕπαφραςmBiblical, Ancient Greek, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Derived from Greek επαφρος (epaphros) meaning "foamy". In the New Testament this is the name of one of Paul's co-workers.
EPAPHRODITOSΕπαφροδιτοςmAncient Greek
Means "lovely, charming", derived from Greek επι (epi) "on" combined with the name of the Greek love goddess APHRODITE.
EPIKTETOSΕπικτητοςmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek name meaning "newly acquired". This was the name of a 1st-century Greek stoic philosopher.
EPIPHANESΕπιφανηςmAncient Greek
Means "appearing, manifesting" in Greek. This was an epithet of two 2nd-century BC Hellenistic rulers: the Seleucid king Antiochus IV and the Ptolemaic king Ptolemy V.
EPIPHANIOSΕπιφανιοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of EPIFANIO.
EPIPHANIUSΕπιφανιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Epiphanios (see EPIFANIO).
ERASMOSΕρασμοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of ERASMUS.
ERASTOSΕραστοςmBiblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of ERASTUS.
EUANTHEΕυανθηfAncient Greek, Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek ευανθης (euanthes) meaning "blooming, flowery", a derivative of ευ (eu) "good" and ανθος (anthos) "flower". According to some sources, this was the name of the mother of the three Graces or Χαριτες (Charites) in Greek mythology.
EUARISTOSΕυαριστοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of EVARISTUS.
EUCLIDΕυκλειδηςmAncient Greek (Anglicized)
From the Greek name Ευκλειδης (Eukleides), derived from Greek ευ (eu) "good" and κλεος (kleos) "glory" with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). This was the name of a 3rd-century BC Greek mathematician from Alexandria who made numerous contributions to geometry.
EUDOCIAΕυδοκιαfAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ευδοκια (Eudokia), derived from the word ευδοκεω (eudokeo) meaning "to be well pleased, to be satisfied", itself derived from ευ (eu) "good" and δοκεω (dokeo) "to think, to imagine, to suppose".
EUDOKIAΕυδοκιαfAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of EUDOCIA.
EUDOXIAΕυδοξιαfAncient Greek
Means "good repute, good judgement" from Greek ευδοξος (eudoxos), itself derived from ευ (eu) "good" and δοξα (doxa) "notion, reputation, honour, glory".
EUGENEIAΕυγενειαfAncient Greek
Ancient Greek feminine form of EUGENE.
EUGENIAΕυγενειαfItalian, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, English, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Feminine form of Eugenius (see EUGENE). It was borne by a semi-legendary 3rd-century saint who escaped persecution by disguising herself as a man. The name was occasionally found in England during the Middle Ages, but it was not regularly used until the 19th century.
EUGENIOSΕυγενιοςmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of EUGENE.
EUGENIUSΕυγενιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Eugenios (see EUGENE).
EUKLEIDESΕυκλειδηςmAncient Greek
Greek form of EUCLID.
EULALIAΕυλαλιαfSpanish, Italian, English, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek ευλαλος (eulalos) meaning "sweetly-speaking", itself from ευ (eu) "good" and λαλεω (laleo) "to talk". This was the name of an early 4th-century saint and martyr from Merida in Spain. She is a patron saint of Barcelona.
EUMELIAΕυμελιαfAncient Greek
Derived from Greek ευμελεια (eumeleia) meaning "melody".
EUNIKEΕυνικηfBiblical Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of EUNICE.
EUPHEMIAΕυφημιαfAncient Greek, English (Archaic)
Means "to use words of good omen" from Greek () "good" and φημι (phemi) "to speak, to declare". Saint Euphemia was an early martyr from Chalcedon.
EUPHEMIOSΕυφημιοςmAncient Greek
Masculine form of EUPHEMIA.
EUPHRANORΕυφρανωρmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek ευφραινω (euphraino) meaning "to delight". This was the name of a 4th-century BC Athenian artist.
EUPHRASIAΕυπρασιαfAncient Greek
Means "good cheer" in Greek.
EUPRAXIAΕυπραξιαfAncient Greek
From a Greek word meaning "good conduct", derived from ευ (eu) "good" and πραξις (praxis) "action, exercise".
EURIPIDESΕυριπιδηςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek Ευριπος (Euripos), referring to the strait between Euboea and Boeotia, combined with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). This was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek tragic poet.
EUSEBIOSΕυσεβιοςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek ευσεβης (eusebes) meaning "pious", itself derived from ευ (eu) "good" and σεβω (sebo) "to worship, to honour". This was the name of several saints.
EUSEBIUSΕυσεβιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of EUSEBIOS. This was the name of a 4th-century historian of the Christian church.
EUSTACHYSΕυσταχυςmAncient Greek
Means "fruitful" in Greek. It is ultimately from ευ (eu) "good" and σταχυς (stachus) "ear of corn".
EUSTATHIOSΕυσταθιοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of EUSTATHIUS.
EUSTATHIUSΕυσταθιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Ευσταθιος (Eustathios), derived from the Greek word ευσταθης (eustathes) meaning "well-built, stable". It is ultimately from ευ (eu) "good" and ‘ιστημι (histemi) "to stand, to set up". This was the name of a few early saints, including the 2nd-century martyr also known as Eustachius (see Eustace).
EUSTORGIOSΕυστοργιοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of EUSTORGIO.
EUSTORGIUSΕυστοργιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Eustorgios (see EUSTORGIO).
EUTHALIAΕυθαλιαfAncient Greek
Means "flower, bloom" from the Greek word ευθαλεια (euthaleia), itself derived from ευ (eu) "good" and θαλλω (thallo) "to blossom".
EUTHYMIAΕυθυμιαfAncient Greek
Feminine form of EUTHYMIUS.
EUTHYMIOSΕυθυμιοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of EUTHYMIUS.
EUTHYMIUSΕυθυμιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ευθυμιος (Euthymios) which meant "in good spirits", derived from the word ευθυμος (euthymos), which was composed of the elements ευ (eu) "good" and θυμος (thymos) "soul, spirit". This was the name of several early saints.
EUTROPIAΕυτροπιαfAncient Greek
Feminine form of Eutropios (see EUTROPIUS).
EUTROPIOSΕυτροπιοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of EUTROPIUS.
EUTROPIUSΕυτροπιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ευτροπιος (Eutropios), which was derived from the word ευτροπος (eutropos) "versatile", formed of the elements ευ (eu) "good" and τροπος (tropos) "direction, manner, fashion".
EUTYCHIAΕυτυχιαfAncient Greek
Feminine form of Eutychios (see EUTYCHIUS).
EUTYCHIOSΕυτυχιοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of EUTYCHIUS.
EUTYCHIUSΕυτυχιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ευτυχιος (Eutychios), a variant of Eutychos (see EUTYCHUS). This was the name of several early saints and martyrs.
EUTYCHOSΕυτυχοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of EUTYCHUS.
EVARISTUSΕυαριστοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ευαριστος (Euaristos) meaning "well pleasing" from the Greek word ευαρεστος (euarestos), derived from ευ (eu) "good, well" and αρεστος (arestos) "pleasing". This was the name of the fifth pope, supposedly martyred under Emperor Hadrian.
GAIANAΓαιανηfAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Γαιανη (Gaiane), a derivative of GAIA. This was the name of a (perhaps fictional) martyr who was killed in Armenia during the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian in the late 3rd century.
GAIANEΓαιανηfAncient Greek
Greek form of GAIANA.
GAIOSΓαιοςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of GAIUS.
GALENEΓαληνηfAncient Greek
Greek feminine form of GALEN.
GALENOSΓαληνοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of GALEN.
GENNADIOSΓενναδιοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of GENNADIUS.
GENNADIUSΓενναδιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Γενναδιος (Gennadios), which was derived from Greek γενναδας (gennadas) "noble, generous". Saint Gennadius was an early martyr from North Africa.
GEORGIOSΓεωργιοςmGreek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of GEORGE.
GEORGIUSΓεωργιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of GEORGIOS.
HAGNE‘ΑγνηfAncient Greek
Greek form of AGNES.
HELENE‘ΕλενηfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Ancient Greek form of HELEN, as well as the modern Scandinavian and German form.
HELIODOROS‘ΗλιοδωροςmAncient Greek
Greek form of HELIODORO.
HERACLEITUS‘ΗρακλειτοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Ηρακλειτος (Herakleitos) which meant "glory of Hera", derived from the name of the goddess HERA combined with κλειτος (kleitos) "glory". This was the name of a 6th-century BC Greek philosopher from Ephesus.
HERACLIUS‘ΗρακλειοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek personal name ‘Ηρακλειος (Herakleios) which was derived from the name of the Greek hero HERAKLES. This was the name of a 7th-century Byzantine emperor, known for his victories over the Sassanid Persian Empire. This name was also borne by two early saints.
HERAIS‘ΗραιςfAncient Greek
Ancient Greek personal name which was probably derived from the name of the Greek goddess HERA.
HERAKLEIDES‘ΗρακλειδηςmAncient Greek
Means "son of Herakles" in Greek, derived from the name of the mythic hero HERAKLES combined with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides).
HERAKLEIOS‘ΗρακλειοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of HERACLIUS.
HERAKLEITOS‘ΗρακλειτοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of HERACLEITUS.
HERMAGORAS‘ΕρμαγοραςmAncient Greek
From the name of the messenger god HERMES combined with Greek αγορα (agora) meaning "assembly, marketplace". Saint Hermagoras (3rd century) was the first bishop of Aquileia in Italy.
HERMES‘ΕρμηςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Probably from Greek ‘ερμα (herma) meaning "cairn, pile of stones, boundary marker". Hermes was a Greek god associated with speed and good luck, who served as a messenger to Zeus and the other gods. He was also the patron of travellers, writers, athletes, merchants, thieves and orators.... [more]
HERMOGENES‘ΕρμογενηςmAncient Greek
Means "born of Hermes" from the name of the messenger god HERMES combined with Greek γενης (genes) "born".
HERMOKRATES‘ΕρμοκρατηςmAncient Greek
Means "power of Hermes" from the name of the messenger god HERMES combined with Greek κρατος (kratos) "power".
HERMOLAOS‘ΕρμολαοςmAncient Greek
Means "the people of Hermes" from the name of the messenger god HERMES combined with Greek λαος (laos) "people".
HERO (2)‘ΗρωνmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of HERON.
HERODOTOS‘ΗροδοτοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of HERODOTUS.
HERODOTUS‘ΗροδοτοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Ηροδοτος (Herodotos), derived from the name of the goddess HERA combined with δοτος (dotos) meaning "given, granted". Herodotus was a Greek historian of the 5th century BC who wrote about Persian and the Persian Wars. He is known as the Father of History.
HEROIDES‘ΗρωιδηςmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of HERODES.
HEROIDIAS‘ΗρωιδιαςfAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of HERODIAS.
HEROIDION‘ΗρωιδιωνmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of HERODION.
HERON‘ΗρωνmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek ‘ηρως (heros) meaning "hero". This was the name of a 1st-century Greek inventor (also known as Hero) from Alexandria.
HESIOD‘ΗσιοδοςmAncient Greek (Anglicized)
From the Greek name ‘Ησιοδος (Hesiodos), which probably means "to throw song" from ‘ιημι (hiemi) "to throw, to speak" and ωιδη (oide) "song, ode". This was the name of an 8th-century BC Greek poet.
HESIODOS‘ΗσιοδοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of HESIOD.
HESPEROS‘ΕσπεροςmAncient Greek
Means "evening" in Greek. This was the name of the personification of the Evening Star (the planet Venus) in Greek mythology.
HIERONYMOS‘ΙερωνυμοςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of JEROME.
HIERONYMUS‘ΙερωνυμοςmGerman, Dutch (Archaic), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latin form of JEROME used in Germany and the Netherlands. Hieronymus Bosch was a 15th-century Dutch painter known for his depictions of the torments of hell.
HILARION‘ΙλαριωνmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek ‘ιλαρος (hilaros) meaning "cheerful". This was the name of a 4th-century saint, a disciple of Saint Anthony.
HIPPOCRATES‘ΙπποκρατηςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Ιπποκρατης (Hippokrates) which meant "horse power", derived from the elements ‘ιππος (hippos) "horse" and κρατος (kratos) "power". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek doctor who is known as the Father of Medicine.
HIPPOKRATES‘ΙπποκρατηςmAncient Greek
Greek form of HIPPOCRATES.
HIPPOLYTOS‘ΙππολυτοςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Means "freer of horses" from Greek ‘ιππος (hippos) "horse" and λυω (luo) "to loosen". In Greek legend he was the son of Theseus who was tragically loved by his stepmother Phaedra. This was also the name of a 3rd-century theologian, saint and martyr.
HOMER‘ΟμηροςmEnglish, Ancient Greek (Anglicized)
From the Greek name ‘Ομηρος (Homeros), derived from ‘ομηρος (homeros) meaning "hostage, pledge". Homer was the Greek epic poet who wrote the 'Iliad', about the Trojan War, and the 'Odyssey', about Odysseus's journey home after the war. There is some debate about when he lived, or if he was even a real person, though most scholars place him in the 8th century BC. In the modern era, Homer has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world (chiefly in America) since the 18th century. This name is borne by the cartoon father on the television series 'The Simpsons'.
HOMEROS‘ΟμηροςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of HOMER.
HYACINTHUS‘ΥακινθοςmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Υακινθος (Hyakinthos), which was derived from the name of the hyacinth flower. In Greek legend Hyakinthos was accidentally killed by Apollo, who caused a lily to arise from his blood. The name was also borne by several early saints, notably a 3rd-century martyr who was killed with his brother Protus.
HYAKINTHOS‘ΥακινθοςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Greek form of HYACINTHUS.
HYGINOS‘ΥγινοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of HYGINUS.
HYGINUS‘ΥγινοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of ‘Υγινος (Hyginos), a Greek name derived from ‘υγιεινος (hygieinos) meaning "healthy". This was the name of the ninth pope.
HYPATIA‘ΥπατιαfAncient Greek
Derived from Greek ‘υπατος (hypatos) meaning "highest, supreme". Hypatia of Alexandria was a 5th-century philosopher and mathematician, daughter of the mathematician Theon.
HYPATOS‘ΥπατοςmAncient Greek
Masculine form of HYPATIA.
IRENAEUSΕιρηναιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ειρηναιος (Eirenaios) which meant "peaceful". Saint Irenaeus was an early bishop of Lyons for whom the Greek island of Santorini is named.
IRENEΕιρηνηfEnglish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Dutch, Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Ειρηνη (Eirene), derived from a word meaning "peace". This was the name of the Greek goddess who personified peace, one of the ‘Ωραι (Horai). It was also borne by several early Christian saints. The name was common in the Byzantine Empire, notably being borne by an 8th-century empress, who was the first woman to lead the empire. She originally served as regent for her son, but later had him killed and ruled alone.... [more]
IRENEUSΕιρηναιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Variant of IRENAEUS.
ISIDORAΙσιδωραfSerbian, Macedonian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian (Rare), Italian (Rare), English (Rare), Ancient Greek
Feminine form of ISIDORE. This was the name of a 4th-century Egyptian saint and hermitess.
ISIDOROSΙσιδωροςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of ISIDORE.
ISOCRATESΙσοκρατηςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ισοκρατης (Isokrates) which meant "equal power", derived from ισος (isos) "equal" and κρατος (kratos) "power". This was the name of a 4th-century BC Athenian orator.
ISOKRATESΙσοκρατηςmAncient Greek
Greek form of ISOCRATES.
KALLIASΚαλλιαςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek καλλος (kallos) meaning "beauty". This was the name of an Athenian who fought at Marathon who later became an ambassador to the Persians.
KALLIKRATESΚαλλικρατηςmAncient Greek
Means "beautiful power", derived from the Greek elements καλλος (kallos) meaning "beauty" and κρατος (kratos) meaning "power".
KALLISTOΚαλλιστωfGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek καλλιστος (kallistos) meaning "most beautiful", a derivative of καλος (kalos) meaning "beautiful". In Greek mythology Kallisto was a nymph who was loved by Zeus. She was changed into a she-bear by Hera, and subsequently became the Great Bear constellation. This was also an ancient Greek personal name.
KALLISTOSΚαλλιστοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of CALLISTUS.
KALLISTRATEΚαλλιστρατηfAncient Greek
Means "beautiful army" from the Greek elements καλλος (kallos) meaning "beauty" and στρατος (stratos) meaning "army".
KARPOSΚαρποςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Original Greek form of CARPUS.
KASSANDRAΚασσανδραfGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek, English (Modern)
Greek form of CASSANDRA, as well as a modern English variant.
KASSANDROSΚασσανδροςmAncient Greek
Greek form of CASSANDER.
KLEISTHENESΚλεισθενηςmAncient Greek
Original Greek form of CLEISTHENES.
KLEITOSΚλειτοςmAncient Greek
Means "splendid, famous" in Greek. This was the name of one of the generals of Alexander the Great.
KLEONΚλεωνmAncient Greek
Greek form of CLEON.
KLEOPATRAΚλεοπατραfAncient Greek
Greek form of CLEOPATRA.
KLEOPATROSΚλεοπατροςmAncient Greek
Greek masculine form of CLEOPATRA.
KORINNAΚορινναfAncient Greek
Ancient Greek form of CORINNA.
KOSMASΚοσμαςmAncient Greek
Greek form of COSMAS.
KYRIAKOSΚυριακοςmGreek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of CYRIACUS.
KYRILLOSΚυριλλοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of CYRIL.
KYROSΚυροςmAncient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of CYRUS.
LEONΛεωνmEnglish, German, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Dutch, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λεων (leon) meaning "lion". During the Christian era this Greek name was merged with the Latin cognate Leo, with the result that the two forms are used somewhat interchangeably across European languages. In England during the Middle Ages this was a common name among Jews. A famous bearer was Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), a Russian Communist revolutionary.
LEONIDASΛεωνιδαςmGreek, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λεων (leon) meaning "lion" combined with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). Leonidas was a Spartan king of the 5th century BC who sacrificed his life and his army defending the pass of Thermopylae from the Persians. This was also the name of a 3rd-century saint and martyr, the father of Origen, from Alexandria.
LEONTIOSΛεοντιοςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek λεων (leon) meaning "lion". This was the name of various early saints and martyrs. It was also borne by a 7th-century Byzantine emperor.
LEONTIUSΛεοντιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of LEONTIOS.
LIGEIAΛιγειαfGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λιγυς (ligys) meaning "clear-voiced, shrill, whistling". This was the name of one of the Sirens in Greek legend. It was also used by Edgar Allan Poe in his story 'Ligeia' (1838).
LINOSΛινοςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Greek form of LINUS.
LINUSΛινοςmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized), German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Greek name Λινος (Linos) meaning "flax". In Greek legend he was the son of the god Apollo, who accidentally killed him in a contest. Another son of Apollo by this name was the music teacher of Herakles. The name was also borne by the second pope, serving after Saint Peter in the 1st century. In modern times this was the name of a character in Charles Schulz's comic strip 'Peanuts'.
LOUKIANOSΛουκιανοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of LUCIANUS.
LYCURGUSΛυκουργοςmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λυκουργος (Lykourgos), derived from λυκος (lykos) "wolf" (genitive λυκου) and εργον (ergon) "work, deed". In Greek legend this was the name of a king who was driven mad by the gods because of his impiety. This was also the name of a Spartan legislator of the 9th century BC.
LYCUSΛυκοςmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λυκος (Lykos) meaning "wolf". This name was borne by several characters in Greek mythology including a legendary ruler of Thebes.
LYDOSΛυδοςmAncient Greek
Meaning unknown. This was the name of the semi-legendary king who gave his name to the region of Lydia in Asia Minor.
LYKOSΛυκοςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Greek form of LYCUS.
LYKOURGOSΛυκουργοςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Greek form of LYCURGUS.
LYSANDERΛυσανδροςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λυσανδρος (Lysandros), derived from Greek λυσις (lysis) meaning "a release" and ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος). This was the name of a notable 5th-century BC Spartan general and naval commander.
LYSANDRAΛυσανδραfAncient Greek
Feminine form of Lysandros (see LYSANDER).
LYSANDROSΛυσανδροςmAncient Greek
Greek form of LYSANDER.
LYSIMACHOSΛυσιμαχοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of LYSIMACHUS.
LYSIMACHUSΛυσιμαχοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λυσιμαχος (Lysimachos), derived from λυσις (lysis) "a release, loosening" and μαχη (mache) "battle". This was the name of one of the generals under Alexander the Great. After Alexander's death Lysimachus took control of Thrace.
LYSISTRATAΛυσιστρατηfAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of LYSISTRATE.
LYSISTRATEΛυσιστρατηfAncient Greek
Derived from λυσις (lysis) "a release, loosening" and στρατος (stratos) "army".
MARKOSΜαρκοςmGreek, Ancient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of Marcus (see MARK).
MELANTHIOSΜελανθιοςmGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek μελας (melas) "black, dark" and ανθος (anthos) "flower". In Homer's epic the 'Odyssey' this is the name of an insolent goatherd killed by Odysseus.
MELISSAΜελισσαfEnglish, Dutch, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "bee" in Greek. This was the name of a nymph that cared for young Zeus in Greek mythology. It is also the name of the fairy who helps Rogero escape from the witch Alcina in Ludovico Ariosto's poem 'Orlando Furioso' (1516). As an English given name, Melissa has been used since the 18th century.
MELITONΜελιτωνmAncient Greek, Georgian
Derived from Greek μελι (meli) meaning "honey" (genitive μελιτος). This was the name of a 2nd-century bishop of Sardis who is regarded as a saint in the Orthodox Church.
MELITTAΜελιτταfAncient Greek, German
Ancient Attic Greek variant of MELISSA.
MENODORAΜηνοδωραfAncient Greek
Derived from Greek μηνη (mene) "moon" and δωρον (doron) "gift". This was the name of a 4th-century saint who was martyred with her sisters Metrodora and Nymphodora.
METHODIOSΜεθοδιοςmAncient Greek
Greek form of METHODIUS.
METHODIUSΜεθοδιοςmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Μεθοδιος (Methodios), derived from Greek μεθοδος (methodos) meaning "pursuit" or "method", ultimately from μετα (meta) "with" and ‘οδος (hodos) "road". Saint Methodius was a Greek missionary to the Slavs who developed the Cyrillic alphabet (with his brother Cyril) in order to translate the Bible into Slavic.
METRODORAΜητροδωραfAncient Greek
Derived from Greek μητηρ (meter) "mother" (genitive μητρος) and δωρον (doron) "gift". This was the name of a 4th-century saint and martyr who was killed with her sisters Menodora and Nymphodora.
METROPHANESΜητροφανηςmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek μητηρ (meter) "mother" (genitive μητρος) and φανης (phanes) "appearing". Saint Metrophanes was the first bishop of Byzantium (4th century).