Greek Names

Greek names are used in the country of Greece and other Greek-speaking communities throughout the world. See also about Greek names.
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ACHILLEAS Αχιλλέας m Greek
Modern Greek form of ACHILLES.
AFRODITI Αφροδίτη f Greek
Modern Greek form of APHRODITE.
AGAMEMNON Αγαμέμνων m Greek Mythology, Greek
Possibly means "very steadfast" in Greek. In Greek mythology he was the brother of Menelaus. He led the Greek expedition to Troy to recover his brother's wife Helen. After the Trojan War Agamemnon was killed by his wife Clytemnestra.
AGAPI Αγάπη f Greek
Modern Greek form of AGAPE.
AGAPIOS Αγάπιος m Greek, 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 in the early 4th century.
AGAPITOS Αγαπητός m Greek
Modern Greek form of AGAPITO.
AGATHI Αγαθή f Greek
Modern Greek form of AGATHA.
AGLAIA Αγλαΐα f Greek Mythology, Greek
Means "splendour, beauty" in Greek. In Greek mythology she was one of the three Graces or Χάριτες (Charites). This name was also borne by a 4th-century saint from Rome.
AGNI (2) Αγνή f Greek
Modern Greek form of AGNES.
AIKATERINI Αικατερίνη f Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Αικατερίνη (see EKATERINI).
AIMILIOS Αιμίλιος m Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Αιμίλιος (see EMILIOS).
AKAKIOS Ακάκιος m Greek, Ancient Greek
From a Greek word meaning "innocent, not evil", derived from (a), a negative prefix, combined with κάκη (kake) meaning "evil". This was the name of three early saints, two of whom were martyred.
ALEKA Αλέκα f Greek
Diminutive of ALEXANDRA.
ALEKOS Αλέκος m Greek
Diminutive of ALEXANDROS.
ALEX Άλεξ m & f English, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hungarian, Czech, Russian
Short form of ALEXANDER, ALEXANDRA, and other names beginning with Alex.
ALEXANDRA Αλεξάνδρα f English, 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.
ALEXANDROS Αλέξανδρος m Greek, Ancient Greek, Biblical Greek, Greek Mythology
Greek form of ALEXANDER.
ALEXIS Αλέξης m & f German, French, English, Greek, Ancient Greek
From the Greek name Ἄλεξις (Alexis) meaning "helper" or "defender", derived from Greek ἀλέξω (alexo) meaning "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 Ἀλέξιος or Alexius, borne by five Byzantine emperors. In the English-speaking world it is more commonly used as a feminine name.
ALIKI Αλίκη f Greek
Greek form of ALICE. It also corresponds with the Greek word άλικη meaning "scarlet".
ALKIVIADIS Αλκιβιάδης m Greek
Modern Greek form of ALCIBIADES.
ALKMINI Αλκμήνη f Greek
Modern Greek form of ALCMENE.
AMALIA Αμαλία f Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Greek, Swedish, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Germanic name Amala, a short form of names beginning with the element amal meaning "work".
ANARGYROS Ανάργυρος m Greek
From the Greek term ἀνάργυρος (anargyros) meaning "poor, incorruptible", derived from Greek (a), a negative prefix, combined with ἄργυρος (argyros) meaning "silver". This term referred to saints who did not accept payment for their services.
ANASTASIA Αναστασία f Greek, 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.
ANASTASIOS Αναστάσιος m Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of ANASTASIUS.
ANDREAS Ανδρέας m German, 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.
ANDRIANA Ανδριάνα f Greek, Bulgarian
Feminine form of ANDREAS (Greek) or ANDREY (Bulgarian).
ANGELIKI Αγγελική f Greek
Greek form of ANGELICA.
ANGELINA Αγγελίνα f Italian, English, Russian, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek
Latinate diminutive of ANGELA. A famous bearer is American actress Angelina Jolie (1975-).
ANGELOS Άγγελος m Greek
Greek form of Angelus (see ANGEL).
ANIKETOS Ανίκητος m Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of ANICETUS.
ANNA Άννα f English, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Faroese, Catalan, Occitan, Breton, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of Channah (see HANNAH) used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament. Many later Old Testament translations, including the English, use the Hannah spelling instead of Anna. The name appears briefly in the New Testament belonging to a prophetess who recognized Jesus as the Messiah. It was a popular name in the Byzantine Empire from an early date, and in the Middle Ages it became common among Western Christians due to veneration of Saint Anna (usually known as Saint Anne in English), the name traditionally assigned to the mother of the Virgin Mary.... [more]
ANTONIA Αντωνία f Italian, Spanish, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Romanian, Greek, Croatian, Bulgarian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIOS Αντώνιος m Greek
Greek form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
ANTONIS Αντώνης m Greek
Greek form of Antonius (see ANTHONY).
APOLLON Απόλλων m Greek Mythology, Greek
Greek form of APOLLO.
APOSTOLIS Αποστόλης m Greek
Variant of APOSTOLOS.
APOSTOLOS Απόστολος m Greek
Means "messenger, apostle" in Greek.
ARETI Αρετή f Greek
Modern Greek form of ARETE.
ARGYRIS Αργύρης m Greek
Modern Greek form of ARGYROS.
ARGYRO Αργυρώ f Greek
Feminine form of ARGYROS.
ARIS (1) Άρης m Greek
Modern Greek form of ARES. It is also used as a short form of ARISTOTELIS.
ARISTEIDIS Αριστείδης m Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Αριστείδης (see ARISTIDIS).
ARISTIDIS Αριστείδης m Greek
Modern Greek form of ARISTIDES.
ARISTOTELIS Αριστοτέλης m Greek
Modern Greek form of ARISTOTLE.
ARTEMIS Άρτεμις f Greek Mythology, Greek
Meaning unknown, possibly related either to Greek ἀρτεμής (artemes) meaning "safe" or ἄρταμος (artamos) meaning "a butcher". Artemis was the Greek goddess of the moon and hunting, the twin of Apollo and the daughter of Zeus and Leto. She was known as Diana to the Romans.
ASPASIA Ασπασία f Ancient Greek, Greek
Derived from Greek ἀσπάσιος (aspasios) meaning "welcome, embrace". This was the name of the lover of Pericles (5th century BC).
ATHANASIA Αθανασία f Greek, Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Athanasios (see ATHANASIUS).
ATHANASIOS Αθανάσιος m Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of ATHANASIUS.
ATHINA Αθηνά f Greek
Modern Greek form of ATHENA.
AVRA Αύρα f Greek
Greek form of AURA.
BABIS Μπάμπης m Greek
Diminutive of CHARALAMPOS.
CHARA Χαρά f Greek
Means "happiness, joy" in Greek.
CHARALAMBOS Χαράλαμπος m Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Χαράλαμπος (see CHARALAMPOS).
CHARALAMPOS Χαράλαμπος m Greek
Means "to shine from happiness" from Greek χαρά (chara) meaning "happiness" combined with λάμπω (lampo) meaning "to shine".
CHARIKLEIA Χαρίκλεια f Greek, Ancient Greek
From Greek χάρις (charis) meaning "grace, kindness" and κλέος (kleos) meaning "glory". This is the name of the heroine of the 3rd-century novel Aethiopica by Heliodorus of Emesa, about the love between Chariclea and Theagenes.
CHARIKLIA Χαρίκλεια f Greek
Alternate transcription of CHARIKLEIA.
CHRISTINA Χριστίνα f English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Greek
From Christiana, the Latin feminine form of CHRISTIAN. This was the name of an early, possibly legendary, saint who was tormented by her pagan father. It was also borne by a 17th-century Swedish queen and patron the arts who gave up her crown in order to become a Roman Catholic.
CHRISTOFOROS Χριστόφορος m Greek
Modern Greek form of CHRISTOPHER.
CHRISTOS Χρήστος, Χρίστος m Theology, Greek
From Greek Χριστός (Christos) meaning "anointed", derived from χρίω (chrio) meaning "to anoint". This was a name applied to Jesus by early Greek-speaking Christians. It is a translation of the Hebrew word מָשִׁיחַ (mashiyach), commonly spelled in English messiah, which also means "anointed".... [more]
CHRYSA Χρύσα f Greek
Feminine form of CHRYSANTHOS.
CHRYSANTHI Χρυσάνθη f Greek
Modern Greek feminine form of CHRYSANTHOS.
CHRYSANTHOS Χρύσανθος m Greek, Ancient Greek
Means "golden flower" from Greek χρύσεος (chryseos) meaning "golden" combined with ἄνθος (anthos) meaning "flower". This name was borne by a semi-legendary 3rd-century Egyptian saint.
CHRYSSA Χρύσα f Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Χρύσα (see CHRYSA).
COSTAS Κώστας m Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Κώστας (see KOSTAS).
DAFNI Δάφνη f Greek
Modern Greek form of DAPHNE.
DANAI (1) Δανάη f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of DANAË.
DANIIL Δανιήλ m Russian, Belarusian, Greek
Russian, Belarusian and Greek form of DANIEL.
DEMETRA Δήμητρα f Italian, Romanian, Greek
Italian and Romanian form of DEMETER (1), as well as an alternate transcription of Greek Δήμητρα (see DIMITRA).
DEMETRIOS Δημήτριος m Ancient Greek, Greek
Ancient Greek form of DEMETRIUS, as well as an alternate transcription of the Modern Greek form Dimitrios.
DEMI Δήμη, Ντίμι, Ντίμη f Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Δήμη or Ντίμι or Ντίμη (see DIMI).
DESPINA Δέσποινα f Greek
Modern Greek form of DESPOINA.
DESPOINA Δέσποινα f Greek Mythology, Greek
Means "mistress, lady" in Greek. In Greek mythology this was the name of the daughter of Demeter and Poseidon. She was worshipped in the Eleusinian Mysteries, which were secret rites practiced at Eleusis near Athens.
DIAMANTINA Διαμαντίνα f Greek
Variant of DIAMANTO.
DIAMANTO Διαμάντω f Greek
Derived from Greek διαμάντι (diamanti) meaning "diamond".
DIMI Δήμη, Ντίμι, Ντίμη f Greek
Short form of DIMITRA.
DIMITRA Δήμητρα f Greek
Modern Greek form of DEMETER (1).
DIMITRIOS Δημήτριος m Greek
Modern Greek transcription of DEMETRIOS.
DIMITRIS Δημήτρης m Greek
Modern Greek variant of DEMETRIOS.
DIMOS Δήμος m Greek
Short form of DIMITRIOS or DIMOSTHENIS.
DIMOSTHENIS Δημοσθένης m Greek
Modern Greek transcription of DEMOSTHENES.
DIOMIDIS Διομήδης m Greek
Modern Greek transcription of DIOMEDES.
DIONYSIOS Διονύσιος m Greek, 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.
DOMNA Δόμνα f Late Roman, Greek
Feminine form of DOMNUS. Saint Domna of Nicomedia was martyred during the persecutions of the early 4th century. However, in the case of Julia Domna, the Syrian wife of the Roman emperor Septimius Severus, it seems her name was actually of Semitic origin.
DOROTHEOS Δωρόθεος m Greek, Late Greek
Greek masculine form of DOROTHEA.
EFFIMIA Ευφημία f Greek
Modern Greek form of EUPHEMIA.
EFFROSYNI Ευφροσύνη f Greek
Modern Greek form of EUPHROSYNE.
EFSTATHIOS Ευστάθιος m Greek
Modern Greek form of EUSTATHIOS.
EFTHALIA Ευθαλία f Greek
Modern Greek form of EUTHALIA.
EFTHIMIA Ευθυμία f Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Ευθυμία (see EFTHYMIA).
EFTHIMIOS Ευθύμιος m Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Ευθύμιος (see EFTHYMIOS).
EFTHYMIA Ευθυμία f Greek
Modern Greek form of EUTHYMIA.
EFTHYMIOS Ευθύμιος m Greek
Modern Greek form of EUTHYMIUS.
EFTYCHIA Ευτυχία f Greek
Modern Greek form of EUTYCHIA. It means "happiness" in Modern Greek.
EIRINI Ειρήνη f Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Ειρήνη (see IRINI).
EKATERINI Αικατερίνη f Greek
Modern Greek form of KATHERINE.
ELEFTHERIA Ελευθερία f Greek
Feminine form of ELEFTHERIOS.
ELEFTHERIOS Ελευθέριος m Greek
Modern Greek form of Eleutherios (see ELEUTHERIUS).
ELENA Έλενα f Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovak, Lithuanian, Russian, Greek, German, English, Medieval Slavic
Form of HELEN used in various languages, as well as an alternate transcription of Russian Елена (see YELENA).
ELENI Ελένη f Greek
Modern Greek form of HELEN.
ELEONORA Ελεονώρα f Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Latvian, Polish, Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Greek
Form of ELEANOR in several languages.
ELIAS Ηλίας m Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Dutch, Greek, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of ELIJAH used in several languages. This is also the form used in the Greek New Testament.
ELISAVET Ελισάβετ f Greek
Modern Greek form of ELIZABETH.
ELLI (1) Έλλη f Greek
Modern Greek form of HELLE (2).
ELPIDA Ελπίδα f Greek
Modern Greek form of ELPIS.
EMILIOS Αιμίλιος m Greek
Greek form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMMANOUIL Εμμανουήλ m Greek
Greek form of EMMANUEL.
ERMIS Ερμής m Greek
Modern Greek form of HERMES.
EVA Εύα f Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, English, Czech, Slovak, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Faroese, Greek, Slovene, Bulgarian, Croatian, Russian, Georgian, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin
Form of EVE used in various languages. This form is used in the Latin translation of the New Testament, while Hava is used in the Latin Old Testament. The name appears in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) belonging to the character Little Eva, whose real name is in fact Evangeline.... [more]
EVANGELIA Ευαγγελία f Greek
Feminine form of EVANGELOS.
EVANGELOS Ευάγγελος m Greek
Means "bringing good news" from the Greek word εὐάγγελος (euangelos), a derivative of εὖ (eu) meaning "good" and ἄγγελος (angelos) meaning "messenger".
EVDOKIA Ευδοκία f Greek
Modern Greek form of EUDOCIA.
EVELINA Εβελίνα f English, Italian, Swedish, Lithuanian, Greek
Latinate form of AVELINE. It was revived by the author Fanny Burney for the heroine of her first novel Evelina (1778). It is often regarded as a variant of the related name EVELYN or an elaboration of EVE.
EVGENIA Ευγενία f Greek, Russian, Bulgarian
Modern Greek form of EUGENIA. It is also an alternate transcription of Russian Евгения (see YEVGENIYA) or Bulgarian Евгения (see EVGENIYA).
EVGENIOS Ευγένιος m Greek
Modern Greek form of EUGENE.
EVI Εύη f Greek, Dutch, German
Modern Greek form of EVE, as well as a Dutch and German variant.
EVRIDIKI Ευρυδίκη f Greek
Modern Greek form of EURYDICE.
EVRIPIDIS Ευριπίδης m Greek
Modern Greek form of EURIPIDES.
FILIPPA Φιλίππα f Greek, Swedish, Italian
Greek, Swedish and Italian feminine form of PHILIP.
FILIPPOS Φίλιππος m Greek
Modern Greek form of PHILIP.
FOTEINI Φωτεινή f Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Φωτεινή (see FOTINI).
FOTINI Φωτεινή f Greek
Modern Greek form of PHOTINE.
FOTIOS Φώτιος m Greek
Modern Greek transcription of PHOTIOS.
FOTIS Φώτης m Greek
Modern Greek variant of PHOTIOS.
GALINI Γαλήνη f Greek
Modern Greek feminine form of GALEN.
GAVRIIL Γαβριήλ m Greek, Russian
Greek and Russian form of GABRIEL.
GEORGIA Γεωργία f English, Greek
Latinate feminine form of GEORGE. This is the name of an American state, which was named after the British king George II. A famous bearer was the American painter Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986).
GEORGIOS Γεώργιος m Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of GEORGE.
GERASIMOS Γεράσιμος m Greek, Late Greek
Derived from Greek γέρας (geras) meaning "honour, gift". Saint Gerasimus was a 5th-century hermit who lived near the Jordan River.
GIANIS Γιάνης m Greek
Modern Greek variant of Ioannes (see JOHN).
GIANNA Γιάννα f Italian, Greek
Italian short form of GIOVANNA and a Modern Greek variant of IOANNA.
GIANNIS Γιάννης m Greek
Modern Greek variant of Ioannes (see JOHN).
GIORGOS Γιώργος m Greek
Modern Greek variant of Georgios (see GEORGE).
GLYKERIA Γλυκερία f Greek, Late Greek
From Greek γλυκερός (glykeros) meaning "sweet". This was the name of a 2nd-century saint from Heraclea.
GRIGORIOS Γρηγόριος m Greek
Modern Greek form of GREGORY.
GRIGORIS Γρηγόρης m Greek
Modern Greek form of GREGORY.
GUS (2) m Greek (Expatriate)
Diminutive of CONSTANTINE, used primarily by Greek expatriates.
HARIS (2) Χάρης, Χάρις m & f Greek
Modern Greek form of CHARES or CHARIS.
IAKOVOS Ιάκωβος m Greek
Modern Greek form of JACOB (or JAMES).
IGNATIOS Ιγνάτιος m Greek
Greek form of IGNATIUS.
ILIANA Ηλιάνα f Greek, Bulgarian
Feminine form of ILIAS (Greek) or ILIYA (Bulgarian).
ILIAS Ηλίας m Greek
Modern Greek form of ELIAS.
IOANNA Ιωάννα f Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of JOANNA.
IOANNIS Ιωάννης m Greek
Modern Greek form of Ἰωάννης (see JOHN).
IOSIF Ιωσήφ m Russian, Romanian, Greek
Russian, Romanian and Greek form of JOSEPH.
IRAKLIS Ηρακλής m Greek
Modern Greek form of HERAKLES.
IRIDA Ίριδα f Greek
Greek variant of IRIS, from the genitive form Ἴριδος (Iridos).
IRINI Ειρήνη f Greek
Modern Greek form of IRENE.
IRIS Ίρις f Greek Mythology, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, French, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Greek
Means "rainbow" in Greek. Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow, also serving as a messenger to the gods. This name can also be given in reference to the word (which derives from the same Greek source) for the iris flower or the coloured part of the eye.
IRO Ηρώ f Greek
Modern Greek form of HERO (1).
ISMINI Ισμήνη f Greek
Modern Greek form of ISMENE.
KAITI Καίτη f Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Καίτη (see KETI (2)).
KALLIRROI Καλλιρρόη f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of Καλλιρρόη (see CALLIRRHOE).
KAROLOS Κάρολος m Greek
Greek form of CAROLUS.
KATERINA Κατερίνα f Macedonian, Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, Late Roman
Macedonian form of KATHERINE, a Russian short form of YEKATERINA, a Bulgarian short form of EKATERINA, and a Greek variant of AIKATERINE.
KATINA Κατίνα f Greek, Macedonian
Greek and Macedonian contracted form of KATERINA. This name had a spike in popularity in America in 1972 when it was used for a newborn baby on the soap opera Where the Heart Is.
KETI (2) Καίτη f Greek
Diminutive of EKATERINI.
KIKI Κική f English, German, Greek
Diminutive of names beginning with or containing the sound K.
KLEIO Κλειώ f Greek Mythology, Greek
Derived from Greek κλέος (kleos) meaning "glory". In Greek mythology she was the goddess of history and heroic poetry, one of the nine Muses. She was said to have introduced the alphabet to Greece.
KONSTANTINA Κωνσταντίνα f Greek
Greek feminine form of Constantinus (see CONSTANTINE).
KONSTANTINOS Κωνσταντίνος m Greek
Greek form of Constantinus (see CONSTANTINE).
KORALIA Κοραλία f Greek, Late Greek
Derived from Ancient Greek κοράλλιον (korallion) meaning "coral" (in Modern Greek κοράλλι). This was the name of an obscure 4th-century saint and martyr from Thrace.
KORINA Κορίνα f Greek
Modern Greek form of CORINNA.
KOSTAS Κώστας m Greek, Lithuanian
Greek short form of KONSTANTINOS and Lithuanian short form of KONSTANTINAS.
KOSTIS Κωστής m Greek
Short form of KONSTANTINOS.
KYRIAKE Κυριακή f Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Κυριακή (see KYRIAKI).
KYRIAKI Κυριακή f Greek
Feminine form of KYRIAKOS.
KYRIAKOS Κυριάκος m Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of CYRIACUS.
KYVELI Κυβέλη f Greek
Modern Greek form of CYBELE.
LAVRENTIOS Λαυρέντιος m Greek
Greek form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAZAROS Λάζαρος m Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of LAZARUS.
LEFTERIS Λευτέρης m Greek
Short form of ELEFTHERIOS.
LENA Λένα f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Russian, English, Italian, Portuguese, Greek
Short form of names ending in lena, such as HELENA, MAGDALENA or YELENA.
LEONIDAS Λεωνίδας m Greek, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λέων (leon) meaning "lion" combined with the patronymic suffix ἴδης (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.
LIA (1) Λεία f Italian, Portuguese, Georgian, Greek, Biblical Latin
Italian, Portuguese, Georgian and Greek form of LEAH.
LOUIZA Λουίζα f Greek
Greek feminine form of LOUIS.
LOUKAS Λουκάς m Biblical Greek, Greek
Original Greek form of LUKE.
MAGDALINI Μαγδαληνή f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of MAGDALENE.
MARGARITA Μαργαρίτα f Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Greek, Late Roman
Latinate form of MARGARET. This is also the Spanish word for the daisy flower (species Bellis perennis, Leucanthemum vulgare and others).
MARIA Μαρία f & m Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Faroese, Dutch, Frisian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, English, Finnish, Corsican, Sardinian, Basque, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
Latin form of Greek Μαρία, from Hebrew מִרְיָם (see MARY). Maria is the usual form of the name in many European languages, as well as a secondary form in other languages such as English (where the common spelling is Mary). In some countries, for example Germany, Poland and Italy, Maria is occasionally used as a masculine middle name.... [more]
MARIANNA Μαριάννα f Italian, English, Hungarian, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Russian, Greek
Combination of MARIA and ANNA. It has been confused with the Roman name MARIANA to the point that it is no longer easy to separate the two forms. It is sometimes also used as a Latinized form of MARIAMNE.
MARIETTA Μαριέττα f Italian, Greek, Hungarian, German, Polish
Diminutive of MARIA.
MARIKA Μαρίκα f Czech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian, Greek, Finnish, Estonian, Georgian, Italian
Diminutive of MARIA and other names beginning with Mari.
MARINOS Μαρίνος m Greek
Greek form of MARINUS.
MARIOS Μάριος m Greek
Greek form of MARIUS.
MARKOS Μάρκος m Greek, Ancient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of Marcus (see MARK).
MARTHA Μάρθα f English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From Aramaic מַרְתָּא (marta') meaning "the lady, the mistress", feminine form of מַר (mar) meaning "master". In the New Testament this is the name of the sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany (who is sometimes identified with Mary Magdalene). She was a witness to Jesus restoring her dead brother to life.... [more]
MATTHAIOS Ματθαίος m Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of Mattityahu (see MATTHEW).
MELINA Μελίνα f English, Greek
Elaboration of Mel, either from names such as MELISSA or from Greek μέλι (meli) meaning "honey". A famous bearer was Greek-American actress Melina Mercouri (1920-1994), who was born Maria Amalia Mercouris.
MELPOMENI Μελπομένη f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of MELPOMENE.
MICHAELA Μιχαέλα f German, Swedish, English, Czech, Slovak, Greek
Feminine form of MICHAEL.
MICHAIL Μιχαήλ m Greek, Russian
Modern Greek transcription of MICHAEL. It is also an alternate transcription of Russian Михаил (see MIKHAIL).
MICHALIS Μιχάλης m Greek
Modern Greek variant of MICHAEL.
MIHAIL Μιχαήλ m Romanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek
Romanian, Bulgarian and Macedonian form of MICHAEL. This is also an alternate transcription of Greek Μιχαήλ (see MICHAIL).
MIHALIS Μιχάλης m Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Μιχάλης (see MICHALIS).
MYRTO Μυρτώ f Greek, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
From Greek μύρτος (myrtos) meaning "myrtle". This was the name of a few characters from Greek mythology, including one of the Maenads.
NANA (1) Νάνα f Greek
Diminutive of IOANNA.
NATASA Νατάσα f Greek
Greek diminutive of ANASTASIA.
NEFELI Νεφέλη f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of NEPHELE.
NEKTARIA Νεκταρία f Greek
Feminine form of NEKTARIOS.
NEKTARIOS Νεκτάριος m Greek, Late Greek
Derived from Greek νέκταρ (nektar) meaning "nectar, drink of the gods".
NEOFYTOS Νεόφυτος m Greek
Modern Greek transcription of NEOPHYTOS.
NICOLAOS Νικόλαος m Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Νικόλαος (see NIKOLAOS).
NIK Νικ m English, Greek, Slovene
Short form of NIKOLAS, NIKOLAOS, NIKOLAJ or NIKOLA (1).
NIKI (1) Νίκη f Greek
Modern Greek form of NIKE.
NIKOLAOS Νικόλαος m Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of NICHOLAS.
NIKOLAS Νικόλας m Greek, English
Variant of NIKOLAOS (Greek) or NICHOLAS (English).
NIKOLETA Νικολέτα f Greek, Bulgarian, Slovak
Greek, Bulgarian and Slovak form of NICOLETTE.
NIKOLETTA Νικολέττα f Hungarian, Greek
Hungarian and Greek form of NICOLETTA.
NIKOS Νίκος m Greek
Greek short form of NIKOLAOS.
NOMIKI Νομική f Greek
Derived from Greek νομικός (nomikos) meaning "relating to the law".
OLGA Όλγα f Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Estonian, Latvian, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, Slovene, Serbian, Bulgarian, Greek
Russian form of HELGA. The Varangians brought it from Scandinavia to Russia. The 10th-century Saint Olga was the wife of Igor I, grand prince of Kievan Rus (a state based around the city of Kiev). Following his death she ruled as regent for her son for 18 years. After she was baptized in Constantinople she attempted to convert her subjects to Christianity.
OLYMPIA Ολυμπία f Greek, Slovak
Feminine form of OLYMPOS.
OMIROS Όμηρος m Greek
Modern Greek form of HOMER.
PANAGIOTA Παναγιώτα f Greek
Feminine form of PANAGIOTIS.
PANAGIOTAKIS Παναγιωτάκης m Greek
Diminutive of PANAGIOTIS.
PANAGIOTIS Παναγιώτης m Greek
From the Greek title of the Virgin Mary Παναγία (Panagia) meaning "all holy", derived from πᾶν (pan) meaning "all" combined with ἅγιος (hagios) meaning "devoted to the gods, sacred".
PANAYIOTIS Παναγιώτης m Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Παναγιώτης (see PANAGIOTIS).
PANOS Πάνος m Greek
Diminutive of PANAGIOTIS.
PANTELIS Παντελής m Greek
Short form of PANTELEIMON.
PARASKEVAS Παρασκευάς m Greek, Late Greek
Masculine form of PARASKEVE.
PARASKEVI Παρασκευή f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of PARASKEVE.
PARASKEVOULA Παρασκευούλα f Greek
Diminutive of PARASKEVI.
PASCHALIS Πασχάλης m Late Roman, Greek
Latin and Greek form of PASCAL.
PAVLINA Παυλίνα f Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek
Bulgarian, Macedonian and Greek form of PAULINA.
PAVLOS Παύλος m Greek
Modern Greek form of PAUL.
PELAGIA Πελαγία f Ancient Greek, Greek, Polish
Feminine form of PELAGIUS. This was the name of a few early saints, including a young 4th-century martyr who threw herself from a rooftop in Antioch rather than lose her virginity.
PERIKLIS Περικλής m Greek
Modern Greek form of PERICLES.
PERSEFONI Περσεφόνη f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of PERSEPHONE.
PETROS Πέτρος m Greek, Armenian, Biblical Greek
Greek and Armenian form of PETER.
PETROULA Πετρούλα f Greek
Greek feminine form of PETER.
PINELOPI Πηνελόπη f Greek
Modern Greek form of PENELOPE.
PLATON Πλάτων m Ancient Greek, Greek, Russian
Greek form of PLATO.
POLINA Πωλίνα f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek
Either a Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Greek form of PAULINA or a short form of APOLLINARIYA.
POLYXENI Πολυξένη f Greek
Modern Greek form of POLYXENA.
PROKOPIOS Προκόπιος m Greek, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek προκοπή (prokope) meaning "progress, advance". Saint Prokopios was an early Christian martyr who was beheaded in Palestine during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
PROKOPIS Προκόπης m Greek
Modern Greek form of PROKOPIOS.
RAFAIL Ραφαήλ m Greek, Russian
Greek and Russian form of RAPHAEL.
SAVVAS Σάββας m Greek
Modern Greek transcription of SABBAS.
SELINI Σελήνη f Greek
Modern Greek transcription of SELENE.
SERAFEIM Σεραφείμ m Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Σεραφείμ (see SERAFIM).
SERAFIM Σεραφείμ m Greek, Russian, Romanian, Macedonian
Greek, Russian, Romanian and Macedonian form of Seraphinus (see SERAPHINA).
SIBYLLA Σίβυλλα f Greek, German, Swedish, Late Roman, Late Greek
Greek and Latinate form of SIBYL.
SILAS Σίλας m English, Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Probably a short form of SILVANUS. This is the name of a companion of Saint Paul in the New Testament. Paul refers to him as Silvanus in his epistles, though it is possible that Silas was in fact a Greek form of the Hebrew name SAUL (via Aramaic).... [more]
SOFOKLIS Σοφοκλής m Greek
Modern Greek form of SOPHOCLES.
SOKRATIS Σωκράτης m Greek
Modern Greek transcription of SOCRATES.
SOPHIA Σοφία f English, Greek, German, Ancient Greek
Means "wisdom" in Greek. This was the name of an early, probably mythical, saint who died of grief after her three daughters were martyred during the reign of the emperor Hadrian. Legends about her probably arose as a result of a medieval misunderstanding of the phrase Hagia Sophia "Holy Wisdom", which is the name of a large basilica in Constantinople.... [more]
SOTIRIA Σωτηρία f Greek
Feminine form of SOTIRIS.
SOTIRIOS Σωτήριος m Greek
Variant of SOTIRIS.
SOTIRIS Σωτήρης m Greek
Derived from Greek σωτηρία (soteria) meaning "salvation".
SPIRIDON Σπυρίδων m Greek, Serbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian form of SPYRIDON, as well as an alternate transcription of the Greek name.
SPIRO Σπύρο m Greek (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of SPYROS.
SPIROS Σπύρος m Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Σπύρος (see SPYROS).
SPYRIDON Σπυρίδων m Greek, Late Greek
Late Greek name derived from Greek σπυρίδιον (spyridion) meaning "basket" or Latin spiritus meaning "spirit". Saint Spyridon was a 4th-century sheep farmer who became the bishop of Tremithus and suffered during the persecutions of Diocletian.
SPYRIDOULA Σπυριδούλα f Greek
Feminine form of SPYRIDON.
SPYRO Σπύρο m Greek (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of SPYROS.
SPYROS Σπύρος m Greek
Short form of SPYRIDON.
STAMATIA Σταματία f Greek
Feminine form of STAMATIOS.
STAMATIOS Σταμάτιος m Greek
Derived from medieval Greek σταματώ (stamato) meaning "stop".
STAMATIS Σταμάτης m Greek
Variant of STAMATIOS.
STATHIS Στάθης m Greek
Short form of EFSTATHIOS.
STAVROS Σταύρος m Greek
Means "cross" in Greek, referring to the cross of the crucifixion.
STAVROULA Σταυρούλα f Greek
Feminine form of STAVROS.
STEFANOS Στέφανος m Greek
Modern Greek transcription of Στέφανος (see STEPHEN).
STELIOS Στέλιος m Greek
Variant of STYLIANOS.
STELLA (2) Στέλλα f Greek
Diminutive of STYLIANI, with the spelling influenced by that of STELLA (1).
STEPHANOS Στέφανος m Ancient Greek, Biblical Greek, Greek
Greek form of STEPHEN. In Modern Greek it is usually transcribed Stefanos.
STYLIANI Στυλιανή f Greek
Feminine form of STYLIANOS.
STYLIANOS Στυλιανός m Greek, Late Greek
Derived from Greek στῦλος (stylos) meaning "pillar". Saint Stylianos was a 7th-century hermit from Adrianopolis in Asia Minor who is regarded as a patron saint of children.
TAKIS Τάκης m Greek
Short form of PANAGIOTAKIS and other names with similar endings.
TASIA Τασία f Greek
Short form of ANASTASIA.
TASOULA Τασούλα f Greek
Greek diminutive of ANASTASIA.
TATIANA Τατιάνα f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Greek, Georgian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus, a derivative of the Roman name TATIUS. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint who was martyred in Rome under the emperor Alexander Severus. She was especially venerated in Orthodox Christianity, and the name has been common in Russia (as Татьяна) and Eastern Europe. It was not regularly used in the English-speaking world until the 1980s.
THALIA Θάλεια f Greek Mythology (Latinized), Greek
From the Greek name Θάλεια (Thaleia), derived from θάλλω (thallo) meaning "to blossom". In Greek mythology she was one of the nine Muses, presiding over comedy and pastoral poetry. This was also the name of one of the three Graces or Χάριτες (Charites).
THANASIS Θανάσης m Greek
Modern Greek short form of ATHANASIOS.
THANOS Θάνος m Greek
Diminutive of ATHANASIOS.
THEKLA Θέκλα f German (Rare), Greek (Rare), Late Greek
From the ancient Greek name Θεόκλεια (Theokleia), which meant "glory of God" from the Greek elements θεός (theos) meaning "god" and κλέος (kleos) meaning "glory". This was the name of a 1st-century saint, appearing (as Θέκλα) in the apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla. The story tells how Thecla listens to Paul speak about the virtues of chastity and decides to remain a virgin, angering both her mother and her suitor.
THEMISTOKLIS Θεμιστοκλής m Greek
Modern Greek form of THEMISTOCLES.
THEODORA Θεοδώρα f English, Greek, Ancient Greek
Feminine form of THEODORE. This name was common in the Byzantine Empire, being borne by several empresses including the influential wife of Justinian in the 6th century.
THEODOROS Θεόδωρος m Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of THEODORE.
THEODOSIA Θεοδοσία f Ancient Greek, Greek
Feminine form of THEODOSIUS.
THEOFANIA Θεοφανία f Greek
Modern Greek form of THEOPHANIA.
THEOFANIS Θεοφάνης m Greek
Modern Greek transcription of THEOPHANES.
THEOFILOS Θεόφιλος m Greek
Modern Greek form of THEOPHILUS.
THEOFYLAKTOS Θεοφύλακτος m Greek
Modern Greek transcription of THEOPHYLAKTOS.
THOMAS Θωμάς m English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma') meaning "twin". In the New Testament this is the name of an apostle. When he heard that Jesus had risen from the dead he initially doubted the story, until Jesus appeared before him and he examined his wounds himself. According to tradition he was martyred in India. Due to his renown, the name came into general use in the Christian world.... [more]
TIMOTHEA Τιμοθέα f Ancient Greek, Greek
Feminine form of TIMOTHY.
TRYFON Τρύφων m Greek
Modern Greek transcription of TRYPHON.
VALENTINA Βαλεντίνα f Italian, Russian, German, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Romanian, Spanish, Greek, Latvian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)). A famous bearer was the Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova (1937-), who in 1963 became the first woman to visit space.
VANGELIS Βαγγέλης m Greek
Variant of EVANGELOS.
VARVARA Βαρβάρα f Russian, Greek, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Russian, Greek, Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BARBARA.
VASIA Βάσια f Greek
Diminutive of VASILIKI.
VASILEIOS Βασίλειος m Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Βασίλειος (see VASILIOS).
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