Late Greek Names

Late Greek names were used in the early Christian Byzantine Empire. They formed after Ancient Greek names.
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AGATHANGELOS Ἀγαθάγγελος m Late Greek
Means "bearer of good news", derived from Greek ἀγαθός (agathos) meaning "good" and ἄγγελος (angelos) meaning "messenger, angel". Saint Agathangelus of Rome was a 4th-century deacon who was martyred during the persecutions of the emperor Diocletian.
ARDALION Ἀρδάλιον m Late Greek, Russian (Rare)
Probably derived from Greek ἀρδάλιον (ardalion) meaning "water pot". This was the name of a 4th-century saint and martyr from Asia Minor.
BABYLAS Βαβύλας m Late Greek, French (Rare)
Derived from the name of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon. Saint Babylas was a 3rd-century patriarch of Antioch who was martyred during the reign of the Roman emperor Decius.
BESSARION Βησσαρίων m Late Greek
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Greek βῆσσα (bessa) meaning "wooded valley". This was the name of a 5th-century Egyptian hermit who was a disciple of Saint Anthony the Great. It was later adopted by the scholar Basilios Bessarion (1403-1472), a Greek born in Byzantine Anatolia who became a Roman Catholic bishop.
CHRISTOPHOROS Χριστόφορος m Late Greek
Greek form of CHRISTOPHER.
DAREIA Δαρεία f Late Greek
Greek form of DARIA.
DARIA Δαρεία f Italian, Polish, Romanian, English, Croatian, Russian, Late Greek (Latinized)
Feminine form of DARIUS. Saint Daria was a 3rd-century Greek woman who was martyred with her husband Chrysanthus under the Roman emperor Numerian. It has never been a particularly common English given name. As a Russian name, it is more commonly transcribed Darya.
DIADUMENUS Διαδούμενος m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Διαδούμενος (Diadoumenos) meaning "wearing a diadem". This was the name of a sculpture by the 5th-century BC Greek sculptor Polyclitus.
DOROTHEA Δωροθέα f German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, English, Late Greek
Feminine form of the Late Greek name Δωρόθεος (Dorotheos), which meant "gift of God" from Greek δῶρον (doron) meaning "gift" and θεός (theos) meaning "god". The name Theodore is composed of the same elements in reverse order. Dorothea was the name of two early saints, notably the 4th-century martyr Dorothea of Caesarea. It was also borne by the 14th-century Saint Dorothea of Montau, who was the patron saint of Prussia.
DOROTHEOS Δωρόθεος m Greek, Late Greek
Greek masculine form of DOROTHEA.
DOSITHEOS Δωσίθεος m Late Greek
From Greek δόσις (dosis) meaning "giving" and θεός (theos) meaning "god".
DOSITHEUS Δωσίθεος m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of DOSITHEOS.
ELEUTHERIOS Ἐλευθέριος m Late Greek
Ancient Greek form of ELEUTHERIUS.
ELEUTHERIUS Ἐλευθέριος m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ἐλευθέριος (Eleutherios), which meant "free". This was the name of a 2nd-century pope, as well as several saints.
ELPIDIOS Ἐλπίδιος m Late Greek
Greek form of ELPIDIUS.
ELPIDIUS Ἐλπίδιος m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Ἐλπίδιος (Elpidios), which was derived from ἐλπίς (elpis) meaning "hope". This was the name of a 4th-century saint who spent twenty years in a cave in Cappadocia.
ERASMUS Ἔρασμος m Late Greek (Latinized)
Derived from Greek ἐράσμιος (erasmios) meaning "beloved". Saint Erasmus, also known as Saint Elmo, was a 4th-century martyr who is the patron saint of sailors. Erasmus was also the name of a Dutch scholar of the Renaissance period.
EUDOKIMOS Εὐδόκιμος m Late Greek
From Greek εὐδόκιμος (eudokimos) meaning "in good repute, honoured", itself from εὖ (eu) meaning "good" and δόκιμος (dokimos) meaning "approved, esteemed".
EULOGIOS Εὐλόγιος m Late Greek
Greek form of EULOGIUS.
EULOGIUS Εὐλόγιος m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Εὐλόγιος (Eulogios), derived from either of the words εὔλογος (eulogos) meaning "reasonable" or εὐλογία (eulogia) meaning "good language, praise, blessing". Both words are themselves derived from εὖ (eu) meaning "good" and λόγος (logos) meaning "drawing, writing".... [more]
GALAKTION Γαλακτίων m Late Greek, Georgian
Probably a derivative of Greek γάλα (gala) meaning "milk" (genitive γάλακτος). This was the name of a 3rd-century saint (also called Galation) who was martyred in Emesa, Syria.
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.
GLYKERIA Γλυκερία f Greek, Late Greek
From Greek γλυκερός (glykeros) meaning "sweet". This was the name of a 2nd-century saint from Heraclea.
GREGORIOS Γρηγόριος m Late Greek
Ancient Greek form of GREGORY.
GREGORIUS Γρηγόριος m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of GREGORIOS.
HELLADIOS Ἑλλάδιος m Late Greek
Greek form of HELLADIUS.
HELLADIUS Ἑλλάδιος m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Late Greek name Ἑλλάδιος (Helladios), which was derived from Ἑλλάδος (Hellados) meaning "of Greece". Saint Helladius was a 7th-century archbishop of Toledo.
IOANNICIUS Ἰωαννίκιος m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of IOANNIKIOS.
IOANNIKIOS Ἰωαννίκιος m Late Greek
Combination of IOANNES and Greek νίκη (nike) meaning "victory". This name was borne by Ioannikios (or Joannicius) the Great, a 9th-century Byzantine saint.
JOANNICIUS Ἰωαννίκιος m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of IOANNIKIOS.
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.
MACARIUS Μακάριος m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latin form of MACARIO.
MAKARIOS Μακάριος m Late Greek
Greek form of MACARIO.
MANOUEL Μανουήλ m Late Greek
Medieval Greek form of MANUEL.
MANUEL Μανουήλ m Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Romanian, Late Greek (Latinized)
Spanish and Portuguese form of EMMANUEL. In the spelling Μανουήλ (Manouel) it was also used in the Byzantine Empire, notably by two emperors. It is possible this form of the name was transmitted to Spain and Portugal from Byzantium, since there were connections between the royal families (king Ferdinand III of Castile married Elisabeth of Hohenstaufen, who had Byzantine roots, and had a son named Manuel). The name has been used in Iberia since at least the 13th century and was borne by two kings of Portugal.
METHODIOS Μεθόδιος m Late Greek
Greek form of METHODIUS.
METHODIUS Μεθόδιος m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Μεθόδιος (Methodios), derived from Greek μέθοδος (methodos) meaning "pursuit" or "method", ultimately from μετά (meta) meaning "with" and ὁδός (hodos) meaning "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.
NEILOS Νεῖλος m Greek Mythology, Late Greek
Greek name of the Nile River, possibly of Semitic origin meaning "river". In Greek mythology he was the god of the Nile, the son of Okeanos and Tethys.... [more]
NEKTARIOS Νεκτάριος m Greek, Late Greek
Derived from Greek νέκταρ (nektar) meaning "nectar, drink of the gods".
PANTELEIMON Παντελεήμων m Late Greek
From Greek πᾶν (pan) meaning "all" (genitive παντός) and ἐλεήμων (eleemon) meaning "compassionate". This was a name given to Saint Pantaleon.
PARASKEVAS Παρασκευάς m Greek, Late Greek
Masculine form of PARASKEVE.
PARASKEVE Παρασκευή f Late Greek
Derived from Greek παρασκευή (paraskeue) meaning "preparation" or "Friday" (being the day of preparation). This was the name of a 2nd-century saint who was martyred in Rome.
PHILOMENA Φιλομένα f English, German, Late Greek
From Greek φίλος (philos) meaning "friend, lover" and μένος (menos) meaning "mind, strength, force". This was the name of an obscure early saint and martyr. The name came to public attention in 1802 after a tomb seemingly marked with the name Filumena was found in Rome, supposedly belonging to another martyr named Philomena. This may have in fact been a representation of the Greek word φιλομήνη (philomene) meaning "loved".
PROSDOCIMUS Προσδόκιμος m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Προσδόκιμος (Prosdokimos) meaning "expected, looked for". The 1st-century saint Prosdocimus was the first bishop of Padua.
PROSDOKIMOS Προσδόκιμος m Late Greek
Greek form of PROSDOCIMUS.
ROMANOS Ρωμανός m Late Greek
Greek form of Romanus (see ROMAN). This was the name of four Byzantine emperors.
SABBAS Σάββας m Late Greek
Greek form of SABAS.
SMARAGDOS Σμάραγδος m Late Greek
Means "emerald" in Greek, of Semitic origin. This was the name of a 3th-century Roman martyr and saint, better known by the Latinized form of his name Smaragdus.
SOPHRONIA Σωφρονία f Literature, Late Greek
Feminine form of SOPHRONIUS. Torquato Tasso used it in his epic poem Jerusalem Delivered (1580), in which it is borne by the lover of Olindo.
SOPHRONIOS Σωφρόνιος m Late Greek
Greek form of SOPHRONIUS.
SOPHRONIUS Σωφρόνιος m Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Σωφρόνιος (Sophronios), which was derived from Greek σώφρων (sophron) meaning "self-controlled, sensible". Saint Sophronius was a 7th-century patriarch of Jerusalem.
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.
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.
TARASIOS Ταράσιος m Late Greek
Greek form of TARAS.
THECLA Θέκλα f Dutch (Rare), Late Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of THEKLA.
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.
THEOGNOSTOS Θεόγνωστος m Late Greek
From Greek θεός (theos) meaning "god" and γνωστός (gnostos) meaning "known, familiar".
THERAPON Θεράπων m Late Greek
Means "servant" or "worshipper" in Greek.
XENE Ξένη f Late Greek
Variant of XENIA. This was occasionally adopted as a monastic name during the Byzantine era.
XYSTOS Ξύστος m Late Greek
Greek form of SIXTUS.
ZENAIDA Ζηναΐδα f Late Greek
Apparently a Greek derivative of Ζηναΐς (Zenais), which was derived from the name of the Greek god ZEUS. This was the name of a 1st-century saint who was a doctor with her sister Philonella.
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