30 Names Inspired By Greek Mythology For Little Gods And Goddesses


A name is more than just a word. A name is something that represents us, it is the first image of us that we give to the world, and it’s something we will carry with us forever. A name is part of our essence and personality. For those reasons, it is important that parents take the time to find the ideal name for their children. A name that goes in tune with their ideals, values and the qualities that they expect to see in their baby.

Many parents seek different sources of inspiration when they begin this journey. The possibilities can be endless when it comes to baby names, from history, fictional characters, music, nature, family names, places, colours, movies, to books, among others. But at the end of the day, it does not matter what topic parents-to-be choose as a source of inspiration. All they need to do is take into consideration certain norms that ensure that it is the right name for their little ball of joy, such as meanings in other countries, how it sounds with their last name, spelling, pronunciation, origins, what their loved ones will think about it.

One of the topics as a source of inspiration that has resurfaced in recent years has been Greek mythology. Ideal for parents who enjoyed Homer’s writings, and everything related to mythology, today they will find here 30 names inspired by this topic that are worthy of the gods and goddesses of our hearts, our children.

Continue scrolling to keep reading

Click the button below to start this article in quick view

Start Now

30 Apollo


Via Instagram/ Babies.daily

Apollo is a masculine name that has Greek and Latin origins. Apollo in Greek mythology was the son of Leto and Zeus, and the twin of Artemis. He was also considered the God of music, arts, prophesy, knowledge and enlightenment in Greek mythology. Children who bear this name often have a fascination with music, art, and everything related to this field.

This name means “God of the sun,” and “strength.” Its right pronunciation in English is ə-PAW-lo; and currently, the name is ranked in the position number 254 in the popularity charts.

Apollo is one of those names that transmit certain magic and charm, that’s why think it could be the ideal option for parents who love to read about mythology, and are expecting a baby boy.

29 Atalanta

Via Instagram/ Babies.daily

Atalanta is a feminine name that has Greek roots. According to the legend, she was a fast-footed maiden who refused to marry anyone who could not beat her in a race.

She was eventually defeated by Hippomenes, who won the race since he tricked her by dropping three golden apples during the race, thus causing her to stop to pick them up. This name means “equal in weight,” “scale,” and “balance.”

Atalanta is a beautiful name for a princess, and it also offers the opportunity to tell a pretty interesting story behind the meaning of his name. Currently, the given name is ranked in the position number 21.046 in the popularity charts.

28 Athena

Via Instagram/FashionKids

Athena is a feminine name that has Greek and English roots. According to Greek mythology, Athena was the goddess of wisdom handicraft, and war. Athena was the daughter of Zeus.

She was said to have sprung from his head fully grown after he impregnated and swallowed her mother Metis. Dramatic! Experts in history explain that her name is derived from the city, and not vice versa. She is also associated with the olive tree and the owl.

When we think about this name, the first thing that crosses our minds is wisdom and beauty, qualities that are normally associated with mythological deities. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 80 in the popularity charts.

27 Adonis

Via Pinterest

Adonis is a masculine name that has Greek and Latin roots. The legend tells that Adonis was a handsome young man who passed while hunting a wild boar. 

But due to Aphrodite’s love for the young Adonis, the god Zeus allowed him to be restored to life for part of each year. And as a curious fact, the anemone flower is said to have sprung from his blood.

This name means “handsome,” and “lord.” Its right pronunciation in English is ə-DAW-nis, and it’s more common to hear it as a masculine given name in countries like Greece, France, and the United States. Currently, the name is ranked number 322 in the popularity charts.

26 Briseis 

Via Tumblr

Briseis is a feminine name that has Greek roots. In Greek mythology, Briseis was the daughter of Briseus. She was captured by Achilles during the Trojan War.

Sometime later she becomes the object of the dispute between Achilles and Agamemnon, which drives the plot of Homer’s Iliad. This name doesn’t have a particular meaning, and it’s right pronunciation in English is brie-SEE-is.

Briseis is a name full of grace that refers to an interesting story in the Greek mythology. Today it’s rare to find girls who carry this name, and that’s why it could be a good option for parents who are looking something unique and not that common. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 655 in the popularity charts.

25 Cassandra

Via Pinterest

Cassandra is a feminine name that has Greek, Latin, and English roots. In Greek mythology, Cassandra was a Trojan princess, as she was the daughter of Priam and Hecuba.

She was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, but when she spurned his advances he cursed her so nobody would believe her prophecies. This name was popular in the Middle Ages in England, and it resurfaced again in the 20th century. This name means “prophetess,” and its right pronunciation in English is kə-SAN-drə.

Cassandra is a beautiful name for a little princess, and it combines with almost any surname around the globe. It has a grace that attracts everyone’s attention. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 655 in the popularity charts.

24 Clio 

Via Pinterest

Clio is a feminine name that has Greek and Latin roots. In Greek myth, Clio was one of the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. She was one of the 9 muses, also known as the goddesses of inspiration and arts.

According to the story, Zeus and Mnemosyne met for 9 nights birthing the nine goddesses, which are Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania.

Clio is known as the Muse of History, and any women who carry this name are usually very pragmatic and intellectual people. Clio is a lovely name for a girl, as it represents wisdom and strength- two qualities that any parent want to see in their daughter. Currently, the name is ranked number 6.107 in the popularity charts.

23 Castor 

Via Pinterest

Castor is a masculine name that has Latin and Greek roots.

In Greek mythology, Castor was the son of Zeus and the twin brother of Pollux. Their mother was Leda, but they had different fathers; Castor was the mortal son of Tyndareus, the king of Sparta, while Pollux was the son of Zeus, who seduced Leda in the guise of a swan. Both represent the constellation Gemini.

Castor is one of those strong names that are so unique and rare to hear among kids today, they are impossible to forget. Its correct pronunciation in English KAS-tər, and this given name is currently ranked number 7.571 in the popularity charts.

22 Dionysus

Via Pinterest

Dionysus is a masculine name that has diverse roots such as Greek, and Latin. The story presents Dionysus as the god of wine, fruitfulness, vegetation, fertility, resurrection, festivals and the arts.

He was the god of joy who had social and beneficent influences. And according to experts, he was one of the promoters of civilization, a lawgiver, and lover of peace. He is also known as the patron deity of agriculture and the theater.

Usually, men who carry the name Dionysus are considered libertines, as they make their own rules and see life in their own way. They are also very positive people. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 12.187 in the popularity charts.

21 Damon

Via Pinterest

Damon is a masculine name that has Greek, English, Irish and Latin roots. According to the Greek myth, Damon and Pythias were friends who lived in Syracuse in the 4th century BC.

When Pythias was sentenced for his crimes, he was allowed to temporarily go free only if Damon take his place in prison. Pythias returned just before Damon was to be executed in his place, and the king was so impressed with their loyalty that he decided to forgive Pythias. That’s why the name means “Loyal friend.”

Experts explain that Damon has been used as an English name since the 20th century. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 367 in the popularity charts.

20 Dike 

Via Pinterest

Dike is a feminine name that has Greek roots. In Greek myth, she was the daughter of Zeus and Themis.

Although both Dike and her mother were considered personifications of justice, Dike represented more of the justice that’s based on socially enforced norms and conventional rules, while Themis was the representation of divine justice. The meaning of this name refers, of course, to “justice.”

Dike is a short and lovely girl name, which could be the perfect option for that little princess who is about to come to the lives of her parents. Its right pronunciation in English DEE-ke, and currently the name isn’t ranked in the popularity charts.

19 Europa 

Via Instagram/ project6nykids

Europa is a feminine name that has Greek roots. According to the story, she was the princess of Phoenicia. Her parents were Agenor, son of Poseidon, and Telephassa, and her brothers were Phoenix, Cilix and Cadmus. It is said that Zeus fell in love with Europa, and in order to have her to himself, he decided to become a white bull.

Europa is a graceful name that any little girl would be happy to bear. In fact, experts in language and names assure that the continent of Europe is named for the Greek goddess. Currently, the name isn’t ranked in the popularity charts.

18 Eros

Via Pinterest

Eros is a masculine name that has Greek roots.

According to the legend, Eros was the son of Aphrodite, goddess of beauty and love. He was armed with arrows that caused his victims will fall in love. This name is more common to hear in Greece and Italy. In fact, a famous bearer is Eros Ramazzotti, an Italian singer and songwriter.

Eros is the most pure representation of love, and could be the ideal option for a baby boy. Its correct pronunciation in English is ER-aws, and currently, the name is ranked in the position number 1.582 in the popularity charts.

17 Gaia 

Via Pinterest

Gaia is a feminine name that has Greek roots. In Greek mythology, Gaia was the mother goddess who ruled over the earth, and that’s why this name means “earth.”

Gaia was the goddess of nature, harvest, animals, fertility, motherhood, creation and life. She was the mother of the Titans, the Cyclopes, and any live creature in the earth.

Gaia represents life, and there isn’t a more beautiful way to honor a baby girl than naming her Gaia. This name is short, easy to write and spell, and besides it combines quite well with any surname. Its right pronunciation in English is GIE-ə, and currently, the name is ranked in the position number 900 in the popularity charts.

16 Glaucus 

imrengursoy[/caption]

Glaucus is a masculine name that has Greek and Latin roots. In Greek mythology, Glaucus was first a mortal. But he eventually became immortal after eating a magical herb, which turned him into a god of the sea. The first record of this name was used by Homer to define the sea, meaning “silver, shiny, green, and bluish.”

Even though its known as a masculine name, it can be used as a girls name too, especially as a middle name. Glaucus is a unique name that’s rare to hear among the children of our friends, so it could be the perfect option for parents who enjoy coloring outside the lines

15 Harmonia

Via Tumblr

Harmonia is a girl’s name that has Greek, and Latin roots. This name refers to the daughter of Ares and Aphrodite. Harmonia was an immortal goddess of harmony and concord.

The word defines the perfect combination between the higher and lower notes in music or sound. The name is associated to meanings such as “harmony,” or “to fit together, to join, arrange, and compose.”

Harmonia is a beautiful girl’s name that it’s easy to write, spell, pronounce, and remember. It combines with diverse surnames and middle names around the world, and it’s rare to hear it among little girls today. This could be the ideal option for parents who love Greek mythology and music.

14 Helios 

Via Pinterest

Helios is a masculine name that has Latin and Greek roots. This name refers to the Greek God Helios, son of the Titan Hyperion and the Titaness Theia.

Helios means “sun, east, day, and sunshine,” and that’s because Helios was the god of the sun, who drove his golden chariot across the sky each day. He is also the brother of Selene, but unlike her brother who runs the day, she brings night.

Helios is a quite popular masculine name in France, the United States and Greece. Its correct pronunciation in English is HEE-lee-aws, and the name is currently ranked in the position number 4.971 in the popularity charts.

13 Hera

Via Tumblr

Hera is a feminine name that has Greek and Latin roots. In Greek mythology, Hera was the queen of heavens and the gods as well as the goddess of Marriage, women, relationships, and fertility.

She was the sister and wife of Zeus, and mother of Ares, Hebe, Enyo, Eris, and Eileithyia. This name means “hero,” or “warrior” and its right pronunciation in English is HER-ə.

What we love about this name is its simplicity. Hera is a name that works well as a given name or middle name, it’s easy to write, spell, and remember. It also combines perfectly with any English-speaking surname. This name is currently ranked in the position number 1.481 in the popularity charts.

12 Kreios 

Via Tumblr

Kreios is a masculine name that has Greek, and Latin roots. In Greek mythology, Kreios was one of the Titans, as he was the son of Uranus and Gaia.

According to the legend, Kreios was the Titan god of constellations, measuring the duration of the year while his brother Hyperion measures the days and months. This name has some variations in its spelling such as Crius and Krios but is more common to find it as Kreios. Finally, the name means “lord” or “master.”

Kreios could be a good option for parents who love thinking outside the box. This name is strong, charming and charismatic. Also, is the kind of name that can add certain originality if we combine it with a classic given name.

11 Leander 

Via Pinterest

Leander is a baby boy name that has Greek, English, and Latin roots. This name refers to Leander, the lover of Hero and the virgin priestess Aphrodite.

Leander used to swim the Hellespont at night to visit her, guided by a light from her tower. But one stormy night the light was off, which caused Leander to drown. And Hero found his body, she drowned herself likewise.

This name means “lion,” and “lion of a man.” Its right pronunciation in English is lee-AN-dər, and it could be a good option for parents who seek to be original but are looking for something elegant and not too wild. Currently, this name is ranked in the position number 1.939 in the popularity charts.

10 Linus 

Via Pinterest

Linus is a masculine name that has Greek, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Latin roots. In Greek mythology, Linus was one of the children of the god Apollo.

The legend tells us that Linus invented melody and rhythm, and he later taught music to his brother Orpheus and then to Heracles. The name means “flaxen haired,” or “net,” and its right pronunciation in English is LIE-nəs.

Linus is a name quite popular in countries like Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. Many parents find this name a good option for their baby boy because is strong, short, easy to remember, combine, and has a certain charisma that draws people’s attention. Currently, the name ranked number 1.810 in the popularity charts.

9 Morpheus 

Via Pinterest

Morpheus is a masculine name that has diverse roots such as Greek, Spanish, Catalan, English, Hungarian, Italian, and Polish. But sometimes with can find the name as a girls middle name.

In Greek mythology, Morpheus is a god of dreams who appears in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. He is the son of Hypnos and Pasithea and is the leader of the Oneiroi. This god has the ability to take any human form and appear in dreams. In fact, in the medieval period, the name Morpheus began to stand generally for the god of dreams or of sleep.This name means “shaper of dreams” or “shapes.” Its correct pronunciation in English is MAWR-fee-əs, and the name is currently ranked number 12,187 in the popularity charts.

8 Melaina

Via Pinterest

Melaina is a feminine name that has Greek roots. In Greek mythology, Melaina was the name given to Demeter, a goddess of fertility. She was the daughter of was one of the local river gods, either Kephisos or Pleistos of northern Boeotia .

This name means ” blackness,” “darkness,” “clad in black,” “obscure,” and “enigmatic.” We can find variations of the name such as Melanie in other origins, like France, Spanish, Czech, German, Serbian, English, and Latin.

As its meaning, Melaina is a enigmatic name that draws everyone’s attention. Women who bear this name tend to be charismatic and over time they hold professional positions of great hierarchy. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 8,236 in the popularity charts.

7 Nyx 

Via Pinterest

Nyx is a feminine name that has diverse roots such as Greek, French, Russian, Catalan, Spanish, and Latin, among others. In Greek mythology, Nyx was the Greek goddess of the night. She was the daughter of Khaos and the wife of Erebos.

According to experts in mythology, in the beginning, only Chaos ruled the world. It was at that moment that the primordial gods emerged from which all the others proceed, such as Gaia (Mother Earth), Eros (the force of Procreation), Tartarus (the Underworld), a great well of darkness under the earth (Hell of the Greeks), Erebus god of Darkness and Nyx , the goddess of the Night.

Nyx is a lovely name that comes along with certain strength, and it could be the ideal option for parents who love short names. Currently,  the name is ranked number 7.016 in the popularity charts.

6 Oceanus 

Via Pinterest

Oceanus is a masculine name that sometimes can be used for baby girls as well. This name is the Latinized form of Okeanos which means “ocean, water, water mass, water raining down.” In ancient Greek, they believed that Oceanus was the personification of the Ocean, an enormous river encircling the world.

Oceanus could be the perfect name for people who love to coloring outside the lines. It’s strong, charm, has a beautiful meaning because water is always associated with life, purity and strength. It’s easy to combine with diverse middle names, and surnames, and it’s easy to introduce, write, and spell.

5 Pistis 

Via Pinterest

Pistis is a feminine name that has Greek, Hungarian, and Latin roots. In Greek mythology, Pistis was the personification of good faith, trust and reliability, and that’s why the meaning of the name in Greek is “trust,” while in Hungarian is “victorious.”

If parents-to-be are expecting a baby girl, and are seeking for feminine names over the avarage Pistis could be what they are looking for. Among the qualities that we love about the name, we can highlight that it’s easy to write, spell, pronounce. It’s also easy to remember and combine with diverse names. Finally, there is no record of the name in the popularity charts, which means that is rare to hear today among newborn girls.

4 Thalia

Via Pinterest

Thalia is a feminine name that has Greek, Roman, and Latin roots. . In Greek mythology, Thalia was one of the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. She was also one of the nine Muses, presiding over comedy and pastoral poetry.

Thalia was the name of one of the three Graces or Charites and the name means “to bloom, sprout, to grow, flourish, to swell, abound, verdant.” A famous bearer is Thalía, a Mexican singer, songwriter, producer, actress and entrepreneur.

Our children are our muses and our daily impulse. So what better way to honor a little princess than to name her by one of the 9 muses that inspired the mortals? Thalia is currently ranked in the position number 619 in the popularity charts.

3 Troy

Via Pinterest

Troy is a masculine name that has English, and Greek roots. According to experts in language and names, the origin of this name is still today unknown.

Some people believe that the name comes from an surname which originally referred to the city of Troy, a city that was situated in northwest Anatolia in what is now Turkey. It was also mentioned in Homer’s “Iliad,” as Troy was the place of the abduction of Helen, a queen from Sparta.

The name also reminds us of Troy Bolton, one of the main characters in Disney’s movies High School Musical. Troy is a name quite popular in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, England and Wales, and the United States. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 338 in the popularity charts.

2 Perseus 

Via Pinterest

Perseus is a masculine name that has Greek, and Latin roots. In Greek mythology, Perseus was a hero who founded the ancient city of Mycenae. He was the son of Zeus and Danaë.

And according to the story, it was Perseus who ended Medusa and claimed Andromeda, having rescued her from a sea monster sent by Poseidon. This name means “son of Danae,” and its right pronunciation in English is PUR-see-əs.

So, why Perseus? Because it’s a masculine, strong, and charming name. When you hear it the first time, it’s impossible not to feel intrigued about the person who bears this name. In fact, sometimes parents like to choose this name for little girls, especially as a middle name. Currently, Perseus is ranked in the position number 1,347 in the popularity charts.

1 Semele 

Via Pinterest

Semele is a feminine name that has Greek and Latin roots. In Greek mythology, Semele was one of the many lovers of Zeus and she was the mother of Dionysus.

Hera, being jealous, tricked Semele into asking Zeus to display himself in all his splendour as the god of thunder. When he did, Semele was struck by lightning. The name means “mother of Dionysus,” and it’s more common to hear as a given name in Italy and some countries of the English-speaking world.

Semele is a lovely name that has warm essence. It’s rare to hear among girls today and can combine quite well with almost any surname. It’s elegant, easy to write, spell, and pronounce, and could be a great option for parents who seek something not too complex.

References : name-doctor.com, babycenter.com, sheknows.com, nameberry.com, and behindthename.com



Source link

Add Comment

close