Greek Mythological Names

Male Names
  • Adonis (Phoenician) - Lord [English, Greek and Spanish speaking countries]

    Adonis was the name of the Phoenician god of spring. In Greek mythology Adonis was the name of a boy loved by Aphrodite. The name is derived from the Phoenician 'adon' (lord).

  • Damon (Greek) - To tame [English speaking countries]

    The Greek story of Damon and Pythias is meant to symbolise friendship.

    Damon Hill is a former Formula 1 racing driver. Damon Albarn is a British singer-songwriter, associated with the bands 'Blur' and 'Gorillaz'.

  • Hector (Greek) - Holding fast [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    Latinised form of the Greek Hektor. In Greek mythology Hector was the son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. According to Homer's Iliad, the warrior Hector was killed by Achilles in a fit of vengeful wrath after slaying Achilles' comrade Patroclus in

  • Homer (Greek) - Pledge or hostage [English speaking countries]

    The most famous bearer of this name in history is undoubtedly the ancient Greek epic poet. This association has been unfortunately overshadowed in recent years by the cartoon buffoon, Homer Simpson. There are many towns in the U.S. that bear the name Ho

  • Jason (Greek) - Healer [English speaking countries]

    Jason is a popular name in English-speaking countries. It was borne in Greek mythology by the great Thessalian hero who led the Argonauts in the quest for the Golden Fleece. A Jason is mentioned in the Biblical books of Acts and Romans, his house is used

  • Nestor (Greek) - Return [English speaking countries]

    Nestor comes from the root 'nes', from which the ancient Greek language also developed 'neomai' ('to go away/back', 'to go to war') and 'nostos' ('a return home', 'a journey'). In Greek mythology Nestor was the son of Neleus and Chloris and King of Pylos.

  • Orion (Greek) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    Orion was a hunter in Greek mythology. A constellation also bears his name.
    The name is possibly related to Greek 'horion' ('boundary, limit') or 'ouron' ('urine'), which relates to the myth.

Female Names
  • Athena (Greek) - N/A [English and Greek speaking countries]

    Athena was the Greek goddess of wisdom, civilization and war. The Greek city of Athens was named after her.

  • Charis (Greek) - Grace; charm [English speaking countries]

    The name of a wife of the Greek god Hephaestus. A Charis was also a member of the Charites, or Graces, goddesses who represented the most favorable qualities of women.

  • Cora (Greek) - Maiden [English speaking countries]

    From the Greek 'korè' meaning 'girl'. The term 'korè' was used for certain female statues in ancient Greek sculpture. Her male counterpart was the so-called 'kouros'.
    In Greek mythology Cora was a byname of the goddess Persephone and it was the na

  • Cynthia (Greek) - From Kynthos [English and Greek speaking countries]

    In ancient times Cynthia was a cult title of the Greek god Apollo (from Mount Kynthos on Delos, the island on which Apollo was born) and not used as a girl's first name. The Latin elegist Propertius did write love poetry to a woman called Cynthia, but he

  • Daphne (Greek) - Laurel [English speaking countries]

    In Greek mythology, Daphne was a nymph who, when chased by an amorous Apollo, was changed into a laurel bush. In the English-speaking world, Daphne became popular at the end of the 19th century and has remained in use ever since.

    Daphne is

  • Doris (Greek) - Dorian woman [English speaking countries]

    Doris is an Ancient Greek name referring to a Dorian woman, from the Greek meaning "gift; bounty".
    In Greek mythology, Doris was the Oceanid wife of the sea-god Nereus, and mother of the fifty Nereides.

  • Elysia (Greek) - Struck by lightning [English speaking countries]

    Elysia comes from the Greek Elysion (Latinized as 'Elysium'). Elysium was a part of the Greek underworld roughly equivalent to our idea of 'heaven'. Elysium is an obscure and mysterious name that evolved from a designation of a place or person struck by l

  • Eunice (Greek) - Good victory [English speaking countries]

    Eunice is the Latinized form of the Greek name Eunike, composed of the elements 'eu' ('well, good, fair') and 'nike' ('victory'). Eunike appears in Greek mythology as a Neriad and a nymph. There is also a Eunike in the Bible. She is the mother of Timothy

  • Helen (Greek) - Wicker, reed, shoot; torch; basket [English speaking countries]

    The English name Helen comes from the ancient Greek Helene. In Greek mythology it famously belonged to Helen of Troy, the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta who caused the Trojan War by sailing to Troy with Paris. For a discussion on the etymology of the nam

  • Irene (Greek) - Peace [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    In Greek mythology, Eirene or Irene was the goddess who personified peace. Although she did not play an active part in many myths, Eirene was still a source of inspiration for several ancient artists, writers, and poets. Child of Zeus and Themis, the godd

  • Iris (Greek) - Rainbow [Dutch and English speaking countries]

    Iris was the ancient Greek goddess of the rainbow. Iris can also refer to a genus of ornamental flowering plants, or a part of the eye.

    Writer-philosopher Iris Murdoch was a famous bearer of this name.

    The painting "Irises,"

  • Karis (Greek) - Grace; charm [English speaking countries]
  • Larissa (Russian) - From the ancient city Larisa [English speaking countries]

    Larissa is a Greek city, the capital of Thessaly. It is situated in an area that has been inhabited for 12000 years. Larissa is also the name of a moon of Neptune. In Greek mythology, Larissa was a nymph from Thessaly.

  • Maia (Greek) - Uncertain, perhaps mother or great one [English speaking countries]

    Of uncertain meaning, Maia appears in both Greek and Roman mythologies.
    It might come from the Old Greek word for mother or nurse. The root 'ma' means motherhood.
    Her name could also derived from the root mai- "great", seen also in Latin ma

  • Melissa (Greek) - Honey-bee [English speaking countries]

    From the Greek "honey bee".

    In Greek mythology, this was the name of a nymph that saved Zeus from his father, Cronus.

    The 16th century Italian poet Ariosto used the name for a good fairy in his poem "Orlando Furioso."

  • Oceana (Greek) - Ocean [English speaking countries]

    Feminine form of Oceanus.

  • Olympia (Greek) - From Mount Olympus [English speaking countries]

    Feminine form of Olympos, from Mount Olympus where the gods of Greek mythology lived.

  • Penelope (Greek) - Weaver; duck [English speaking countries]

    In Greek mythology, Penelope was the wife of Odysseus who waited for him to return to her for twenty years. She avoided remarriage by claiming she would not remarry until she had completed her father-in-law's funeral shroud; every night, she unraveled pa

  • Phoebe (Greek) - Bright; moon [English speaking countries]

    In Greek mythology Phoebe was the Titan mother of Leto, who was in turn mother of Apollo and Artemis. In popular culture Phoebe is a character from the popular sitcom Friends.

  • Phyllis (Greek) - Foliage [English, German and Greek speaking countries]
  • Rhea (Greek) - Earth [English speaking countries]

    Rhea is the Latin form of the Greek name Rheia. In Greek mythology, Rheia was a Titan, the sister and wife of Chronos, and the mother goddess who gave birth to many of the other major gods and goddesses. The name is most likely a form of 'era' (earth), al

  • Scotia (Greek) - Dark one [English speaking countries]

    Scotia was one of the names of Aphrodite, ancient Greek goddess of beauty. Scotia is the Latinised form of the Greek name.

  • Selena (Greek) - Moon [English speaking countries]
  • Selene (Greek) - Moon [English speaking countries]

    Selene was the Greek goddess of the Moon.

  • Thalia (Greek) - To flourish; bloom [English speaking countries]

    Latinized form of the Greek Thaleia.
    In Greek mythology, Thalia is the Muse of comedy and idyllic poetry.
    This was also the name of one of the Three Graces, daughters of Zeus. Her sisters are Aglaia and Euphrosyne.

Gender Neutral Names
  • Ira (Hebrew) - Watchful [English, German and Hindi speaking countries]

    In the Bible Ira is King David's priest. Popular in the early part of the twentieth century it has since become rare. This is said EYE rah.

    It is also used as a female name in Germany and other European countries. This use comes from it be

  • Maya (Greek) - Uncertain, perhaps mother or great one [English, French, Hindi, Japanese and Spanish speaking countries]

    Maya is mostly taken in English-speaking countries as a variant of the mythological name Maia, usage influenced by the common English word and name "May".

    It is also the Spanish form of the name, and a common pet form of Amalia.

  • Memphis (Greek) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    From the name of the town in Tennessee.

    Memphis is also the Greek name of the ancient capital of the first nome of Lower Egypt, and of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, which was known in Ancient Egyptian as the city of the "white walls". According

  • Paris (Greek) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    In Homer's epic poem "The Iliad", Paris was the Trojan Prince whose vanity caused the start of the Trojan war and the eventual downfall of his city. In Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet", Paris was the man the Capulet's wanted Juliet to marry. Paris

  • Phoenix (Greek) - Phoenix; deep red [English speaking countries]

    A phoenix is a mythical bird with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). It has a 500 to 1,000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; bo