Mythological Names

Male Names
  • Aditya (Sanskrit) - Belonging to Aditi; sun [English and Hindi speaking countries]

    In Hindu mythology Aditya was the name of 33 of Aditi's children. See Aditi for more information.

  • 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).

  • Arjun (Indian) - White [English and Hindi speaking countries]

    Arjun or Arjuna is one of the heroes of the Mahabharata, a Hindu epic. He is one of the Pandava brothers, and known as the 'Peerless Archer' - his archery skills win him the hand in marriage of Draupadi.

  • Arthur (Gaelic) - Possibly "bear" or "stone" [English speaking countries]

    Arthur is a name that probably dates back as far as pre-Roman times in Britain. It is possibly derived from the Celtic "artos" (bear), the Irish Gaelic "art" (stone), or the Welsh term "arth gwyr," or "bear man." Its modern form may be based partly on t

  • Gareth (Welsh) - Uncertain, perhaps gentle [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    A Welsh name that most likely comes from the word gwaredd, meaning gentle. In legend he was the nephew of King Arthur and a knight of the Round Table.

  • Griffin (Welsh) - Reddish [English speaking countries]

    In mythology, a griffin is a creature who is half-eagle, half-lion.

  • Gunnar (Norse) - Battle; strife [English speaking countries]
  • 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

  • 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

  • Marcus (Latin) - From the god Mars [English speaking countries]

    A Roman praenomen (given name) with Etruscan origins; the original Latin form of Mark.
    Marcus was probably derived from the name of the Roman god of war Mars, or the adjective 'mas' meaning "male, virile". Hence the meaning "from Mars", "from the g

  • 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.

  • Oscar (English) - Divine spear [English, Gaelic and Swedish speaking countries]

    Oscar is a Scandinavian name derived from the Old English os "god" and gar "spear".
    It is also an Irish mythological name: Oscar was the name of Oisin's son and the grandson of the hero Fionn mac Cumhail. It almost certainly means "lover of deer" o

  • Troy (French) - Troyes [English speaking countries]

    Troy, as a surname, derives from the French city of Troyes. The ancient Greek island of Troy is, presumably, why Troy has become popular as a first name. The meaning is unknown. The name can also be an anglicisation of the Gaelic Troightheach, which me

  • Ulysses (Greek) - Walker [English speaking countries]

    Ulysses is the Latinized version of Odysseus.

    18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, went by this name. At birth. his name was Hiram Ulysses Grant (Ulysses being chosen in homage to the mythological hero) and the prospect of

Female Names
  • Aoife (Gaelic) - Beautiful; radiant; joyful [English and Gaelic speaking countries]

    According to Irish legend, Aoife was the greast female warrior in the world. This is currently a very popular name in Ireland.

  • Astrid (Norse) - God + fair, beautiful [Dutch, English, German, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    Compound name, from the elements 'as', which relates to the Aesir [a group of gods formed around Odin] and 'trud', 'fair' or 'beautiful'. It was the name of one of the Valkyries.

  • 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.

  • Aurora (Latin) - Dawn [English and Norwegian speaking countries]

    The aurorae are coloured lights that appear in the night sky in the polar zones. They are the result of the collision of charged ions from the magnetosphere with atoms in the upper atmosphere. They were named after Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn.

  • Camilla (Latin) - Altar server [English speaking countries]

    Camilla was the name of a legendary female warrior who chose to fight against Aeneas when he landed in Italy, and was killed on the battlefield. She one of the few strong female characters in Vergil's Aeneid.

    Camillus and camilla were two

  • 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.

  • Diana (Latin) - N/A [Dutch, English, Estonian, German, Spanish and Armenian speaking countries]

    Diana is derived from either an Indo-European root meaning "divine," or from the Latin "diviana," though neither theory is particularly well-sourced.

    Diana was the Roman goddess of the moon who eventually took on the huntress identity of th

  • 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.

  • Elaine (Greek) - Torch; bright light [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Old French form of Greek Helen. Revived in Britain at the end of the 19th century and very popular in the 1950s, especially in Scotland.

    In Arthurian legend, Elaine is a name shared by several different female characters, including King Art

  • Elissa (Hebrew) - My God is a vow [English speaking countries]

    A short form of Elisabeth, Elissa is also bestowed as an independent given name.

    Elissa is another name of the mythological, famous and tragic queen Dido of Carthage. Her history and faith formed a part of the plot of Virgil's Aeneas.

  • 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

  • Fay (English) - Fairy [English speaking countries]

    Fay is derived from Middle English faie meaning "fairy", such as in the popular Arthurian figure of Morgan Le Fay.

    Faye is also the English form of the old French Foy, meaning "faith" (from the Latin 'fides').
    Sainte Foy was a French

  • Freya (Norse) - Woman [English speaking countries]

    Freya may be taken as a variant of Freyja, name of a Nordic Earth goddess. Twin sister of Freyr, Freyja is the goddess of fertility and birth, also associated with death and the underworld. She is also a goddess of love and sexuality, of gold and silver.

  • 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

  • Isis (English) - Woman of the throne [English and French speaking countries]

    In ancient Egyptian religion, Isis was the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. She was considered the ideal wife and mother, and was believed to be a powerful magician. Isis was worshiped around the Mediterranean basin until the sixth century A.D.

  • Kali (Sanskrit) - Time; black [African, English, Hindi and Swahili speaking countries]

    Kali is the Hindu triple goddess of creation, preservation, and destruction
    Kali (spelled with a "long" a in Sanskrit) is a feminine form of the word "kala," meaning "time". It also means "black". It is a name of the Godess Durga.

  • 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.

  • Maeve (Gaelic) - Intoxicating [English speaking countries]

    Anglicization of the Gaelic name Maebh (also Méabh, Madhbh, Medb).

    Medb was the great warrior queen of Connacht in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. Her name might be related to mad (child), or to meisce and mean "the cause of great into

  • 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."

  • Niamh (Gaelic) - Radiance; brightness [English speaking countries]

    In Irish mythology, Niamh is a goddess and one of the queens of Tír na nÓg, the land of eternal youth. She was the lover of the poet-hero Oisín.

  • 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

  • Rhiannon (Welsh) - Nymph [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Rhiannon is the goddess of horses in Welsh mythology. Rhiannon is also the title of a Fleetwood Mac song.

  • Sabrina (Gaelic) - A Welsh river name [English speaking countries]

    Sabrina is linked to the River Severn in England, either through being the Goddess of the Severn, or being a nymph (also known as Hafren) who drowned in Severn, and so gave it her name. It is more likely that the character derived her name from the river,

  • 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]
  • Silvia (Latin) - Wooded; forest [English and Italian speaking countries]

    From legend, Rhea Silvia was the mother of Remus and Romulus, the founders of Rome.
    St Silvia was the mother of Pope Gregory the Great.

  • Tanis (Phoenician) - Serpent lady [English and Greek speaking countries]

    Greek cognate of the Phoenician Tanith.

  • 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.

  • Uma (Sanskrit) - Flax; luminous [English and Hindi speaking countries]

    Sanskrit name meaning "luminous or serene". Uma is also a name of the Goddess Parvati, derived from "U, ma!": "O (child), do not (practice austerities)!"

  • Zaria (Russian) - Sunrise [English speaking countries]

    Zarya (ZAHR yah) is the Russian word for "sunrise."

    Zaria or Zoria is the goddess of beauty in Slavic mythology. A once-popular goddess also associated with the morning, Zaria was known to her worshippers as "the heavenly bride." She was gr

Gender Neutral Names
  • Avalon (Welsh) - Apple tree [English speaking countries]

    Avalon is a legendary place name of uncertain origin.
    It is probably derived from afal (apple) and ynys (island), which gave the Welsh male name Afallon.

  • Irma (Germanic) - Universal [English, German and Hindi speaking countries]

    Irma is a short form of names beginning with "Irm-," which is a Germanic prefix meaning "universal." It is the same prefix from which names like "Emma" are derived as well.
    In the West it is seen as a feminine name though as a Hindu name it is ex

  • Long (Vietnamese) - Dragon [English and Vietnamese speaking countries]

    The name of one of the four sacred creatures in Viet Nam, the dragon. It is in part taken from several place names such as Ha Long Bay.

  • Mara (Hebrew) - Bitter [English, Hebrew, Hindi and Hungarian speaking countries]

    Mara is a name that appears in many mythologies.

    A Hebrew name meaning "bitter, bitterness", Mara is one with the Biblical figure of Naomi. She changed her name from Naomi (pleasant) to Mara after she suffered the deaths of her husband and

  • 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

  • Morgan (Welsh) - Uncertain, perhaps bright sea [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    From the Old Welsh masculine name Morcant, which is derived from Welsh mor (sea) or mawr (great), and can (bright, white) or cant (circle, completion).
    This name is common as a surname in both Wales and Ireland and is becoming increasingly popular

  • 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

  • Vivien (Latin) - Alive [English and French speaking countries]

    Vivien is the Old French masculine form of Vivian.

    Vivien was a hero of several French Medieval tales, the model of the young Christian warrior, dying for his faith.