Enchanting Names from Greek Mythology

Ancient Greek Names With Fancy Meanings

Salome | 18.10.2021

Whether Odysseus, Artemis or Aphrodite – almost everyone has heard of these names and knows the stories that go with them, because these names come from Greek mythology. The Greek world of legends fascinates us with exciting stories about gods, demigods, mythical creatures and monsters.

The works of Hesiod and Homer are the main sources of our mythological knowledge today. Their Odyssey, Iliad and Theogony give us a deep insight into the Greek mythological world.

Many names that appear in Greek mythology have special meanings. With such a name selection you are not only giving your baby virtues, but also a special story on their life path.
You will be surprised how many names have their origins in the Greek mythology. We have made a selection of the most beautiful names for boys and girls for you and want to take you into the world of gods and sagas while reading.

Greek Mythology Baby Girls Names

  • Aella was an Amazon warrior. The meaning of her name is “whirlwind”.
  • Aglaia is a daughter of Zeus and one of the three Charites. Her name means “beautiful”, “brilliant”, “splendid” and “shining one”.
  • Altea derived from the name Althaia and means “healing” or “healer”. She was the queen of Calydon.
  • The name Ambrosia has the meaning “immortal”.
  • Ariadne is the goddess of fertility. Her name means “most holy”.
  • Ariana derived from the name Ariadne and thus has the same meaning.
  • The name Artemis probably means “safe”, “butcher” or “bear”. She was the Greek goddess of the moon and hunting.
  • “Rising sun” or “sunrise”: Asia.
  • Asteria can also be seen in the sky, because the name means “star” or “of the stars”.
  • Athena or Athene is the goddess of wisdom, handicraft and warfare.
  • Aura is the Greek goddess of the breezes and therefore means “breeze” or “soft wind”
  • The meaning of the name Autonoë is unknown. In the Greek mythology, she was one of king Cadmus’ four daughters.
  • Briseis, also known as Hippodámeia, was the daughter of Briseus and thus means “daughter of Briseus”. The nice name Brisa derived from Briseis.
  • Kalliope is one of the nine muses and has a “beautiful voice”.
  • “Most beautiful” is Kallisto, a lover of Zeus.
  • The mysterious meaning “she that conceals” or “she who hides” is behind the name Calypso, who is a nymph on the island of Ogygia with Odysseus as her prisoner and lover for seven years.
  • The name Cassandra presumably means “shining upon men”, “who fills men with love” or “catcher of men” and “entangler of men”. She was a Trojan princess, but no one believed her prophecies about the Trojan war.
  • Cassiopeia means “cassia juice”
  • “Grace” and “kindness”: Charis
  • Clio is a Latinized form of the Greek name Kleio. Both names have the meanings “glory” or “fame”
  • In Greek mythology, Danaë was a lover of Zeus and the mother of Perseus. Her name has the meaning “of the Danaans”
  • Daphne was a nymph who was turned into a laurel tree by her father Peneios, so her name means “laurel”
  • “Man-destroyer” or “destroyer of her husband” is Deianeira
  • Delia is an epithet of Artemis, a Greek goddess, who was born on the island of Delos. Therefore, the name Delia means “from Delos”
  • Despina is a modern form of the Despoina, the daughter of Demeter and Poseidon
  • The nymph Elara is a symbol for “mother love”
  • Electra is a Latinized variant of the name Elektra and has the meanings “amber”, “shining”, “incandescent” and “bright”
  • Elpida and Elpis mean “hope”
  • Eni is a short form of the name Iphigenie and means “of strong birth”
  • “Warlike” is Enyo
  • Euphrosyne is a daughter of Zeus. Her name means “mirth” and “merriment”
  • Faina is “shining”
  • And the “goddess of the earth” is Gaia
  • Helen is the daughter of Zeus and Leda and was considered the most beautiful woman. Her name means “torch”, “beautiful”, “light”, “bright” and “shining”
  • Hermione is in turn the daughter of Helen. The meaning of her name is “pile of stones” or “boundary maker”
  • And Hestia was the goddess of the hearth and domestic activity in Greek mythology, so her name means “hearth” and “fireside”
  • “Freer of horses” is Hippolyta
  • And the name Ide stands for a “wooded hill”
  • Illeana is considered a variant of the name Helen
  • The eldest daughter of King Agamemnon is called Iphigenie. Her name means “of strong birth”
  • Iris has the beautiful meaning “rainbow”
  • The name Larissa means “seamew” or “gull”
  • In the Greek mythology, Leda is the daughter of King Thestius and Eurythemis. She was the wife of king Tyndareus of Sparta and lover of Zeus, who seduced her in the guise of a swan. She had the children Helen, Clytemnestra, Castor and Polydeuces
  • Maia means “midwife” and “foster mother”
  • And the name Medea has the meanings “to think”, “to plan”, “to rule” and “wise”
  • “Black” and “dark” is Melia, but the name also means “honey” and “ash tree”
  • The names Meline and Melissa also have the meaning “honey”
  • Memphis is the daughter of the river-god Neilos. Her name means “enduring beauty”
  • Moira has the meaning “destiny”, “fate”
  • A “water nymph” is Naia
  • Nais is a “river nymph”
  • And Nerina is a “sea nymph”
  • The Greek goddess of victory is Nike, so her name means “victory”
  • “A new beginning”, “goal” and “ambition”: Nysa
  • Oceana means “ocean”
  • Olympia is “from the mountain Olymp”. In the Greek mythology, Olymp is the home of the Greek Gods
  • Pandora is “gifted by everyone”
  • And Penelope is the wife of Odysseus. Her name presumably means “pure”, “naked” or “duck”
  • The goddess of dead, underworld and fertility is Persephone. Her name has the meaning “female thresher of grain”, but also “destroying murderer”
  • Phyllis was a Greek princess, who killed herself out of love. She was transformed into a leafless almond tree, which was foliated after her love embraced her. Therefore, her name means “foliage”
  • The name Rhea has the meaning “flowing” or “flowing stream”
  • A “moon goddess” is Selene
  • The name Sibyl means “seer” and “oracle”
  • Sirena and Sirene have the meaning “enchanter”
  • And Thalassa means “sea”
  • Thalia is one of the nine Muses of comedy and poetry. Her name means “flourishing”
  • The goddess of astronomy and astrology is Urania. Her name means “heaven” and “heavenly”
  • The name Xanthe stands for “fair hair”
  • Yris is a variant o the name Iris and means “rainbow”
  • And the name Zelia has the meanings “jealous” or “eager”

Greek Mythology Baby Boy Names

  • In Greek mythology, Achilles was the bravest and most important hero in the war against the Trojans. His name means “he whose people have distress” and “he who has the people distressed” or “thin-lipped”
  • Adonis was the God of of beauty, desire and vegetation and a lover of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. His name has the meaning “lord”
  • The name Agathon has the beautiful meaning “good”
  • “Manly”, “masculine” and “brave” is Andros
  • Anthonin and Anton are “of inestimable worth”
  • Apollon is in the Greek mythology a son of Zeus and Leto and the twin brother of Artemis. His name presumably means “to destroy”, “averter of evil”, “not many” or “always shooting”
  • Ares was a bloodthirsty God of war and massacre, so his name has the meanings “ruin” and “bane”
  • Artemis is a name for boys and girls, which means “safe”, “butcher” or “bear”
  • In Greek mythology, Atlas was a titan, who was doomed by Zeus to carry the heavens on his shoulders, so his name has the meanings “to endure” or “to suffer”
  • “Fearless” is Atréju
  • Chares means “grace” and “kindness”
  • Dionysos is a son of Zeus and the god of of the grape-harvest, of wine, of fertility and fruit, vegetation, insanity and ritual madness
  • Hektor was one of the Trojan heroes who fought against the Greeks. His name means “holding fast”
  • “Sun, “sunlight” and “sunshine”: Helios
  • Der Name Hercules has the meaning “glory of Hera”
  • Hyakinthos was a lover of the God Apollo. His name means “hyacinth flower”
  • Icarus was the son of Daedalus, who came too close to the sun with his father’s self-made wings, whereupon the wax melted and he fell into the sea
  • And Ion was the ancestor of the Ionians
  • Laios is the king of Thebes and father of Oedipus
  • The name Leto means “the hidden one” or “the forgotten one”
  • Linos was the son of Apollo. His name means “lamentation”, “personification of lamentation” and “flax”
  • “Enduring and beautiful” is Memphis
  • Myles is in Greek mythology the king of Laconia
  • The “God of the sea” is Narius
  • Narziss fell in love with his own mirror image and was turned into a narcissus flower after his death, so his name means “narcissus flower”
  • The name Odysseus has the meanings “wrathful” and “hateful”
  • Pan is the god of the wild and nature and his name means “shepherd” or “protector”
  • The name Phileas has the beautiful meanings “friend” or “lover”
  • Phineus was a seer and king at Salmydessus in Thrace and the husband of Cleopatra
  • “Of inestimable worth” is Toni
  • Ulysses is a Latin variant of Odysseus and means “wrathful” and “hateful”
  • Xanthos stands for “fair hair”
  • And Zephyr is in Greek mythology the God of the west wind, so his name means “the west wind”

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