Greek mythology baby names

If you’re after a baby name that radiates strength, wisdom, power or just ancient charm, maybe a name rooted in Greek mythology is what you’re looking for.

Read on for a list of names invoking legendary Greek gods, goddesses and other characters from mythology, and learn a bit about the meanings and stories behind each name.

Boy Names From Greek Mythology

Here are some great boy names from Greek mythology:

  • Damon. Coming from the Greek verb meaning ‘to tame’, this name is also symbolic of trust, friendship and loyalty. Legend has it that Damon risked his life for his friend Pythias.

  • Hector. This name is derived from the Greek for ‘to hold’ or ‘possess’. In mythology, Hector was a noble warrior who fought against the Greeks during the Trojan War.

  • Jason. You may have heard of Jason and his famous quest to find the golden fleece with his band of mighty warriors, the Argonauts. The name itself originates from the Greek word for ‘healer’.

  • Zeus. A stand-out name in Greek mythology, Zeus was the god of thunder and the sky and he ruled over all the other gods as well as humankind. He controlled the weather, too – while there’s no guarantee your little one will have the same ability, he’s still sure to bring plenty of sunshine into your life!

  • Hermes. Probably derived from a Greek word meaning ‘cairn’ (a carefully laid pile of stones used to mark out a boundary), this was the name of a Greek god who served as a messenger between Zeus and the other gods. Besides being associated with swiftness and good fortune, Hermes was the patron of travellers, athletes, orators and thieves.

  • Adonis. This name originates from a Phoenician word meaning ‘lord’. In Greek mythology, Adonis was a handsome young shepherd loved by Aphrodite (the goddess of love and beauty). Knowing this, it’s hardly surprising that Adonis is associated with male beauty. Could this be the perfect name for your handsome little boy?

  • Atlas. This name might come from a Greek word that means ‘to endure’. Atlas was a Titan (an early Greek deity) who was forced to carry the heavens on his shoulders as a punishment for his role in the war of the Titans.

  • Paris. In Greek mythology, Paris started the Trojan War by eloping with Helen of Troy, so this is a name steeped in romance. It’s also customarily given to boys and girls alike, so it might be a good choice if you don’t know your baby’s gender yet or you’re looking for a gender-neutral name.

  • Apollo. Apollo was the Greek god of music, art, prophecy, medicine, knowledge, law, beauty and wisdom. He was eventually also the god of sun and light. Experts aren’t sure where the name comes from, but one theory is that it might be rooted in a word that means ‘strength’.

  • Ajax. This unusual name could be derived from a Greek word meaning ‘mourner’ or possibly from another that means ‘earth’ or ‘land’. Ajax was a hero – famed for his strength and bravery – who fought in the Trojan War.

  • Argus. This name comes from a word that means ‘shining’. Several characters from Greek mythology had this name, including the man who built the ship – the Argo – that carried Jason and his Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece.

  • Linus. This name means ‘flax’ (a plant that’s cultivated for its seed, the linseed). In Greek mythology, Linus was the son of the god Apollo. It’s also said he was a great musician – what better name to choose if you’re keen for your little one to learn an instrument when he’s older?

  • Helios. From the Greek for ‘sun’, Helios was a young god who rode across the sky in a chariot. He was also the brother of the moon goddess Selene. The two together, Helios and Selene, could even make a great pair of twin baby names.

  • Mentor. Odysseus left Mentor – a wise and trusted guide – to guard his palace and his son when he went off to fight in the Trojan War. Mentor may be derived from the Greek for ‘mind’, ‘strength’ and ‘force’.

  • Midas. Midas was a king who – legend has it – was granted a wish by the god Dionysus: Everything Midas touched would turn to gold – hence the expression: to have the ‘Midas touch’.

  • Nestor. Legend has it that this was the name of the mythological king of Pylos, who lived to a ripe old age and was famed for his wisdom. He was also one of the Argonauts who accompanied Jason on his voyage of adventure. It comes from the Greek word meaning ‘homecoming’.

  • Achilles. The meaning of this name is uncertain, but Achilles was renowned as one of the bravest warries in the Trojan War. He was killed by an arrow that shot the only vulnerable part of his body: his heel. This is where the Achilles tendon – which connects the calf muscles to the heel – gets its name.

  • Alexander. From the Greek word meaning ‘defender of the people’. In Greek mythology, the hero Paris was also sometimes called by the name Alexander. Plenty of real-life kings throughout history have had this name too – the most famous is probably Alexander the Great, who ruled over a vast empire in the 4th century BC.

  • Eros. This name means ‘love’. The Greek god Eros was the son of Aphrodite. Just like Cupid (his counterpart from Roman mythology), he was armed with arrows that caused those they pierced to fall in love. Don’t be surprised if one of those magic arrows hits you when you cradle your adorable newborn baby boy in your arms!

  • Hyperion. A Titan who ruled over the sun and light, Hyperion was the father of Helios the sun god, Eos the goddess of dawn and Selene the moon goddess. Hyperion was one of the original 12 Titans, although his name isn’t as widely known as the other Titans or gods. Zeus’s father, Cronus, was Hyperion’s brother.

  • Leander. Derived from a combination of the words meaning ‘lion’ and ‘man’. Leander was not only brave, but a true romantic who loved the priestess Hero so much that he swam to her across the Hellespont every night.

  • Theseus. The origins of this name are uncertain, but it could bey derived from a Greek verb meaning ‘to place’ or ‘to set’. In mythology, Theseus was a heroic king of Athens. Legend has it that the Cretan king Minos demanded that Theseus sacrifice seven boys and seven girls to the Minotaur monster every seven years. Theseus went in place of one of the children to slay the Minotaur. With the help of Ariadne, he succeeded.

  • Simon. A popular name whose meaning is derived from a Greek word meaning ‘flat-nosed’. Simon was a demigod who was one of the first inhabitants of Rhodes.

  • Patroclus. This unusual but classic-sounding name comes from a Greek word meaning ‘glory of the father’. Patroclus was a hero who fought against the Trojans.

  • Prometheus. This name comes for the Greek for ‘foresight’ or ‘forethought’. In mythology, Prometheus was a Titan who gave the knowledge of fire to humankind.

  • Neilos. This is the Greek name of the Nile River, and the mythological Neilos was the god of the Nile. The Nile was a bustling corridor of life and commerce, so this would be a mighty and powerful name for your lively little boy.

  • Lykos. Meaning ‘wolf’, this name was given to several characters in Greek myths.

  • Myles. Probably derived from a word that means ‘mill’, Myles was the name of the king of Laconia according to Greek mythology.

  • Priam. This name may come from the Greek word meaning ‘redeemed’. Priam was the king of Troy during the Trojan War. He had many children, including Hector and Paris.

  • Xanthos. This bright name means ‘yellow’, like the sun – and what better name for the sunshine of your life? Your little boy’s face is sure to light up when he hears you calling it out to him.

  • Zephyr. This Greek god was the ruler of the west wind, which brought early spring and summer breezes. This could be an inspired name to choose for a little boy who will bring you warmth and smiles.

  • Diomedes. From a combination of Greek words meaning ‘of Zeus’ and ‘to think’ or ‘to plan’, this name has a strong and noble ring to it. Diomedes was one of the greatest heroes of Greek mythology, fighting the Trojans alongside Odysseus.

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Girl Names From Greek Mythology

Here are some wonderful girl names from Greek mythology:

  • Athena. Athena was the Greek goddess of warfare and wisdom, so it’s a fine name for a wise and powerful daughter. Athena is also the patron goddess of Greece’s capital city Athens.

  • Daphne. In Greek, this name means ‘laurel’. The Daphne of Greek mythology was a beautiful nymph who was turned into a laurel tree to escape the advances of the god Apollo.

  • Helen. This name – synonymous with female beauty – is thought to come from the Greek word for ‘torch’. Helen was the daughter of the powerful god Zeus, and according to Greek mythology she was one of the most beautiful women of her time. It was her elopement to Troy with Paris that ultimately triggered the Trojan war.

  • Penelope. This name represents loyalty and faithfulness in relationships. In Homer’s epic ‘Odyssey’, Penelope fended off the advances of suitors while her husband Odysseus was fighting in the Trojan war.

  • Phoebe. A Titan whose name means ‘bright’ and ‘pure’, Phoebe was associated with the moon in Greek mythology. This name could be the perfect choice for a little girl who will shine so brightly in your life.

  • Selene. The Greek goddess of the moon, Selene was said to drive the silver moon chariot – drawn by two white horses – across the sky every night. Another variant of this name is Selena.

  • Iris. With a name meaning ‘rainbow’ in Greek, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow and a messenger to the gods. Iris is also the name of the coloured part of the eye. If you choose this one, you’ll literally see your daughter’s name every time you look into those gorgeous eyes of hers!

  • Clio. With a name deriving from the Greek word kleos, meaning ‘glory’, she was the goddess of history and heroic poetry. Clio was one of the Nine Muses, deities that gave people the inspiration they needed to create art, poetry, drama, music and more. Legend has it she introduced the alphabet to Greece. This name is sometimes spelled Cleo.

  • Cassandra. A Trojan princess, Cassandra was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo. The name is possibly derived from a Greek word meaning ‘to excel’ or ‘to shine’.

  • Thalia. One of the Nine Muses, Thalia presided over pastoral poetry and comedy. Her name originates from a Greek word meaning ‘to blossom’.

  • Gaia. From the Greek for ‘earth’, Gaia was earth’s mother goddess. Gaia is connected to the creation of the earth. For that little girl who means the world to you, Gaia could be the perfect name.

  • Anthea. This vibrant name comes from a Greek word meaning ‘flower’ or ‘blossom’. If you’d like a name for your baby that has a floral ring to it as well as a classic, mythological feel, this could be just what you’re looking for! For even more flower-related names, check out these floral baby names.

  • Larisa. This name is possibly derived from a word meaning ‘citadel’. The nymph Larisa was either the daughter or the mother of Pelasgus, the ancestor of the mythical Pelasgians – the oldest inhabitants of Greece, according to legend. This name is sometimes spelled Larissa.

  • Harmonia. In Greek mythology, Harmonia was the daughter of the goddess Aphrodite and the god Ares. The name means ‘harmony’ or ‘agreement’. If your little girl could be one to bring peace or just add a little sweet music to life, this could be an excellent name.

  • Aella. It comes from the Greek word meaning ‘whirlwind’, so you might find this name even more appropriate when your little one reaches the terrible twos! Aella was a mighty Amazon warrior. She went down in a battle against Herakles as she fought to protect the magical girdle of her queen, Hippolyta.

  • Chloe. This name means ‘green shoot’ in Greek, referring to new plant growth in the spring. In mythology, it was an alternative name used to describe the goddess Demeter.

  • Calypso. With a name likely derived from a Greek word that means ‘she who conceals’, Calypso was a nymph who fell in love with Odysseus when he was washed up on her island after a shipwreck.

  • Medea. In Greek mythology, she was a sorceress who helped Jason capture the Golden Fleece. Medea’s name may be derived from a word meaning ‘to think’ or ‘to plan’. Jason betrayed Medea, and she took terrible revenge.

  • Cora. From the name Kore in Greek, this name means ‘maiden’. Cora was another name for the goddess Persephone. This sweet and traditional-sounding name might be just right for your little girl.

  • Dione. From the Greek word dios, meaning ‘of Zeus’, this name effectively means ‘goddess’. According to some Greek legends, Dione was the mother of Aphrodite.

  • Hermione. According to the stories of old, Hermione was the daughter of Helen and Menelaus. Her name is derived from Hermes, the messenger god.

  • Ione. Meaning ‘violet flower’ in ancient Greek, Ione was a sea nymph. If you’re looking for a beautiful name that has its roots in flowers and the sea, this one could be a lovely choice.

  • Melia. Her name means ‘ash tree’ in Greek and is derived from the word for ‘honey’, so it could suit your sweet little girl down to the ground. In Greek mythology, Melia was a nymph and daughter of the god Okeanos.

  • Circe. From a Greek word that might mean ‘hawk’. Circe was a sorceress who changed Odysseus’s crew into pigs, but luckily for them he forced her to change them back into men.

  • Hera. The original meaning of this name is uncertain, but it could from the Greek for ‘hero’, or possibly ‘chosen one’. In Greek mythology she was the queen of all the gods and presided over marriage and childbirth.

  • Pallas. This name can be given to a girl or a boy and comes from the Greek word that means ‘maiden’. In mythology, Pallas was a friend of the goddess Athena who accidentally killed her. Athena then took the name of Pallas in honour of her.

  • Themis. The name means ‘divine law’ or ‘law of nature’. Themis was a Titan who ruled over custom and natural law. She was often depicted holding scales and wearing a blindfold.

  • Rhea. In Greek mythology, the Titan Rhea was the mother of Zeus, Poseidon, Demeter, Hera, Hades and Hestia – the first generation of Greek gods and goddesses – so Rhea could be an excellent choice for a little girl with a bright future ahead.

Finding the perfect name for your baby boy or girl takes thought and patience. Whether you’re inspired by the legends behind these Greek mythology names or just like the way they sound, maybe this list will help you to find one that suits your little god or goddess.

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