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Below you'll find a list of Greek, Roman, Latin, and Titan names, both ancient and modern, with short explanations about what the name means. Some are hard to pronounce, so I've included explanations of how you say them. You will find. . .
- epic Greek and Roman names for girls
- baby names after the heroes of the Trojan War
- heroic names for girls
- the names of the muses
- a list of Titan gods and goddesses
- heavenly names from Latin and Greek astronomy
- and a long list of gender-neutral Greek and Latin options.
Epic Greek Names for Girls
Aetna (or Etna): A nymph and a mountain in Greece.
Aretha: This name could possibly derived from Greek ἀρετή (arete), virtue; moral, virtuous, excellent.
Arachne: (pronounced uh-rak-nee): She was the skilled weaver whose talents earned the wrath of Athena, who turned her into a spider. Arachnophobes, beware!
Ariane/Ariana/Arianna: This one is probably actually Persian or Latin rather than Greek, but the name is also the Latinized form of the name Ariadne (see below).
Basilia: Royal, regal. The female form of Basel or Basil.
Cressida: Golden girl. Also appears in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida.
Calista, Callisto: The most beautiful. A nymph of Artemis affiliated with Ursa Major.
Cassandra: Truth-teller. She was cursed to speak true prophecies but never to be believed. A seer, a witness.
Charisma (pronounced kar-is-mah): Favor, gift, grace, attractiveness.
Circe (pronounced sir-see): Daughter of Helios, the Titan sun god, and Perse, an ocean nymph. An enchantress and herbalist famous for her potions and spells. In the Odyssey, she changes men to swine. The name is likely derived from the ancient word for hawk or falcon.
Cybele: Mother of the gods.
Danae, Danaë (pronounced da-nay): Perseus's mother.
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Daphne (pronounced daf-nee): The Greek word for laurel; a naiad.
Dimitra: Means earth mother or follower of Demeter (the goddess of agriculture); the feminine form of the name Dimitri.
Desdemona: Greek δυσ + δαίμων; Unfortunate or born under an unlucky star. Also seen in Shakespeare's Othello.
Elektra: Bright one. Freud named a complex after her.
Eleni: From ancient Greek “hēlios/ἥλιος,” meaning torch, ray of sun, bright light; anglicized as Helen (see below).
Georgia: Farmer or one who works with the earth; feminine form of the name George.
Helen, Helena: From Eleni (see above)—bright and shining light.
Hermione (pronounced her-my-oh-nee): The name Hermione means “messenger of the gods.” Popularized by Hermione Granger in Harry Potter.
Kostantina: Constant, steadfast.
Odele, Odelle, Odelet, Odelette: Harmonious; one who sings.
Odessa: One who takes an odyssey, journey, or voyage.
Olympia: Heavenly. From the holy Mt. Olympus, where the gods reside.
Penelope (pronounced pen-el-oh-pee): Weaver, famous for her skills at the loom; married to Odysseus; queen of Ithaca.
Phaedra (pronounced fay-druh): Daughter of Minos.
Phoebe (pronounced fee-bee): Bright, shining; one who shines like the moon.
Rhea (pronounced ree-uh or ray-uh): Mother of the Greek gods. Titan daughter of Gaia, the earth goddess and the sky god, Uranus.
Sophia, Sofia, Sophie: Wisdom, knowledge, wise one, knower.
Sybil: Seer, one who talks to gods.
Thea, Theia: Goddess, divine one.
Thisbe (pronounced thiz-bee): Where doves live.
Theodora: One who loves god; gift of god.
Vasiliki: Royal, aristocratic.
Xanthia (pronounced zan-thee-uh): Blonde, yellow, fair.
Xanthippe (pronounced zan-thi-pee); Socrates' wife.
Greek and Roman Names for Boys
Adonis: Beloved by Aphrodite; handsome.
Alastair, Alastor, Alister: Avenger.
Alec, Aleco, Alecos: Aleko: Short for Alexander, defender of mankind.
Andor, Andros: Manly.
Cosmos, Cosmo, Kosmos: Order, the universe.
Cyrano: From Cyrene; also see Cyrano de Bergerac.
Dante: Famous Italian poet, writer, and philosopher.
Damon, Daimen, Daimon: Gentle; to tame.
Demetri Demitrius: Gift from Demeter.
Homer: Famous Greek poet.
Plato: Famous Greek poet; broad-shouldered.
Pollux: Brother of Helen.
Roman: From Rome.
Telemachus (pronounced tell-eh-kuh-mus); Odysseus's son
Theo, Theodore, Theon: God-given.
Titus, Titan: Of the giants.
Triton: Son of Poseidon.
Urian: From heaven.
Virgil: Famous Roman poet.
Xeno, Zeno: Strange voice.
Baby Names: Heroes of the Trojan War
Achilles (pronounced uh-kill-ease): So-called greatest of all Greek warriors, Achilles had only one tiny weak spot (and you probably know where that was!).
Aeneas (pronounced uh-knee-us): Son of Anchises and the goddess Aphrodite. As a warrior, he was second only to Hector. The famous protagonist of Virgil's Aeneïd.
Agamemnon: Menelaus's brother, son of Atreus, Clytemnestra's husband, king of Mycenae.
Ajax: There were two famous warriors known as Ajax, a name that means "of the earth." Both known for their bravery, they often fought side by side.
Diomedes: King of Argos known for his cunning and his fleet feet.
Menelaus (pronounced men-uh-lay-us): Sparta's king, Agamemnon's brother, and Helen's husband.
Hector: King Priam and Queen Hecuba's son, Andromache's husband, Astyanax's father. He was depicted as the most virtuous hero of all.
Nestor: Argonaut, centaur-slayer, and King of Pylos.
Odysseus: Known for his cleverness, Odysseus was the king of Ithaca, husband of Penelope, father of Telemachus. The Odyssey is the tale of his attempts to return home after the Trojan War.
Paris: Son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba, brother of Hector; when he ran off with Helen, it started the Trojan War.
Turnus: Mainly known from Virgil’s Aeneid, where he lead the war against the Trojans.
Heroic Names for Girls
Andromeda: Loosely translates to "ruler of man," "advising like a man" or, basically, walking and talking like a man (andro meaning male and medo meaning "I protect" or "I rule over").
Ariadne (pronounced ar-ee-ad-nee): The one who helped Theseus beat the Minotaur by teaching him how to navigate the labyrinth. From Cretan Greek “ari” = most + “hagnos” = holy.
Camilla: The Amazon warrior in The Aeneid.
Circe (pronounced sir-see): The powerful sorceress and daughter of the old Titan god Helios and the nymph Perse. She could transform humans into animals.
Clytemnestra: Queen of Mycenae and sister of Helen of Troy.
Eurydice (pronounced your-id-uh-see): A nymph, one of Apollo's daughters, wife to Orpheus.
Helen: Her beauty and charms started the Trojan War.
Hero: You'll also see her in Much Ado About Nothing.
Hippolyte (pronounced hip-pol-it-uh): an Amazon queen. You'll also see her A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Leto: Titaness who gave birth to the gods Apollo and Artemis.
Myrina: Amazon warrior.
Pandora: Like Eve, she is blamed for all the evil in the world.
Penelope: Famous for her weaving skills, cleverness, and beauty.
Thalestris: The last known Amazon queen.
The Names of the Muses
At the start of and during the narrative of The Odyssey, Homer invokes his muse. There were nine muses total, all sister-goddesses who predated the Greek pantheon, who were the patron goddesses of poets, writers, musicians, dancers, artists, and actors.
- Calliope (call-eye-uh-pee): the muse of epic poetry
- Clio (kly-oh): muse of history
- Erato (err-ah-toe): the muse of love poetry
- Euterpe (you-ter-pee): the muse of music
- Melpomene (mel-pah-muh-nee); the muse of tragedy
- Polyhymnia (polly-hymn-nia): the muse of sacred poetry
- Terpsichore (terp-sic-kor-ee) the muse of dance
- Thalia (tha-lee-ah): the muse of comedy
- Urania (you-ray-nee-uh): the muse of astronomy
Baby Names for Titan Gods and Goddesses
Aura (goddess of wind)
Atlas (who holds up the world)
Eos (goddess of the dawn)
Cronus (father of time, father of Greek gods)
Gaea (earth goddess)
Hyperion (god of light)
Leto (goddess of motherhood and light)
Oceanus (god of ocean and father of river gods)
Mnemosyne (goddess of memory and of the muses)
Olympus (also the name of the mountain where the gods live)
Rhea (queen of Titans, mother of Greek gods, and goddess of fertility)
Ophion (Cronus's brother)
Selene (moon goddess)
Prometheus (god of forethought, benefactor of man)
Tethys (goddess of fresh water)
Titan (one of the old gods)
Celestial Latin and Greek Names From Astronomy
Andromeda (who thinks like a man)
Capricorn (sea goat)
Orion (the hunter)
Aquarius (the water-bearer)
Cassiopeia (Andromeda's mother)
Gemini (Latin for twin)
Sagitta (the arrow)
Aquila (the eagle)
Corona (the crown)
Taurus (the bull)
Aries (the ram)
Corvus (the crow)
Ursa (the bear)
Cygnus (the swan)
Virgo (the virgin)
Gender-Neutral Greek and Latin Names
Adon (Adonis, Adonia; beautiful)
Dennys Denys follower of Dionysius (the Greek god of revelry)
Juno (wife of Jupiter)
Agape (pronounced uh-gah-pay; love)
Dion, Dione (God of revelry)
Julius or Jules (youthful)
Alandair (defender of mankind)
Echo, Ekko (a mythological nymph and a voice that returns)
Kozma, Kozmos, Cosma, Cosmos (the universe; decoration)
Alastair (protector of mankind)
Erasme, Erasmo, Erasmus (loved, desired, beloved, worthy of love)
Kyrie, Kyrie (lord; lordly)
Alec, Alex, Alix, Alexi, Alessandri (Alexander or Alexandra; protector of mankind)
Euclid (a mathematician who developed theories of geometry)
Lex (short for of Alexander or Alexandra; defender of men)
Eugeni or Gene (a variant of Eugene or Eugenia; well-born)
Nemesis (vengeance or fate)
Ari (short for Aristotle)
Baptiste (baptizer; one who blessses)
Halcyon (calm; the name of a mythological sea bird)
Basil, Basile, Bas, Baz (royal)
Hermes (messenger of the gods)
Nox, Nyx (night)
Hero (brave and heroic one)
Phoenix (a mythological bird who rises from ashes)
Oracle (a seer; one who speaks with the gods)
Pip (short for Philip/Phillippa; horse-lover)
Callista, Callisto (most beautiful)
Hesper (evening star)
Psyche (the soul)
Chimera (pronounced kai-mare-uh); an imaginary creature or an unrealizable dream
Iris, Irus (rainbow-colored)
Styx (the river to the underworld)
Cypris, Cyprus (from Cyprus)
Isidore (strong; a gift)
Terran, Teron, Terrian (innocent; of earth)
Dare, Darian, Darien, Darren, Daryn, Darion (gift)
Jace, Jayce (a healing)
Theo (short for Theodore or Theodora; one who loves god)
Tiresias (a blind seer)
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