Pinterest- Circe Invidiosa- John William Waterhouse (1892)

Origin: Greek ( Κιρκη )

Meaning: Latinized form of Greek Kirke, either meaning “bird” or else derived from Greek

kirkoô “to secure with rings” or “hoop around”

Circe (SUR-see) is a prominent figure in the Odyssey. An enchantress, she turned Odysseus’s men into pigs but was beaten by him with the help of the Greek god Hermes. He stayed with her for a year before finally leaving.

Circe was also the aunt of Medea, another famous enchantress from the Argo

Variants: Kirkê (pronounced KER-kee)


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