Meaning: I’ve seen two different meanings to this name. According to a user-submitted post in Behind the Name, it’s derived from the Greek verb eruko or eryko meaning “to keep in, to curb, to hold back, to restrain”.
According to another source, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names by K.M. Heard, the name might be derived from Greek ereugomai meaning “to belch out/to disgorge/to blurt out”.
Eryx was the name of an ancient city and mountain in Sicily, now known as Erice.
In Greek mythology, Eryx is either the son of Aphrodite and Poseidon, or Butes (who was with the Argonauts). He was killed by Hercules in a wrestling match.
Variants: Erix could be a variant spelling of the name. Eryxo is a feminine form of the name, as well as Erycina, which was also an epithet of Aphrodite.
Eryx is also the name of a genus of nonvenomous boas in southeast Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and southwest Asia.