Tyro

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Origin: Greek

Meaning: from Greek tyrôs meaning “cheese”

In Greek mythology, Tyro was a Thessalian princess who was in love with a river god, Enipeus, who refused her advances. Poseidon disguised himself as Enipeus and seduced Tyro, resulting in the birth of twin sons Pelias and Neleus, whom she left on a mountain to die of exposure though they were saved by a herdsman and raised as his own. Years down the line they came back and killed Tyro’s stepmother, Sidero, who had been mistreating her.

Tyro is also the mother of Aeson from her marriage to a mortal king, Cretheus, who later becomes the father of Jason of the Argo, making her his grandmother.

Tyro’s name was given to her because her complexion was fair as white goat’s cheese.

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