Karya

Origin: Greek, Hindu Meaning: nut tree In Greek mythology, Karya is one of the Hamadryades, eight nymphs who presided over a particular tree. Karya is the nymph of the nut tree- walnut, hazel and the sweet chestnut. There’s also another myth in which Karya was a Lakonian maiden who was loved by the god Dionysos….

Aras

Origin: Lithuanian, Kurdish, Persian, Greek Meaning: a Lithuanian masculine name meaning “eagle”. I’ve also seen it listed as a Kurdish and Persian name meaning “equal” or “balanced”. Aras is also the name of a Greek figure in Greek mythology, believed to have built an ancient town in Pgilasia, Peloponnese. I couldn’t find any info on…

Perimede

Origin: Greek Meaning: from Greek peri meaning “around”, “exceedingly” and medos  meaning “plans” or “schemes” ultinateky meaning “surrounded by schemes” or “around schemes”. Perimede is the name of several minor figures in Greek mythology, as well as another name for Agamede, a witch mentioned in the Iliad as someone who knew the healing powers of every plant…

Agamede

Origin: Greek Αγαμηδη (Greek) Meaning: composed of Greek elements aga meaning “greatly, strongly” and medos meaning “plans”, “schemes”, and “counsels”, generally interpreted to mean “very skilled” or “very cunning”. Agamede was mentioned in passing in Homer’s Iliad, said to know the healing powers of every plant in the world. She was later associated as more of a sorceress-like…

Sidero

Origin: Greek Meaning: iron In Greek mythology, Sidero was the second wife of Salmoneus and the stepmother of his daughter Tyro, whom she apparently mistreated. This earned her the hatred of Tyro’s sons and was killed by Tyro’s son Pelias, who killed her on the altar of Hera and earned the goddess’s hatred.

Eucleia

Origin: Greek Ευκλεια (Greek) Meaning: “good glory” or “good repute” from Greek eu meaning “good” and kleos meaning  “glory”. In Greek mythology, Eucleia was a daimona (spirit) of good repute and glory and, along with her sisters Eupheme (acclaim), Eutheia (prosperity), and Philophrosyne (welcome) were probably known as the younger Kharites (Graces). In Greek vase paintings, Eucleia was often…

Tyro

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…

Pandora

Origin: Greek Πανδωρα (Greek) Meaning: from Greek elements pan “all” and doron “gift” meaning “all gifted” or “all giving”. In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first mortal woman created by the gods for the Titan Prometheus, who had stolen fire and given it to the humans. Displeased with this, Zeus and the other gods created Pandora, each giving…

Ida

Origin: Germanic, Greek, Old Norse, Irish, Hindu, Japanese Meaning: a multicultural name with many meanings, Ida is from the Germanic element id meaning “work, labor”. It’s also a Greek feminine name, the name of a mountain on the island of Crete, the birthplace of the Greek god Zeus, as well as being the name of the nymph…

Bronte

Origin: Irish, Greek Βροντη (Greek) Meaning: an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Ó Proinntigh meaning “descendant of Proinnteach”, the latter meaning “bestower”. Usually spelled Brontë. Spelled Brontê, it’s the name of the Greek goddess of thunder whose name also means “thunder”, who along with her sister Astrapê the goddess of lightning (whose name also means lightning)…

Titan

Origin: Greek Meaning: though there are different theories to the name’s meaning, it could be derived from Greek titainô meaning “to stretch out” and “to strain”. Titan is also a word referring to something gigantic in size or power, something that stands out for greatness of achievement and from which the word titanic originates from. In…

Larissa, Larisa

Origin: Greek Лариса (Russian, Ukrainian) Larisa Λαρισα (Ancient Greek) Larisa Meaning: the name of an ancient city in Greece, the name most likely means “citadel” or “fortress”. Larissa is a nymph in Greek mythology. Lara is a short form of the name. Variants: Larysa (Ukrainian); Larisa is the version often used in Russia.

Phyllis

Origin: Greek Φυλλις (Greek) Meaning: foliage In Greek mythology, Phyllis was the daughter of a king of Thrace who was in love with Demephon (or Acamas in some versions), who promised to return to her on a certain day. When he didn’t, she killed herself and was transformed into an almond tree. Variants: Phillis, Phyliss

Phoebe

Origin: Greek Φοιβη (Greek) Phoibe Meaning: the name has been associated with  Greek phoibos meaning “bright, light, radiant”, phoibaô “to purify” or phoibazô “to give prophesy”. Variants: Phoibe, Phebe, Phoibe; Phoebus (m) In Greek mythology, Phoebe was a Titan, goddess of the moon and the consort of her brother Coeus with whom she had two children, Asteria…

Megaera

Origin: Greek Μεγαιρα (Megaira) Meaning: a Latinized form of Greek Megaira which is derived from megairo meaning “to grudge” or meaning “the jealous one”. In Greek mythology, Megaera is one of the Furies (Tisiphone and Alecto are the other two), who avenge crimes against the natural order such as murder, unfilial conduct, crimes against the gods…

Kalyke

Origin: Greek Καλύκη (Greek) Meaning: from Ancient Greek kalux meaning “husk” or “pod”. The name of several figures in Greek mythology. The Latin spelling of its name Calyx is also used in nature and anatomy. Kalyke is pronounced ka-lee-kee Variants: Calyx, Calyce, Calcyia

Eryx

Origin: Greek Ερυξ (Greek) 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…

Melia

Origin: Greek, English, Gaelic, Georgian Μελια (Greek) Meaning: a derivative of meli meaning “honey” as well as being the word for “ash tree”. It could also be a diminutive of Amelia, a variant of Amalia from Germanic element amal meaning “work, labor”. I’ve also seen Melia listed as a surname of Gaelic origins, from O’Maille/O’Maele, referring to male descendants…

Memphis

Origin: Greek, Egyptian, Coptic Μέμφις (Greek) Meaning: It’s the Greek form of Men-nefer (which becomes Menfe in Coptic), the Egyptian name of a city in Egypt meaning “enduring and beautiful” from Egyptian mn “to suffer”, “to endure”, “to remain” and nefer “beautiful”. In Greek mythology, Memphis is the daughter of the Nile and the wife of Epaphus and…

Iris

Origin: Greek Meaning: rainbow ( Ιρις ) In Greek mythology, Iris is the goddess of the rainbow and the messanger of the gods. Iris is also the name of a genus of flowers as well as being a color referring to shades ranging from blue-violet to violet. Iris is also a term used to describe the…