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. Her two sisters tried to prevent the liaison and in return, Dionysos drove them mad and they were later transformed into stone. Somehow Karya died and was changed into a nut tree.

Karya is also a word/concept in Hindi, referring to something (an action  whether good or bad) that is done.

Kārya is also a concept in Vedanta, a Hindu philosophy, which stands for effect (kārana is cause)..

Variants: Carya

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 the name’s meaning, however.

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 in the world.

The name is pronounced pe-ree-MEED-ee

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 figure (like Circe and Medea).

In Greek mythology, she was the mother of Dictys by the god Poseidon.

Agamede was also known as Perimede.

It’s pronounced as a-ga-MEE-dee

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 depicted among the attendants of Aphrodite, representing the good repute of a chaste bride.

Eucleia was also sometimes identified with Artemis.

Variants: Eukleia

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 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.

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 her a particular gift such as beauty, cunning, needlework, etc., explaining the meaning of her name such since she’d been given a gift by the gods. Pandora is given a jar by Zeus and warned never to open it; her curioisty got the best of her and when she finally did open the jar she let out all the evils in the world, except for hope, which remained in the jar, although I’ve never understood that particular part of the myth. If hope remained in the jar, wouldn’t that mean it never got into the world?

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 who nursed him as a baby, along with another nymph, Adrasteia. The Greek meaning is unknown though I have seen it possibly coming from Greek idê and ida meaning “woodland”.

I’ve also seen Ida listed as being a variant of Iðunn, an Old Norse goddess from Old Norse  (again) and unna (to love).

It also seems to be an Anglicization of Irish Íde possibly meaning “thirst”.

Ida is also a name found in Hindu myth, a variant of Ila, a god or goddess who seemed to change gender frequently.

Ida is also a Japanese surname though I couldn’t find any meaning on it.

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) were the handmaidens to Zeus.

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 Greek mythology, the Titans preceded the Olympian gods, giant deities who ruled during the Golden Age and were later overthrown by the Olympian gods.

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 and Leto, the latter of whom would become the mother of Apollo and Artemis. Phoebe was later associated with Artemis, her name used as an epithet for Artemis while Phoebus was used for Apollo.

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 and especially a crime against a parent by a child (Orestes anyone?).

Megaera has also become a word in several European languages denoting a woman who is shrewish and ill-tempered.

Megara (a name from Disney’s Hercules) is either a variant of Megaera or, more likely, is derived from an ancient Greek city derived from megaron from Greek megas meaning “large, great, marvelous” refering to a large hall. In Greek mythology, Megara was a princess, the daughter of the king of Thebes, who was given to Hercules/Heracles after he’d saved Thebes from the Minyans. Megara gave birth to a son and a daughter, who were both killed by Hercules after Hera cursed him with a temporary madness and leading to him to perform the 12 Labors in atonement. Some sources say Megara was also killed, others that she was given to his nephew Iolaus after he left Thebes, who later gave him a daughter Leipephilene.

According to dictionary.com, Megaera is pronounced muh-jeer-uh although I’ve always pronounced it how it looks: meg-aer-uh

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 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.

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 of noblemen from mal meaning “prince” or “champion”.

It also seems to be a Georgian surname believed to be derived from melia or mela meaning “fox”.

Melia is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology, daughter of the Greek god Okeanos, as well as the name of a group of nymphs known as the Meliae, who also happened to be nymphs of the ash tree. They sprang up from the blood of Uranus’s castration.

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 the city of Memphis was named after her.

As well as being the name of an ancient city in Egypt, it’s also the name of a city in Tennessee.

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 colored portion of the eye, responsible for controlling the diameter and size of the pupil and the amount of light reaching the retina