Hector

Origin: Greek ( ‘Εκτωρ ) Meaning: “holding fast” from Greek εχω (echo) meaning “to hold, to possess” Hector is a famous figure in the Iliad, the son of King Priam and the brother of Paris. He was one of Troy’s greatest champions against the Greeks and his death by Achilles ultinately spelled the end of Troy. It’s also…

Circe

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….

Oceanus

Origin: Greek Meaning: Latinized form of Okeanos meaning “river, ocean” ( Ωκεανος ) Oceanus was the Titan believed to be the personification of the sea Variants: Okeanos  

Io

Pinterest Origin: Greek (Ιω) Meaning: unknown. In Greek mythology, Io was a princess whom Zeus fell in love with and who changed her into a white heifer to protect her from his jealous wife, Hera.

Galatea

Pinterest Origin: Greek ( Γαλατεια ) Meaning: goddess of calm seas from galene γαλήνη (calm, gentle sea) or milky white from gala γάλα (milky white) Though there are a few Galateas in Greek mythology, the most famous one I know is Pygmalion and Galatea. Pygmalion was a sculptor who carved such a beautiful figure out of ivory that…

Zephyr

Origin: Greek  ( Ζεφυρος ) Meaning: the west wind In Greek Mythology, Zephyros was the Greek god of the west wind Variants: Zephyros, Zephyrus

Doris

Origin: Greek Meaning: From what I could find, there seem to be differing opinions as to what this name means. “Dorian woman” from behindthename; “gift of the ocean” from nameberry; and Wikipedia claims that Doris is derived from an ancient Greek tribe known as the Dorians, who supposedly derived their name from its founder, Dorus, which itself…

Daphne

Origin: Greek Meaning: laurel Variants: Daphna, Dafne Daphne was a naiad who’d caught the attention of the god Apollo, who pursued her despite her rejection of him. She ran away from him and just as he wsa about to catch her, Daphne calls out to her father, a river god, to help her and he…

Nemesis

Origin: Greek Meaning: to give what is due; distribution of what is due, righteous anger In Greek mythology, Nemes was the goddess of vengeance and divine retribution. It’s also where the English word nemesis comes from, where it can mean an avenger bringing about someone’s downfall or destruction, or is something or someone that cannot…

Pyrrha

Origin: Greek Meaning: red or flame-colored

Melissa

Origin: Greek Meaning: bee ( Μελισσα )

Deianeira

Origin: Greek Meaning: “man-destroyer” or “destroyer of her husband” Variants: Deianira, Deïanira

Ariadne

Origin: Greek Meaning: most holy

Dion

Origin: English, Greek Meaning: short form of Dionysius, meaning “of Zeus” + Nysa

Leander

Origin: Greek Meaning: lion of a man

Chryses

Origin: Greek Meaning: golden