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….

Helix

Origin: Greek Meaning: referring to “something twisted” or a “spiral”.  

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…

Eretria, Eritrea

Origin: Greek Meaning: the name of a town in Euboea, Greece, meaning “city of the rowers” or “rowing city” from Greek eretes “rower” and verb eressein/erettein “to row”, probably named so because it had a powerful naval force. Spelled Eritrea, it becomes a country in the Horn of Africa (a peninsula in Northeast Africa). The…

Zoilus

Origin: Ancient Greek Meaning: the Latinized form of Greek Zoilos, possibly meaning “alive, living”. Zoilus was a Greek grammarian, philosopher, and literary critic who was very critical of Homer’s work, so much so that he was known as Homeromastix meaning “Homer whipper” or “Homer scourge”. There’s also another Zoilus, a saint who was martyred in…

Epiphany

Origin: Greek Meaning: from Greek epiphaneia meaning “manifestation” and “appearance”. Having entered the English lexicon, it usually refers to a sudden or striking realization- religious, scientific, philiosophic, etc. Variants: Epiphanie, Epiphania; Epiphanes (m); Epiphanios (m); Epiphanius (m); Epifanio (m, Italian, Spanish); Epifania (f, Italian, Spanish).

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…

Herodotus

Origin: Greek Meaning: Latinized form of Greek Herodotos from Greek elements heros meaning “hero, warrior” and dotos meaning “given, granted” essentially meaning “gift of the hero” or “given hero” or “given to the hero”. I’ve also seen the name as being “gift of Hera” which could be true- if it was spelled Heradorus, Hera being the name of the…

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…

Porfirio

Origin: Greek Meaning: the Italian and Spanish form of Greek Porphyrios, derived from Greek porphyra meaning “purple dye”. Porfiria is the feminine form of the name. Variants: Porphyrios (Ancient Greek); Porphyry (Greek); Porfiry (Russian)

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…

Bartimaeus

Origin: Greek, Aramaic Meaning: from Greek Bartimaios meaning “son of Timaeus” from Aramaic bar which means “son” and Greek name Timaeus meaning “to honor”. Bart and Barty are short forms of the name.

Elaphria

Origin: Greek Meaning: from what I could find, it’s a Greek word that means “lightness”, referring to a levity or fickleness of mind. I’m not sure if this has ever been used for an actual name, though there is a species of moth called Elaphria. If anyone has any more info on this name, let…

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.