Gilgamesh

Origin: Akkadian, Sumerian Meaning: though the meaning is not clear, I’ve seen it listed as meaning something to the effect of “the ancestor is a young man” or “may the (mature) man become a young man again”. Variants: Bilgamesh (Sumerian); Gilgamos (Greek) The eponymous hero of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem believed to be…

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…

Lada

Origin: Slavic; Georgian Meaning: it could mean “young girl” from Slavic mlada, or “bride” or “girl, maid”; the etymology is not clear. I’ve also seen the name listed as the feminine form of Lado, a Georgian masculine short form of Vladimer from Russian Vladimir meaning “famous ruler” or “peaceful ruler”. In Slavic mythology, Lada (also known as…

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…

Sohrab

Origin: Persian سهراب (Persian) Sohrab Meaning: it means either “illustrious, shining” or “red water”. In the Persian epic of Shahnameh Sohrab is the name of the son of the hero Rostam. It’s rather a tragic story. Rostam is searching for his lost horse Rakhsh and enters the kingdom of Samangan, becoming the guest of the king whose…

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…

Brigid

Origin: Irish Meaning: I’ve seen it listed as meaning “exalted one”, but also coming from Celtic brig/brigant meaning “high” or briga meaning “might” and “power”. Variants: Brighid, Bridget, Bridgette, Bride, Brid, Breda; Brigitta, Brigitte, Birgitta, Britta, Brigida In Irish mythology, Brigid is one of the triple goddess and ruled over healing, poetry and smithcraft.

Perun

Origin: Slavic Meaning: “thunder”. I’ve also seen it listed as coming from an Indo-European root word parg meaning “to strike, to slay”, or perhaps coming from another Proto-Indo-European root word perku “oak”. In Slavic mythology, Perun is the god of thunder and lightning and the highest god in the Slavic pantheon. He’s also associated with the oak tree.

Freyr

Origin: Old Norse Meaning: lord In Norse mythology, Freyr is the Norse god of fertility and the weather, and the husband of Gerd, a frost giantess, for whom he gave up a magical sword just to be with her though, without it, he will be killed during Ragnorak. Freyr is also the twin brother 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…

Merlin

Origin: Welsh, English Meaning: from Welsh Myrddin meaning “sea fortress”. Meaning: Merlin is a key figure in the King Arthur romance, a sorcerer who is Arthur’s closest adviser and ally. The name was Latinized into Merlinus by Geoffrey of Monmouth because its regular form, Merdinus, was similar to the Anglo-Norman word merde that meant excrement. Myrrdin Wyllt…

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…

Shiva

Origin: Indian, Persian शिव (Hindi, Sanskrit) شیوا (Persian) שבעה (Hebrew) Meaning: a masculine Sanskrit name meaning “benign, kind, auspicious”. It’s also a feminine Persian name meaning “charming, elegant”. In Hindu mythology, Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and renewal, the husband of the goddess Parvati. Variants: Siva (Hini, male). In Judaism, Shiva is a…

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.