Euphemia

Euphemia is an Ancient Greek female name meaning “to use words of good omen” or “well-spoken” or “to speak well” from Ancient Greek eu (well) derived from from PIE root *h₁es- (to be); and phēmí (to speak) derived from PIE *bʰeh₂- (to speak, say). It was likely used to avoid inauspicious or ill-omened words during religious ceremonies.

Nicknames: Effie, Femie/Phemie

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Eufemia (Italian, Spanish)
  • Eufêmia (Portuguese)
  • Efimia (Modern Greek)
  • Jefimija (Serbian)
  • Euphémie (French)
  • Euphemie (French, English)

 

Male forms:

  • Euphemios (Ancient Greek)
  • Yefim (Russian)

 

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