Orestes is the name of several figures in Greek mythology though the most famous one is the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. He killed his mother and her lover to avenge their murder of his father. He was later driven mad by the Furies for murdering his mother though he was later purified of his son by the god Apollo. His name means “of the mountains” or “mountain dweller” from Ancient Greek óros (mount, mountain) derived form a PIE root word.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Oreste (French, Italian)
  • Orestis (Modern Greek)
  • Orest (Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian)


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