Pyrrha is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the wife of Deucalion who were the only survivors of a great flood sent by Zeus during the Bronze Age. They survived having been warned by the Titan Prometheus and after consulting a Delphic oracle, repopulated the earth by throwing the bones of their mother over their shoulders, i.e. the stones of Gaia, a mother goddess. Those thrown by Deucalion became men while those thrown by Pyrrha turned into women. Pyrrha was also used as a pseudonym by the Greek warrior Achilles, who was disguised as a girl to hide him from going to war against the Trojans.
The name Pyrrha is the feminine form of Pyrrhos which means “flame-colored; yellowish-red; fiery; red” via Ancient Greek pûr πῦρ (fire) derived from PIE root word.
- Pyrra (English)
- Pyrrhos (Ancient Greek)
- Pyrrhus (Latinized Ancient Greek)
- Pyrros (English)