Alcyone

Alcyone is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, the name of one of the Pleiades. Another Alcyone was the name of a Thessalian princess married to Ceyx. They loved each other very much and would call each other “Zeus and “Hera“, angering Zeus. When Ceyx was at sea, the god caused his ship to sink and him to drown; out of grief, Alcyone drowned herself as well. The gods turned them into kingfishers out of pity. Alcyone is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Alkyone meaning “kingfisher; halcyon” from alkuṓn (ἀλκυών) which derives from an unknown origin, possibly pre-Greek.

Origin: possibly pre-Greek

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Variants:

  • Alkyone (Ancient Greek)
  • Halcyone (Latinized Ancient Greek)
  • Halkyone (Ancient Greek)
  • Halcyon (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Halcyon (English)

 

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