Pentheus

Pentheus is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, a king of Thebes who banned the worship of the god Dionysos, who happened to be the son of his aunt Semele. As punishment, Dionysos sent the women of Thebes into a violent frenzy which ended in Pentheus’s death as the women (including his own mother) tore him limb…

Meleager

Meleager is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Meleagros, the name of a Greek hero who features in the story of the Calydonian boar hunt. In Greek mythology, Meleager was the son of Althaea and Oeneus, the king of Calydon (though some versions put him as the son of the war god Ares). When he is…

Rue

Rue is the name of a species of plants that were used as medicinal herbs and in cooking. The name comes from Latin rūta derived from Ancient Greek rhutḗ, derived from an uncertain etymology though it may be derived from a Peloponnesian word. Rue is also an English word meaning “to regret, feel remorse or sorrow for”. It…

Penthesilea

Penthesilea is the name of an Amazon Queen in Greek mythology, the daughter of Ares and the sister of Hippolyta. She fought in the Trojan War on the side of the Trojans and was killed in battle by Achilles, who apprently fell in love with her when he took off her helmet and saw her face. A fellow Greek…

Lola

Lola originiated as a diminutive of Dolores, a Spanish female name meaning “sorrows”, taken from the Spanish title La Virgen María de los Dolores meaning “The Virgin Mary of Sorrows”. It’s a word in Tagalog meaning “grandmother”. I’ve also seen it listed as being a short form of Yoruba given names  ending in -lola such as Temilola meaning “wealth is mine”, Omolola possibly meaning…

Atra

Atra is the feminine adjective form of āter, a Latin word meaning “dull black, dark”, “gloomy, sad, murky”, “dismal, unlucky”, “and “malevolent, poisonous, malicious”. It derives from a Proto-Indo-European root word meaning “fire”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Deirdre

Deirdre is the name of a tragic heroine in Irish legend, which is why she’s known as Deirdre of the Sorrows. Before she was born her beauty was foretold by a druid, a beauty that would only bring strife and sorrow as kings and lords would go to war over her. King Conchobhar (Connor) decided to…

Tristan

Tristan is the Old French form of Drustan,  a Pictish diminutive of Drust likely derived from Celtic drest meaning “riot” or “tumult”, possibly in reference to the noise of the “clanking of swords”. The spelling was changed to resemble the French word triste meaning “sad, sorrowful”, likely because of the tragic affair of Tristan and Isolde- they fell in love after drinking…

Ruth

Ruth is a Hebrew female name of uncertain origin though the most popular theory is that it is linked to Hebrew re’ut meaning “companion” or “friend”, though other possible theories include: “refreshment”, “appearance, beauty”, and “pasture”. Ruth may also be related to Middle English word ruthe or reuth meaning “pity, compassion”, “sorrow, grief” derived from Old Norse hryggð (sorrow, grief). Ruth is also a…