Missy

Missy is a female given name, originating as a diminutive of Melissa which comes from Ancient Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee” from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick). In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though there are various versions of the myth naming other nymphs who…

Nerissa

Nerissa was first used by William Shakespeare for his play The Merchant of Venice (1596), possibly based on Greek Nereis (also known as Nereid) meaning “nymphs, sea sprites”, used to refer to the daughters of Nereus, the Greek god of the sea. Though the name seems to be derived from Greek neros meaning “water”, it seems more likely that comes from a…

Karya

Karya is the name of a figure in Greek mythology, the name of one of the hamadryads (eight nymphs who presided over a particular tree). Karya is the nymph of the nut tree- the walnut, hazel, and sweet chestnut. There’s also another myth in which Karya was a Lakonian maiden who was loved by the god…

Ianthe

Ianthe is an Ancient Greek female name meaning “purple flower” or “violet flower”. In Greek mythology, Ianthe is a ocean nymph, one of the three thousand Oceanids, as well as being the name of a girl who married Iphis, a girl who was raised as a boy in secret by her mother because the father had threatened…

Galina

Galina is the Russian and Bulgarian feminine form of Galenus, the Latin form of Ancient Greek Galenos meaning “calm, tranquil”. In Greek mythology, Galene is a Nereid nymph who was the personification of calm seas. Nicknames: Galya (Russian), Gala (Russian), Gal (English), Gale (English), Lina (English) Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Galena (Bulgarian, Macedonian) Galene (Ancient Greek) Halina (Polish) Halyna (Ukrainian)…

Calista

Calista could be the variant form of Callisto, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “most beautiful” derived from Ancient Greek kalós (beauty, beautiful, good) which comes from a Proto-Indo-European source kal-wo-s, a form of *kal- (beautiful). In Greek mythology Callisto was a nymph and a follower of the goddess Artemis who was seduced by Zeus and ended up bearing him a son, Arcas. Callisto was…

Calypso

Calypso is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology who was the lover of Odysseus when he ended up shipwrecked on her island Ogygia for seven years though some sources differ on the number of years, as well as whether they had children together. Either way, she refused to let him leave until Zeus sent Hermes to her with instructions to…

Yara

Yara is a female name with multiple origins and meanings: Yara is a Persian female name meaning “courage, strength, power” from Persian yâvar (strength, power), a cognate of Avestan zāvar (strength, power); it’s also a Turkish word meaning “wound”; it’s a Hebrew female name meaning “honeycomb” or “honeysuckle” though it may also be related to Hebrew ya’ar יַעַר meaning “forest, woods, woodland”;…

Oenone

Oenone (pr. ee-no-nee) is the name of a mountain nymph in Greek mythology, who was the first wife of Paris before he left her for Helen of Sparta. They had a son together, Corythus. When Paris was seriously wounded in the Trojan War, Oenone was the only one who could save him but she refused at…