Hyades

Hyades is the name of a star cluster named after a group of nymphs in Greek mythology, the daughters of Atlas (and sisters of the Pleiades) who brought rain. They were turned into stars after the death of their brother, Hyas, who was killed by a lion. Hyades means "the rainy ones" or "rain bringers" via Ancient Greek huo …

Iantha

Iantha is a variant of Ianthe, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “purple flower” or “violet flower”, made up of Ancient Greek elements ion (violet) and anthos (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 …

Gala

Gala is a Spanish female name, a feminine form of Gallus, an Ancient Roman name meaning “rooster, cock” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word; the male form of Gala would be Galo. Gala is also a Russian diminutive of Galina, the Russian and Bulgarian feminine form of Galenus, the Latin form of Ancient Greek Galenos meaning “calm, tranquil”. In Greek mythology, Galene is a …

Nerina

Nerina is an Italian female name, the feminine form of Nerio, itself a variant spelling of Nereo which is the Italian form of Nereus. In Greek mythology, Nereus is the name of the Greek god of the sea, the father of the Nereids, and was a shapeshifter who had the gift of prophecy. He was known as the Old Man …

Chione

Chione (pr. kee-oh-nee) is the name of several figures in Greek mythology, including a daughter of the Oceanid Callirrhoe, who was turned into a snow cloud by Hermes. Chione is also the name of an Aurae (wind nymph) who was the goddess of the snow and winter, and daughter of Boreas (god of the north wind, who also had a lover …

Naya

Naya is a very multicultural name with various meanings. The most common one I keep seeing is that it is a variant of Nia which could be from Swahili meaning “purpose”, “will”, or “resolve”, though it may also be a Welsh form of Irish Niamh meaning “bright”; Naya is also an Arabic female name deriving from Persian nay/ney, …

Elektra

Elektra is an Ancient Greek female name which comes from Ancient Greek elektron meaning "amber" which seems to be derived from an uncertain origin. I've also seen it listed as meaning "shining, bright" but I can't say how accurate that is. In Greek mythology, Elektra is the name of the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra who helped her brother Orestes avenge …

Anthy

Anthy is a variant spelling of Anthe, an Ancient Greek female name meaning "bloom, blossom" derived from Ancient Greek anthos (blossom). Anthe is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology, one of the Alcyonides, the seven daughter of the giant Alcyoneus. When their father was killed by Hercules they threw themselves into the sea and were transformed into halcyons …

Melia

Melia is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology, the daughter of the god Oceanus, as well as the name of several figures in Greek mythology; the Meliae are a group of nymphs of the ash tree (also known as the Meliades). The name means "ash tree" from Ancient Greek, a derivative of meli (honey). Melia is also the name …

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 …