Dido

Dido (pr. die-do) is the name of the Carthaginian queen featured in Virgil’s Aeneid. She was the founder and very first queen of Carthage (located in modern day Tunisia), who killed herself by throwing herself onto a funeral pyre after the Roman hero Aeneas left her to find a new home for the Trojan people. Though Dido’s real name was Elissa, she was also known as Dido later on, a name which seems to have been given to her by the Libyans meaning “wanderer” since she and her people had been wandering, searching for a new home before arriving at North Africa where she founded Carthage. Other possibly meanings for the name I’ve seen are it could possibly be from Phoenician meaning “virgin”, or related to Akkadian didu used to refer to a woman’s robe (dida) meaning “loosened” or “torn”.

Origin: Libyan, Phoenician, Akkadian

Variants:

  • Didone (Italian)
  • Didon (French)

 

Sidonie

Sidonie is the French form of Sidonia, the feminine form of Sidonius, a Latin name meaning “of Sidon”, referring to someone from the ancient Phoenician city of Sidon (in what is now modern day Saïda, Lebanon). Sidon itself most likely comes from Phoenician Tzidhon meaning “fishing place” or “fishery” from tzud (to hunt, capture).

Origin: Phoenician

Variants:

  • Sidony (English)
  • Sidonia (German, Late Roman)

 

Male forms:

  • Sidonius (Late Roman)