Chryses

Chryses is the name of several figures in Greek mythology. In the Iliad it’s the name of a Trojan priest of Apollo whose daughter, Chryseis, was abducted by Agamemnon as a war prize. When her father tried to ransom her back, Agamemnon refused and Chryses prayed to Apollo, who sent a plague upon the Greek armies, forcing him to return…

Sapphire

Sapphire is the name of a gemstone that is commonly associated with a deep-blue color though it can also be any other color except red. The word comes from Old French saphir via Latin sapphirus which comes from Ancient Greek sappheiros which either derives from a Semitic source or it derives from Sanskrit sanipriya meaning “dear to Saturn”. Sapphire is the…

Kade

Kade is a variant spelling of Cade, an English occupational surname for a cooper which comes from Old French cade (barrel, cask) via Latin cadus (bottle, jar, jug) from Ancient Greek káddos (pail, jar, cask, vessel for water or wine) which may be derived from a Semitic origin. Cade may also have originated as a Medieval English given name, Cada, which comes from a…

Myrtle

Myrtle is the name of an evergreen shrub or small tree belonging to the genus Myrtus. It comes from Ancient Greek myrtos meaning “myrtle” which derives from a Semitic root m-r-r meaning “bitter” from which the Arabi مُرّ‎ murr (bitter) and Hebrew מֹר‎ mor (bitterness, acrimony) derive from. Myrtle is also the name of a shade of green. In Greek mythology,…

Coral

Coral is used to describe the hard skeleton left behind by marine polyps that forms a larger structure like a reef or an atoll. The name comes from Ancient Greek korallion (coral), of uncertain etymology though it could be derived from a Semitic source, from Hebrew goral (small pebble) or Arabic garal (small stone). Coral also refers to a pinkish, orange and red…

Sappho

Sappho is an Ancient Greek female name possibly related to Greek sappheiros meaning “sapphire” either derived from a Semitic source or possibly from Sanskrit sanipriya meaning “dark-colored stone” or more literally “dear to Saturn”. The name is famously associated with a 7th century Greek poetess and as a symbol of female homosexuality. Origin: Semitic, Sanskrit    

Myron

Myron is an Ancient Greek male name which means “myrrh, perfume, sweet oil” which seems to be derived from a Semitic root meaning “bitter”. It’s also a surname either derived from the given name or as a short form of Greek Myronakis or Myronidis, both patrynonic surnames. Origin: Ancient Greek, Semitic Variants: Miron (Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish)…

Croceus

Croceus comes from Latin meaning “saffron” and “golden, yellow”. The word derives from Ancient Greek krókos (crocus, saffron) which may be from a Semitic origin or it may ultimately comes from Sanskrit kunkumam. Croceus’s feminine form, Crocea, was the name of Julius Caesar’s sword, Crocea Mors meaning “yellow death”. Origin: Semitic, Sanskrit Variants: Crocus (Latin, English)   Female forms: Crocea (Latin,…

Erragal

Erragal is a Mespotamian (Sumerian and Akkadian) god of the underworld. The origin of the name is uncertain though there are several theories: it could be a combination of Erra and Sumerian gal (great) meaning “Erra the great”; Erra being the Mesopotamian god of war, plagues, and the bringer of pestilence who was later assimilated with Nergal. Although the…