Constantine

Constantine is the name of several Roman and Byzantine emperors of the ancient world. It comes from Latin constans meaning “constant, steadfast” derived from a PIE root word. Constantine is also a surname originating from the given name. While overwhelmingly a male name in many countries, in France it’s used as a female name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European…

Iphigenia

Iphigenia is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Iphigeneia, the name of a daughter of the Spartan king Agamemnon. He was also the older brother of Menelaus, whose wife Helen‘s abduction by Paris of Troy led to the ten year war between the Trojans and the Greeks. However, Agamemnon had offended the goddess Artemis and she refused to allow the Greek ships to sail unless…

Demetrius

Demetrius is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Demetrios, itself the masculine form of Demeter, the name of the Greek goddess of agriculture and the mother of Persephone. Though the etymology behind the name is uncertain, the second element of the name is from Greek meter meaning “mother”. The first part of the name is a little tricky. It could be linked…

Loxias

Loxias is one of the many epithets of the Greek god Apollo. It’s connected to legein λέγειν meaning “to say, speak” though it’s also been linked to loxos λοξός meaning “ambiguous, indirect”, which derives from his role as the god of prophecy. Nicknames: Lox Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Eunice

Eunice is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Eunike meaning “good victory”, made up from Ancient Greek elements eu (good) and nike (victory). In Greek mythology, Eunice is the name of one of the Nereids, sea-nymphs who were the daughters of Nereus and Doris. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Eunike (Ancient Greek) Unice (English) Eunika (Polish)  

Icaria

Icaria (also spelled Ikaria) is the name of a Greek island which supposedly derives its name from Icarus of Greek mythology, the son of Daedalus, who escaped the island of Crete by using wings Daedalus had created to fly away. However, Icarus flew too close to the sun, causing the wax that kept his feathers together to melt and he…

Lyssa

Lyssa is the name of a goddess in Greek mythology, the personification of mad rage, fury, frenzy, and rabies in animals. She is depicted as having sent Herakles into a mad frenzy in which he killed his children (in some versions he also killed his wife Megara though in other versions she was left unharmed) on orders…

Athens

Athens is the name of the capital city in Greece, seemingly deriving its name from the Greek goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare, as well as crafting, weaving, pottery, and heroic endeavor, Athena. The meaning behind the name is unknown, likely pre-Greek in origin though there have been attempts to link it to Ancient Greek theos (divine; god, deity) and noesis(intelligence,…

Moira

Moira is the anglicized form of Máire, the Irish form of Mary, the English form of Hebrew Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian source either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from…

Nyx, Nix

Nyx is the name of the primordial goddess of the night in Greek mythology, the wife of Erebos (the god of darkness) and mother of their numerous children, including Aether and Hemera, and the Moirai (the three Fates). Nyx is also a homonym for Nix, a word derived from German nix meaning “nothing” and used as a…