Leda

Leda is the queen of Sparta in Greek mythology, the wife of Tyndareus, king of Sparta, who was seduced by the god Zeus in the form of a swan, on the same night she lay with her husband, though versions differ on whether she gave birth to one egg or two. It's not clear which of … Continue reading Leda

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Dmitri

Dmitri is the Russian form of Demetrios, a Greek male name meaning "belonging to Demeter", Demeter being the name of the Greek goddess of agriculture. 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 … Continue reading Dmitri

Amaya

Amaya is a Basque and Spanish female name, a variant spelling of Amaia meaning "the end" in Basque, as well as a surname derived from a place name. Amaia is also a Greek name, used as an epithet for the goddess Demeter possibly meaning "without a midwife" or "not yet delivered" from prefix a- (without) and maia (mother, nurse, midwife, lady). Amaya may … Continue reading Amaya

Metrodora

Metrodora is an Ancient Greek name meaning "mother's gift" or "gift of the mother" from Greek elements meter (mother) and doron (gift). It's the name of a 4th century martyr who, along with her sisters Menodora and Nymphadora, were tortured and killed for refusing to renounce their religion. It's also the name of a Greek female physician in the … Continue reading Metrodora

Maya, Maia

Maya is the name of the Mayan civilization and its people, a Mesoamerican civilization that stretched out in southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemela, El Salvador, and Honduras, though it's of unknown meaning.  Maya is also an Indian girl's name meaning "illusion" or "magic" in Sanskrit, featuring as a concept in Hinduism and Buddhism. In Hindu mythology, … Continue reading Maya, Maia

Demeter

Demeter is the goddess of agriculture who presides over all growing things, particularly crops, the mother of Persephone, and the sister of Zeus. 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 … Continue reading Demeter