Deianeira

Deianeira is the name of the the third wife of the hero and demi-god Heracles in Greek myth. The daughter of Oeneus, king of Calydon, she was nearly abducted by a centaur named Nessus who attempted to rape her, though she was saved by Heracles who shot him with a poisoned arrow. As he was dying, Nessus…

Apollonia

Apollonia is the feminine form of Apollonios, an Ancient Greek name which derives from the name of the Greek god Apollo. His name is of uncertain etymology and meaning though the ancient Greeks often associated it with the Greek apollymi meaning “to destroy”. It’s also been associated with Doric apella “wall”, later referring to an assembly. Other possible theories regarding the name…

Deidamia

Deidamia is the Latinized form of Deidameia, the name of several figures in Greek mythology, the most prominent being the daughter of King Lycomedes of Scyros. She was the lover of Achilles when he hid at the court of Lycomedes disguised as a girl under the alias Pyrrha and they had a son, Neoptolemus (in some versions they have 2 sons, the other being Oneiros)….

Dillon

Dillon seems like a variant spelling of Dylan at first glance, an Irish name meaning “great tide” or “great flow” and the name of a sea god in Welsh mythology, but Dillon has its own roots. There seems to be a lot of contradictory information on it: it’s an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Duilleáin meaning…

Bella

Bella is often used as a short form of Isabella, the Latinate and Italian form of Isabel, the medieval Occitan form of Elizabeth, the English form of Hebrew ‘Elisheva meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”. Bella is also the Italian and Spanish word for “beautiful” which derives from Latin bellus meaning “beautiful, pretty, handsome” via PIE duenos/duonos (good), the diminutive of *dew- (to…

Perseus

Perseus is a hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Danaë, a princess of Argos and daughter of King Acrisius. Her father had been told by an oracle that his daughter would have a son who would kill him and in response Acrisius imprisoned her either in a high tower or a tomb….

Percy

Percy is a short form of Percival, first created by French poet Chrétien de Troyes for his poem Perceval, the story of the Grail in the 12th century. It’s likely the name was based on Welsh Peredur meaning “hard spear” though the spelling of the name was altered to resemble Old French percer val “to pierce the valley”. Percival is one of the…

Duilio

Duilio is the Spanish and Italian form of Duilius, a Roman name possibly derived from Latin duellum meaning “war” derived from Proto-Indo-European *dew- “to injure, destroy, burn”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Duilius (Ancient Roman)   Female forms: Duilia (Ancient Roman) Duília (Brazilian)  

Apollo

Apollo is the Greek god of prophecy, medicine, the sun, light, music, poetry, plague and disease, and one of the most important gods in both the Greek and Roman pantheon. He is the twin brother of Artemis and often associated with the sun (and Artemis the moon), and the son of Zeus and Leto. His…