Girls' Names From Greek Myths J-N

Names for Girls from Greek Myth, J-N

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Ancient Greek myths have inspired many popular baby names, even among those who aren't of Greek heritage. Names such as Maia and Melissa have appeal for parents, partly because of their beautiful, feminine sounds, but also because of their interesting backstories.

The list starts with the letter "K" because there's only one "J" name of note: , queen of Thebes and mother to Oedipus, Antigone, Eteocles, Polynices, Ismene, and Menocenes.

She was sister to Creon, and married to King Laius and bore him a son, Oedipus, who was destined to kill his father and marry his mother. Jocasta's tragic backstory is probably not one many parents want to bestow on a daughter.

Here are the more pleasant myths behind possible names for your baby girl.

K Names of Greek Mythology

Many Greek K names have been anglicized to begin with the letter C. Those names include Kalliope, Kallisto, Kalypso, Karme, Kassandra, Kassiopeia, Kirke, Klytie, and Kynthia. Refer to Greek Mythology Names A-D for meanings, pronunciation, and myth history. Additional K names include:

Klio: "glory". The goddess of history and heroic poetry. Legend states that she introduced the alphabet to Greece. One of the muses.

Klotho: "spinner". One of the three Greek fates who spun the thread of human life, making decisions about when a person was born and when they died.

Kore: "maiden." Name for Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, wife of Hades, and queen of the underworld.

She is connected with fertility and the harvest.

Mythological Greek Names Beginning With L

Lachesis: "apportioner." One of the three fates who decided how long each person had to live. Lachesis measures the threads on Klotho's spindle.

Larisa: "citadel." A Thessalonian nymph and daughter of Pelasgus.

Leda: possibly means "woman." A lover of Zeus who found her in the from of a swan.

She was the mother of Castor, Pollux, Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra.

Leto: thought to mean "hidden, forgotten." The mother of Apollo and Artemis by Zeus, a daughter of the Titans Coeus and Phoebe, and the sister of Asteria.

Greek Myth Names Letter M

Maia: "beautiful." Eldest of the seven Pleaides sisters, the daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Had a son Hermes through Zeus.

Melaina: "the black." A Corycian nymph, mother of Delphos by the god Apollo. Daughter of river gods, she oversees some subterranean aspects. Her name is sometimes translated "Melancholy."

Melete: MEL-i-tee"practice, exercise.:" The one of the original 3 muses, the muse of meditation.

Melia: "ash tree." A nymph and daughter of Okeanos.

Melissa: "honey bee." A nymph who took care of Zeus.

Mneme: (NEE-mee) "memory." One of the three original muses, the muse of memory.

Greek Myth Names, N

Nephele: "cloudy." Created by Zeus from a cloud to look like Hera in order to deceive Ixion. The mother of the centaurs by Ixion.

Nike: NY-kee "victory." The winged goddess of victory.

Nikephoros: NY-kee-for-us  "carrying victory." A title of Athena.

Nyx: NICKS "night." Goddess of the night.

See Also: Popular Greek Boy Names 

Male Greek Myth Names

Girls' Names from Greek myth: A-DE-I, O-Z.

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