Greek Mythology Names for Girls, A-D

Female Mythical Names From Greek Culture

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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 Athena, Artemis and Chloe have long been favorites, partly because of their beautiful, feminine sound, but also because of their interesting backstories. Here are the myths behind some possible names for your baby girl

Greek Mythology Names Beginning With A

Aegle: "light, radiance, glory".

Several characters in Greek mythology bore this name, including one of the daughters of Asclepius, one of the Naiads, a daughter of Zeus and Neaera; one of the Heliades, one of the Hesperides; and daughter of Panopeus, beloved of Theseus. 

Aglaea:  "splendor, beauty." a Greek goddess of beauty, and adornment, Aglaea is the youngest of the Three Graces. 

Alcyone:  "bliss, happiness" A daughter of Aeolus, god of the winds and the wife of Ceyx. Her name is the root of the word "halcyon," and the name lends itself to several varieties of kingfishers. She and Ceyx were turned into kingfishers by the gods, and during the time when Alcyone (as kingfisher) laid her eggs, Aeolus would calm the winds, providing a peaceful (halcyon) period of time. 

Alexandra: "defender or protector of man." A Mycenaean epithet of the goddess Hera.

Althea: "healing". The mother of Meleager.

Amalthea: "to soften, to soothe." The goat who nursed Zeus in his infancy.

Andromache: "battle of a man". Wife of Hector, who died at the hands of Achilles, and was later left alone after the Greeks sacked Troy. 

Andromeda: "to think of a man." Daughter of Cassiopeia and Cepheus, she was a Greek princess rescued by Perseus from a sea monster.

Anthea: "flower, blossom." An epithet of the Greek goddess Hera.

Antiope: A daughter of Ares and queen of the Amazons, she fell in love with and married Theseus, who later betrayed her.

Aoede: "to sing." The Muse of song, Aoide was a.daughter of Zeus, and Mnemosyne. One of Jupiter's moons is named for her. 

Aphrodite: a-frə-DIE-tee. The Greek goddess of love and procreation, who rose from the sea, according to one legend.

Arachne: ə-RAK-nee. "spider." A mortal woman who beat Athena in a weaving contest.

Arethusa: "to become excellent." A wood nymph who became a fountain.

Ariadne: ah-ree-AHD-ne. "most holy." The daughter of King Minos, who was in charge of sacrifices at the labyrinth. She helped Theseus defeat the Minotaur. 

Artemis: AHR-tə-mis. One of the most revered of Greek goddesses, Artemis had purview over the moon, hunting, wild animals, childbirth, and was a protector of women. She is frequently shown carrying a bow and arrows. 

Astraea: "star". The goddess of justice and innocence.

Atalanta: "equal in weight." A mortal woman who ran quickly and swore to never marry anyone who could not beat her.

Athena: Another of the most-venerated of Greek deities, she lent her name to the Greek city-state of Athens. Athena is considered a heroic figure devoted to justice. She was goddess of wisdom, courage, law, justice, arts, and many other attributes that Athenians considered central to their ancient culture. 

Greek Mythology Names Beginning With C

Calliope: kə-LIE-ə-pee. "beautiful voice." A goddess of epic poetry and eloquence.

Callisto: "most beautiful". A wood nymph whom Zeus loved.

Calypso: "she that conceals." A nymph who was in love with Odysseus.

Cassandra: "shining upon man." The name of a Trojan princess, Cassandra means "shining upon man." Her mythical backstory is somewhat ominous: Cassandra was given the gift of prophecy by the Greek god Apollo, but cursed so that her prophecies would never be believed. 

Cassiopeia: ka-see-ə-PEE-ə. The wife of Cepheus and the mother of Andromeda. She lends her name to the constellation where she was banished by the gods for her vanity.

Chloe: KLO-ee. "green shoot". An epithet of the Greek goddess Demeter. Chloe has ranked in the top 20 of popularity charts regularly since about the 1990s, in the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Australia. The name comes from one of the many names of the Greek goddess Demeter. It's a reference to young plants and foliage.

Circe: A goddess of magic and witchcraft who tricked Odysseus' crew and convinced him to stay on her island for a year. 

Clytia: "famous, noble". Ocean nymph in love with the son god, Helios.

Cynthia: In Greek myth, Cynthia was associated with Artemis, goddess of the moon.

Greek Mythology Names Beginning With D

Danaë: A princess of Argos and the mother of Perseus by Zeus.

Daphne: DAF-nee. "laurel." A nymph who was turned into a laurel tree.

Delia: DEEL-ee-ə. An epithet of the Greek goddess Artemis.

Demeter: di-MEET-ər. "earth mother." The goddess of agriculture, the daughter of Cronus, the sister of Zeus, and the mother of Persephone. Demeter also had purview over the cycle of life and death, and was one of the most mysterious and powerful of the pre-Olympic deities.

See Also: Popular Greek Boy Names | Male Greek Myth Names

Greek Mythological Names for Girls: E-IJ-NO-Z.

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