Mythological Greek Names for Girls, O-Z

Get Inspiration For Your Baby's Name From Greek Myths

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Ancient Greek myths have inspired many popular baby names, in the U.S. and other Western countries. Daphne, Phyllis, Iris, and Cynthia are among the names in common usage over the years that have Greek roots. But aside from sounding exotic and unique, a name from Greek mythology often carries a fascinating backstory. Here are the myths behind some possible names for your baby girl. 

Mythological Greek Names, O

Oenone: ee-NOH-nee, "wine woman." She was a mountain nymph who was married to Paris.

He abandoned her for Helen of Troy, a fateful decision that led to the start of the Trojan War. An "oenophile" is a connoisseur or lover of wine.

Ourania: "heavenly." The goddess of astronomy and astrology, Ourania was the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne. She was one of the nine muses, and was said to be the first master and protector of the flying horse Pegasus.

Greek Myth Names, P

Pandora: pan-DOHR-uh, "all gifts." The first mortal woman, created by Hephaestus at the order of Zeus. She inadvertently unleashed all the evil spirits into the world after looking into a jar (or box) that Zeus told her never to open. 

Penelope: puh-NEL-uh-pee, "faithful, devoted." The wife of Odysseus, who remained faithful to him during his nearly 20-year absence, despite her being pursued by many suitors. 

Persephone: pur-SEF-uh-nee, the daughter of Demeter and Zeus. She was kidnapped by Hades, which sent Demeter, goddess of the harvest, into mourning, which caused the first winter.

She was later allowed to return to the surface for part of the year. Her travels resulted in the change of seasons, according to the myth, and she is connected with fertility and the harvest.

Phaenna: fay-EN-uh, "shining." One of the three Graces.

Philomela: fil-oh-MEE-luh, "friend of song." The gods transformed her into a nightingale to save her from her brother-in-law who intended to kill her.

Phoebe: FEE-bee, "bright, pure." A Titan, daughter of Uranus and Gaia, mother of Leto and grandmother of Apollo and Artemis. She is most often associated with the moon.

Phyllis: FIL-is, "foliage." A Thracian princess who married Demophon, King of Athens, on his way back from fighting in the Trojan War. He leaves her behind, and she dies and where she is buried, an almond tree grows. The almond tree blooms when Demophon returns to her.

Polyhymnia: pol-i-HIM-nee-uh, "much song, one of many hymns." Goddess of dance and sacred song, dance, and agriculture. She is one of the nine muses.

Polyxena: poh-LEE-ksay-nuh, "many foreigners." A daughter of Priam and Hecuba who was loved by Achilles.

Names of Greek Mythology, R

Rhea: REE-uh, A Titan, the wife of Cronus and the mother of the Olympian goddesses and gods Zeus, Poseiden, Hades, Hera, Demeter, and Hestia.

Greek Mythological Names, S

Selene: suh-LEE-nee, "moon, brightness." The goddess of the moon, often associated with Artemis.

Greek Mythology Name, T

Terpsichore: turp-SIK-uh-ree, "enjoying the dance." Goddess of dance and dramatic chorus. One of the nine muses.

Thalia: thuh-LIE-uh, "to blossom." Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry.

Theia: "goddess." Titan goddess of sight, glittering, and glory.

Themis: "law of nature." The Titan who reigned of customs and natural law.

Greek Myth Name, U

Urania: yuw-RAY-nee-uh, "heavenly," alternate spelling of Ourania (above).

Greek Mythological Name, X

Xanthe: Zan-thee, "yellow" or "fair hair."

See also: A-DE-IJ-N.

See Also: Popular Greek Boy Names

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