Baby Names Of The Greek Gods And Goddesses
Would you name your child after a god or goddess? Why or why not? In this article we will examine the baby names taken from Greek gods, goddesses, and throw in some of the names of the Titans just for good measure. There is actually a very long and storied history behind people naming their children after local gods.
A History Of Naming Babies After Gods And Goddesses
Using the names of the Greek gods for people is not new or unique. It has long been a tradition in many societies for people to name their children after gods or goddesses in order to both commit the life of the child to the service of that god or goddess, in addition to specifically seeking out the protection of their favored deities.
Very similar phenomena can be seen and easily referenced in the ancient Hebraic and Aramaic languages. Many of the names in both the old and new testaments, including the canon of both the Greek Orthodox and Latin Vulgate bibles, are directly related to God.
This phenomenon can be readily seen among many of the tribal people of Africa, in addition to their descendants in the Caribbean and Bahamian areas outside of the United States. It further extends through the mixed and Creole cultures in and around Louisiana.
During the seventeen hundreds, many of the Catholic and Protestant churches took to this practice using the names of saints rather than gods. It was believed that the saints would afford similar protections, without the blasphemy associated with naming a child after a god whose name was sacrosanct.
Many of these traditions to this very day, some among people heavily influenced by the church in their every day lives. Other instances include older traditions at a more local, or tribal level. Whatever the reasoning, the fact remains that to this very day it is common for people to name their children using names of the Greek gods, goddesses, and even after titans and the sons of gods and titans whose deeds among men were legendary.
Babygirl Names From Greek Goddesses
Aphrodite – Aphrodite is most commonly associated with beauty and even sex, though she was also the goddess of love and fertility, and was occasionally called upon as a goddess overseeing some marriages.
Artemis – Artemis is the twin sister of the god Apollo, born of Zeus. She is known as the goddess of the hunt and may often be portrayed with her faithful canine by her side. Despite being renowned as a huntress, Artemis was also the goddess of animals, and it is said that she would seek vengeance upon any who caused her favored animals to suffer.
Athena – Athena is the ultimate warrior in many ways, being the goddess of war, and wisdom, including military strategy. She was born without the need of a mother, being brought forth directly from the head of Zeus, already wearing her armor.
Demeter – Demeter is known as the goddess of agriculture and the harvest. It is said that she controlled both the weather and the growth of crops. It was claimed that the presence of winter was caused by the broken heart of Demeter, mourning over the situation with her daughter Persephone who would be forced to exist with Hades in the underworld during the winter months.
Gaea – Gaea is the goddess of the earth, or an anthropomorphic representation of the earth. She is both the mother and wife of the Heavens or Ouranus. She is also the mother of the titans, the cyclopes, the erinyes, the furies, and the gigantes.
Hera – Hera was the wife of Zeus and seemingly a vengeful goddess known for exhibiting her wrath and contempt for the other gods and goddesses out on the mortals inhabiting the earth. She was the goddess of women and birth, but also the goddess of families.
Hestia – Hestia is known as the goddess of purity and virginity. It is said that she represents the “hearth and home” and the family. She is further tasked as the goddess of the State in order to keep the motives of the politicians honest and pure.
Mnemosyne – Mnemosyne is first and foremost a titaness and also well known as the mother of the Greek muses. She is the daughter of Heaven and Earth, or Ouranus and Gaea. She is also the goddess of memory, lest you forget.
Phoebe – Phoebe was a titaness and the goddess of intelligence.
Rhea – Rhea is a titaness and goddess of motherhood and fertility. She is the older sister and consort of the titan Cronus.
Tethys – She is a titaness and Greek goddess of fresh water and nursing, though sometimes associated with nurturing. She is the sister and wife of Oceanus.
Thea – Thea is a titaness but may be referred to as the goddess of light or the goddess of divinity in accordance with some translations.
Themis – Themis is a titaness and the anthropomorphic embodiment of justice, divine order, laws, customs, and fairness. She may also be remembered as the second wife of Zeus.
Babyboy Names From Greek Gods
Apollo – Apollo was a multi-faceted and seemingly multi-tasking Greek god, known for the protection of the divinity of the Greek people, and as the god of archery, disease and health, dance and music, the sun and light, poetry, truth and prophecy, and other characteristics over which he held sway with his power as a god.
Ares – Ares is often represented as the god of war, but it may be more accurate to indicate that he was the spirit of battle. In truth, Ares represented the very worst of human nature and was supposedly responsible for the depths of depravity men would descend to during battle.
Coeus – Coeus is a titan and may be generally referred to as the titan of intellect, and only as a god of intellect in more restricted circumstances it would seem.
Crius – Crius is a titan and the god of the heavenly bodies or constellations. (See also Cirus)
Cronus – Cronus was the youngest of the titans but was ultimately responsible for freeing the other titans and would soon take place as their leader. He accomplished this by castrating his father with a harp based on the advice of his mother Gaea. He would ultimately go on to receive a similar fate from his youngest son.
Dionysus – Dionysus was the god of fertility and wine. In his role as the god of wine, he reflected the duality of humanity, as often evidenced by the consumption of wine or other distilled spirits. As the god of wine he was known to bring joy to some, while bringing pure rage to others. He would later also become a patron of the arts, perhaps explaining the dual nature in the entertainment industry of today as well.
Hades – There is a certain spiritual irony in the god Hades as he was known on one hand as the giver of wealth, but ultimately the ruler of the underworld at the same time. Hades was the son of Cronus and Rhea, and the brother of Demeter, Hera, Hestia, Poseidon, and Zeus.
Hephaestus – This is the god of smiths and craftsmen, including the artisans in many different areas of crafting and construction. He is the god of blacksmiths, carpenters, stone masons, sculptors, and even metallurgy and fire.
Hermes – Hermes is perhaps best known as being the Messenger of the Gods but he was also the god of commerce. He can be easily recognized by his winged feet and helm. He is also the protector of human travelers, messengers, and even thieves, spokespersons, and merchants.
Hyperion – Hyperion is one of the few titans not worshiped and remembered so much as a god. What Hyperion is perhaps best known for is his coupling with his sister Theia, and fathering Helios who is the anthropomorphic representation of the sun, Selene the embodiment of the moon, and Eos, the personification of the new dawn.
Iapetus – Iapetus was the Western pillar tasked with upholding the sky after helping to restrain Ouranus in cooperation with the other titans, his brothers and sisters. He may also be known as the titan god of mortality.
Oceanus – Oceanus was one of the primordial titans and was responsible for the great River Okeanos or the source of fresh water that surrounded the earth. As such, he was also the god of the astral bodies that it was once believed sank into and rose out of the waters of the River Okeanos.
Ouranos – Ouranos is one of the primordial gods and is seen as the personification or representation of the sky. He was the husband of Gaea, and upon being castrated by Cronus, the Earth (Gaea) and the Sky (Ouranos) would be forever separated. (See also Uranos)
Poseidon – Poseidon was known to be ill-tempered and greedy, even among the gods. He was known for his wrath and seeking vengeance upon all who dared insult him. Poseidon was the Greek god of the Sea, storms, earthquakes, and of all things, horses. This may explain the penchant for horses to react before an approaching storm and even by many accounts, before an earthquake occurs.
Tartarus – Tartarus deserves an honorable mention, even lacking any real anthropomorphic representation. He is in every sense of his being, the physical abyss wherein the titans and others are imprisoned.
Zeus – It should also be noted that this name should not be confused with Jesus from the Spanish language version of the name with different origins. (Yes, you earned a smile and a chuckle if you got the reference)
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