Baby Names Inspired By Greek Gods and Goddesses

    The first well-documented mention of Greek Gods and Goddesses were the writings of Homer in the 700s BC, but the true history is thought to date back to the Mesopotamians. Some historians believe Greek mythology was created as a series of stories explaining how the earth, skies, human beings and nature were created. As such, Greek mythology could be considered the ancient precursor to modern religion.

    Over the years interest in Greek mythology has been preserved with movies, comic books and novels written about Greek Gods and Goddesses. The persistent popularity makes ancient Greek names the perfect alternative to traditional baby names. While not all Greek God and Goddess names are ideal as baby names, there are a few that stand out over the years.

    Greek Goddess Names for Her
    Greek Goddesses were often associated with life, birth, women and the Earth. On some level, most Greek Goddesses played some part in the creation of Earth, human life and growth.

     

    • Aphrodite: Goddess of pleasure, love and beauty.
    • Artemis: Goddess of wilderness and animals.
    • Athena: Goddess of skill, strategy and wisdom.
    • Hera: Goddess of empires, marriage and women.
    • Demeter: Goddess of nourishment and growth.
    • Hestia: Goddess of home and hearth.
    • Hemera: Goddess of daylight.
    • Gaia: Goddess of earth often referred to as Mother Earth.

    Greek God Names for Him
    Greek Gods, unlike Greek Goddesses, often held dark job ruling over the underworld, death and destruction. Among the darkest of Greek Gods there are a few who ruled over various aspects of life, including light, travel and the sea.

    • Ares: God of war.
    • Apollo: God of light, music and healing.
    • Hermes: God of athletics, communication and travel.
    • Chronos: God of time.
    • Pontus: God of the sea and sea life.

    The Titans – The History of the Greek Gods and Goddesses
    Greek mythology includes the Titans – the children of Heaven and Earth. The Titans were often referred to as the Elder Gods.

    Popular names of male Titans include:

    • Oceanus
    • Hyperion
    • Prometheus
    • Atlas

    Popular names of female Titans include:

    • Tethys
    • Mnemosyne
    • Themis

    Greek mythology is packed with interlaced stories of creation, growth, deception, power and reconciliation. At the heart of the stories are Greek Gods and Goddesses who, whether by purpose of by chance, changed the face of human kind. The myths and stories of Greek mythology are used today as storylines for blockbuster films, novels and quite the unique selection of baby names.

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