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Gender: F Pronunciation: SUR-see Meaning of Circe: "bird" Origin of Circe: Greek

In Greek myth, Circe, daughter of Helios, the sun, was a sorceress living on the island of Aeaea, who could turn men into animals with her magic wand, which is just what she did to Odysseus's crew in Homer's Odyssey, transforming them into swine. All was forgiven, however, as Circe and Odysseus later had a child together—Telegonus. The name and legend have appeared in countless forms, from a section of James Joyce's Ulysses to short stories by Julio Cortazar to Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon to films to DC comics to a dance by Martha Graham. So is Circe's seductive legend too powerful for a modern little girl to carry? Your call.

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Cersei Lannister on the TV show Game of Thrones (based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire). Spelled differently but pronounced the same way.

Circe Beaker, pre-made character on the Sims 2, Strangetown

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