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Gender: F Pronunciation: per-SEF-o-nee Origin of Persephone: Greek mythology name

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Persephone is the esoteric name of the Greek mythological daughter of Zeus by Demeter, the queen of the harvest. After she was kidnapped by Hades to be Queen of the Underworld, it was decreed by Zeus that she would spend six months of the year with her mother, allowing crops to grow, and six in mourning, thus accounting for the seasons.

Despite the mixed message of her mythological past, Persephone has a light and lyrical aura, and pleasant associations with springtime and the harvest; she was also goddess of spring growth. Persephone was seen in the Matrix movies, played by Monica Bellucci, and could make an interesting replacement for the overused Stephanie.

Persephone's meaning is in dispute: While some sources give it as the worrisome "bringing death," others indicate that's it's associated with dark blue and with speaking. Persephone was called Kore in childhood; in Roman mythology, she is Proserpina.

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Famous People Named Persephone

Persephone Swales-Dawson - British Actress, currently in Hollyoaks

Pop Culture References for the Name Persephone

Lady Persephone "Percy" Towyn, character in TV's "Upstairs Downstairs"
Persephone, planet on the TV show "Firefly"
Persephone, the female dog in Disney movie "Frankenweenie"
Persephone Hadley, main character in Malorie Blackman's series "Noughts"

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