Well, summer’s here and with it I have a whole new list of sizzlin’ summer Greek names. In the summertime, there’s swimming, heat, and lots of outdoor fun. Plus, according to an article on livescience.com, summer is the time of year when the most babies are born, with August tending to be the busiest month. That being said, I hope all you expecting moms find a name you like for your little bundle of summer sunshine. Here are some ideas from the ancient Greek pantheon.
Theros — THEH-rohs– Theros is the Goddess of summer in Greek mythology and I think it has a very cool sound, reminiscent of names like Maris. With the long O sound at the end, it could conceivably be a new way to get to the nickname Rose.
Daphne — Daphne was a fresh water nymph who was so beautiful that the God Apollo pursued her. Rather than be caught, she pleaded with her mother to save her and Gaia took her into the Earth, creating the laurel tree at the same time. Daphne is a name that shouldn’t have any problems with modern parents. It’s fresh and young and has such a pleasing sound.
Chrysopeleia — kris-oh-PAY-lee-ah — While this is probably too much to learn to spell and pronounce for most American parents, I included it because of how beautiful I find it. She was a Dryad, a forest nymph–appropriate because of the hiking and camping a lot of people do in the forests and wild places during this time of year. She has the easily accessible Chris and Leia (Leah) short forms, but if you’re too worried, it’d make a fantastic middle name.
Hemera — HEM-eh-ra — She’s the primeval goddess of daylight and the sun. I think she has a lovely sound that bring the sounds of Tamera, Pamela and the image of light up-to-date. As a bonus, she can have the nickname Hera or the tamer Mera.
Oceanus — oh-KYAN-ohs — Kyan, in the middle there, isn’t kee-an. The K and the Y slur together with the AN sound on the end. While that’s the Greek pronunciation, expect that everyone’s going to say ocean-us, and that’s fine–it would be very difficult to enforce the Greek pronunciation in the US. Oceanus is the Titan of the river that encircles the Earth, the font from which all Earth‘s fresh water comes. With the abundance of swimming during the summer, it seems appropriate. If you need more convincing, the only child born on the Mayflower was named Oceanus.
Poseidon — po-SY-don — As the God of the sea (as well as rivers, floods, droughts, earthquakes, and the creator of horses), it only seems appropriate to include him. Poseidon, as with all god and goddess names, will be heavier than a normal name to bear, but with the growing popularity of the genre, he won’t be the only one sporting such a name on the playground. Besides, it has the cool nickname Sy (sigh) or the more normal Don.
Apollo — As the God of light (as well as music, arts, knowledge, healing, plague and darkness, prophecy, poetry, purity, athletism, manly beauty, and enlightenment — lots of good things there!), and with the heat and bright sunshine of the season, he seemed an appropriate addition. Apollo is a name heard more and more. It’s easy to pronounce and has a nice, streamlined feel. Olympic skater Apolo Ohno is a good, modern example of the name in use.
Hyperion — hi-PEHR-ee-ohn — Or hi-PEER-ee-ohn as most people will probably say it. Hyperion was the Titan of Light and father of Helios, the Sun. It’s a very cool name with the sort of heroic sound that little boys love, suggesting the accessible Ron or Rian (Ryan) as short forms. I know a Hyperion and he loves his name.
Angel Thomas, better known on Nameberry as Dantea, is a stay-at-home mom with a passion for onomastics who writes fantasy novels in her spare time. Her knowledge of Greek names stems from her ancestry and her religion.