Category: mythological baby names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
In the mythologies of ancient Greece and Rome, most of the deities had shared lineages, dominions and attributes—but not appellations. I thought it might be fun to pit the names of the two cultures against each other and let you see if your taste ran more to the Greek or Roman. The one major exception to this rule is Apollo—recently chosen by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale—whose name stayed the same.
Here they are, with Greeks on the left, the Romans to the right.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
In most places, Spring—to use an overused phrase—has sprung. The snows of winter have finally melted, buds are budding, birds are chirping. Which means it’s time to offer a seasonal menu of names—this time a multi-cultural mix whose meanings connote spring, plus names of ancient goddesses, and a few flowers and birthstones.
Aviv and Aviva are male and female versions of a Hebrew name meaning ‘springtime’; another variation is Avivi, which means ‘springlike’ and is also the word for lilac. (Tel Aviv , btw, means ‘hill of spring’.) Aviva has long been popular in Israel and its two vibrant v’s could work well here as another path to vibrant nickname Vivi.
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.
Spring is the time of year for gentle rains and soft winds, the greening of leaves and the growing of flowers. The animals are all awakening and the season of rebirth starts. It’s probably the most romanticized season. Historically, Spring has been known as the time for having babies, for birth and fertility and in recent studies, Spring and mid-Summer have statistically had more births. If you’re looking for a name that represents the springtime and all its lovely flowers and greenery, I have a list of generally underused Greek names just for you.
Goddesses of the Spring
Persephone – Persephone is pronounced per-SEF-oh nee and she’s the queen of the underworld, wife of Hades and goddess of spring growth. While Persephone generally has a bad rep, it’s really a very lovely name. She’s the reason we have flowers and green things during the Spring and Summer. Though her name has been attributed to having a negative meaning, it’s really an unknown as the words for ‘dark blue’ and the word for ‘sound’ both appear in her name.
Exactly forty-three years ago, on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 spaceflight landed the first humans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on the moon, with Armstrong being the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later, famously describing the event as “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” This effectively ended the space race with Russia and fulfilled a goal set by John F. Kennedy in 1961.
Apollo— The Apollo program was named after the Greek god of light, music and the sun by NASA manager Abe Silverstein, who said he chose it “like I’d name my baby,” after perusing a mythology book and seeing an image of Apollo riding his chariot across the sun.