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Mythological Baby Names for Girls

Mythological baby names for girls can impart both tradition and strength to a child. The pantheon of Greek and Roman deities and other classical mythological figures can provide an abundant source of audacious options, all combining deep history with not-heard-in-a-long-time freshness.
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  • Phyllis

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    Phyllis has been used by classical poets for the idealized pastoral maiden, but its twenty-first-century image is closer to Phyllis Diller. Phyllida is a variation that sounds at once more old-fash... Read More 

  • Priya

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    A name traditionally given to Indian girls born in August, Priya -- pronounced pree-ah -- denotes someone with an individual brand of beauty. Read More 

  • Rhea

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    Old-style creative name of the Greek mythological earth mother of all the gods. A lot better than the Roman equivalent: Ops.  Read More 

  • Selene

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  • Signy

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    Signy — also spelled Signe — would make another distinctively offbeat alternative to Sydney. Signy appears in Norse mythology as the twin sister of Sigmund. Read More 

  • Tanith

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    Name of the Phoenician deity who was the patron of Carthage, goddess of the moon, and a fertility figure. Variations include Tanit, Tanis, and Tanitha. The name is frequently misinterpreted to be... Read More 

  • Tara

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    Despite a rich history in Irish myth preceding its plantation appearance in Gone with the Wind, widespread use in the seventies caused Tara to lose its Irish accent.  Read More 

  • Thalassa

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    A pretty, rarely used Greek name, Thalassa is the ancient personification of the sea, particularly the Mediterranean, who is sometimes considered the mother of Aphrodite. In 1991, a newly discover... Read More 

  • Uma

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    Uma is a throaty, exotic name for a Hindu goddess...and a Hollywood one. But as popular as Uma Thurman is, other parents have not yet picked up on her name, making it a rarity. Uma is one of the m... Read More 

  • Venus

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    The name of a heavenly planet and the Roman goddess of beauty and love was an intimidating no-no until tennis champ Venus Williams put an athletic, modern spin on it. Associated with the Greek Ap... Read More 

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