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  1. #1
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    Lightbulb New Inspiration: Names you might Not have heard of from Mythology

    One of my favorite girl names of all time, Cytheria, is one of the ancient greek epithets for the goddess Aphrodite (Venus). So I started thinking that perhaps there are some other gems to be discovered in ancient texts and epic poetry that I hadn't thought of yet. So after combing through my college studies and checking internet resources, I give you just a few that I think might work:

    Greco-Roman Deities:

    Aphrodite/Venus
    Cytheria (refers to one of the goddess' reported birthplaces)
    Dionaea (daughter of Zeus)
    Dia (shining or divine)
    Zerynthia (unknown meaning)


    Apollo
    Loxias (refers to mysterious oracular powers)
    Paean (healer)

    Ares/Mars
    Oxys (Sharp, piercing)
    Chrysopelex (helmed in gold)

    Artemis/Diana
    Daphnia (of the laurel tree)
    Pheraia (of the beasts)
    Elaphaia (of the deer)

    Athena/Minerva
    Eryma (defender)
    Zosteria (encirlced in armor)

    Demeter/Ceres
    Amaia (unknown meaning)
    Anassa (Queen)
    Thesmia (of the laws)

    Dionysus/Bacchus
    Anthion (of the flowers)
    Evaster (ecstatic cry)

    Hera/Juno
    Gamelia (of marriage)
    Telea (woman)

  2. #3
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    I really like Dionaea. Very pretty!

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    I just posted in another thread about liking Amaia. It's so pretty.
    My darling little Bean is a G I R L!
    Making her debut September 2014

  4. #7
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    Ooh, I like Daphnia!
    I'm a young writer who's obsessed with baby names!!!!!!!!
    Favorite names coming soon...
    Elrock13

  5. #9
    Great list! I love seeing Amaia, I know a lot of people peg it for being made-up and I've even seen it labeled as "ghetto", which bugs me, it has beautiful roots. Zosteria is really cool.

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