"wide justice"

Eurydice Origin and Meaning

The name Eurydice is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "wide justice".

Despite (or because of) her tragic story in Greek myth--Eurydice was poisoned by a snake and condemned to the underworld, where her husband, musician Orpheus, tried and failed to bring her back--she has provided creative inspiration in the arts, namely as the subject of operas by Monteverdi, Haydn and Gluck, in an eponymous play by Jean Anouilh, and the myth was the inspiration for Tennessee William's drama Orpheus Descending. Paintings by Titian, Rubens and Poussin also focus on Eurydice.

In pop culture, it turns out that in the U.K. TV cult favorite Absolutely Fabulous, the outrageous Patsy's full name is Eurydice Colette Clytemnestra Dido Bathsheba Rabelais Patricia Cocteau Stone.

Is all this too much for a modern little girl to carry? Quite possibly, though weighty four-syllable Greek myth names like Persephone have recently come under consideration.

Eurydice Popularity

Famous People Named Eurydice

  • EurydiceQueen of Egypt as wife of Ptolemy I Soter
  • Eurydice I and IIQueens of Macedon
  • Eurydice DixonAustralian comedian (murdered at 22)
  • Daphne Eurydice ZunigaAmerican actress

Eurydice in Pop Culture

  • Eurydice "Patsy" Stonecharacter from British TV show Absolutely Fabulous
  • Eurydicewife of Orpheus in Greek mythology