Heartee-AN-thee; eye-AN-thee
"purple flower"

Ianthe Origin and Meaning

The name Ianthe is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "purple flower".

Like Violet, Lavender and Lilac, Ianthe is a purple flower name. Chosen by the poet Shelley for his daughter, Ianthe has a poetic, romantic, almost ethereal quality. In the ancient myth, she was the daughter of Oceanus, supreme ruler of the sea, and also a Cretan woman so beautiful that when she died the Gods made purple flowers grow around her grave.

Iantha is also used.

Ianthe was a favorite of the pastoral poets of the seventeenth century and then again in the early nineteenth. She appears in the works of Shelley, Barbara Pym and Georgette Heyer. Writer Richard Brautigan named his daughter Ianthe.

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Famous People Named Ianthe

  • Ianthe Elizabeth BrautiganAmerican writer
  • Ianthe Eliza Shelley (18131876), daughter of the poet Shelley and his first wife Harriet Westbrook

Ianthe in Pop Culture

  • Ianthe Thomsoncharacter in Rosamond Lehmann's "The Ballad and the Source" (1944)
  • Miss Ianthe Broome is a charmingrefined young woman in a Barbara Pym novel.
  • Ianthecharacter in John Polidori's "The Vampyre" (1819)
  • Ianthe (Demon Spawn)character in Sarah J. Maas's series "A Court of Thorns and Roses" (A Court of Mist and Fury)
  • Ianthe Violet Sin Ohnecharacter in Sherin Subhan's YA series on Wattpad "The Von Meer Academy"

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