"bringer of destruction"

Persephone Origin and Meaning

The name Persephone is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "bringer of destruction".

Persephone is the esoteric name of the Greek mythological daughter of Zeus by Demeter, the queen of the harvest. After she was kidnapped by Hades to be Queen of the Underworld, it was decreed by Zeus that she would spend six months of the year with her mother, allowing crops to grow, and six in mourning, thus accounting for the seasons.

Despite the mixed message of her mythological past, Persephone has a light and lyrical aura, and pleasant associations with springtime and the harvest; she was also goddess of spring growth. Persephone was seen in the Matrix movies, played by Monica Bellucci, and could make an interesting replacement for the overused Stephanie.

Persephone's meaning is in dispute: While some sources give it as the worrisome "bringing death," others indicate that's it's associated with dark blue and with speaking. Persephone was called Kore in childhood; in Roman mythology, she is Proserpina.

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Famous People Named Persephone

  • Persephone SwalesDawson, British actress

Persephone in Pop Culture

  • PersephoneGreek goddess of the underworld
  • Persephone "Persie" Towyncharacter in TV's "Upstairs Downstairs"
  • Persephonethe dog in Disney movie "Frankenweenie"
  • Persephone Hadleyin Malorie Blackman's series "Noughts and Crosses"
  • Persephone Blythecharacter from the novel The distant hours, by Kate Morton
  • Persephone JamesDet. Olivia Benson's undercover name in Law and Order: SVU
  • Persephonecharacter in The Matrix trilogy
  • Persephonea horse in the "House of Night" books
  • Persephonea character in "The Raven Cycle" series by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Persephoneplanet on the TV show "Firefly"
  • Persephone or Rachel Blakecharacter in game The Lost Experience
  • Persephonea character in Jeff Noon's Pollen
  • Persephonea character in animated series Stripperella
  • Persephonethe Goddess of Life in the computer game Sacrifice
  • Persephonea character in video game Herc's Adventures
  • Persephoneminor enemy in some Castlevania games
  • Persephonean Amazon in the film Wonder Woman
  • Persephonecharacter in The Admiral's Daughter
  • Persephone Poodlea Webkinz character
  • Persephonea Fairy character in video game Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

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