Gender: Female Pronunciation: SUR-see Meaning of Circe: "bird" Origin of Circe: Greek

Circe Origin and Meaning

The name Circe is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "bird".

In Greek myth, Circe, daughter of Helios, the sun, was a sorceress living on the island of Aeaea, who could turn men into animals with her magic wand, which is just what she did to Odysseus's crew in Homer's Odyssey, transforming them into swine. All was forgiven, however, as Circe and Odysseus later had a child together—Telegonus. The name and legend have appeared in countless forms, from a section of James Joyce's Ulysses to short stories by Julio Cortazar to Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon to films to DC comics to a dance by Martha Graham. So is Circe's seductive legend too powerful for a modern little girl to carry? Your call.

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Iloveart18 Says:


I love this name. It is not popular at all and works as a great alternative to Chloe.

MJ21 Says:


The pronunciation of her name is different from Circe though?? It's Sir-Say- well thats how it's supposed to be lol. She's questionable that's for sure

saoirse123 Says:


That's what I was going to say: this is probably (definitely) the inspiration for Cersei Lannister's name. And hey, she is, technically, a strong female character.

YellowSword Says:


same xD

YellowSword Says:


Yes. The Latin pronunciation would be keer-keh (same goes for Caesar, for example), but Latin names with K sounds are most commonly pronounced like S nowadays.

lemonqueen Says:


It is just so beautiful.

EW314 Says:


I find the legends surrounding Circe mystical and enchanting, rather than off-putting. There could be some pronunciation issues, but I think most people will probably have heard the name before, at least in passing. I think it's a very lovely name, and I'm excited to see that one previous commenter actually has the name, and loves it!

Luísa Says:


I did the same mistake :P

RoddyThlayli Says:


I would definitely not want to associate my child with Circe.

TaliaCat Says:


Interesting. I've never heard this name before. When I first saw it, I thought it would be pronounced "Serk", but I like the "SUR-see" pronunciation. Very unusual, which I like.

MissMadhat Says:


Isn't the original pronounced with K sounds rather than S sounds??

juliabrowneyes Says:


It sounds pretty, but I don't like the way it looks -- I see "circle."

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Reminds me of Cersei Lannister - a truly awesome (if questionable) character.

SweetPraline Says:


Why do I like this name so much? I think I just have a thing for Greek goddess names.

vintageluvs Says:


Oh. Sorry. I guess that looks a little harsh when I reread what I wrote. I don't have the same opinion anymore :)

arizonawinnie Says:


i thought this was pronounced cirque

Marmylove Says:


I guess you can say that, and I would have readily agreed when I was a child (kids are like sharks if you have a different name), but as an adult I enjoy my name.

Marmylove Says:


They will suprise you more often than you think.

Marmylove Says:


I love my name, Circe. I work in healthcare, and when patients hear my name they always are complimentary in the uniqueness of my name. Yep, I've inly heard if one other. She had mystical powers---wouldn't they be fun!? I've seen several naming sites that say my name is unpopular. I say my name is unknown. As people come to know my name, it will become more popular. So please do me the favor of saying my name is unknown rather than unpopular. It makes my name sound like something unliked or bad. It's just not very widely known.
Thank you,

Alan Sircy Says:


So odd. My last name is Sircy. Same pronunciation. Never thought of it as a first name but could be pretty for a little girl:)

vintageluvs Says:


I'm going to name my cat this because of the witch image I have, along with Hekate, Selene, Ceridwen, Freyja, and other "witch" goddesses. Word of the wise, stay away from Circe.

faithnamer Says:


This is a pretty name, but I really don't think that anyone would get the pronunciation right. :/