Circe

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

The name Circe is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "bird". Circe and is often added to lists like Best Cool Unusual Girls' Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Circe

Circe Maia, Uruguayan poet

Pop Culture References for the name Circe

Circe Beaker, character in "The Sims 2: Strangetown"
Circe, character in DC Comics
Circe, main antagonist of the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libby Bray
Circe Invidiosa, painting by Pre-Raphaelite artist John William Waterhouse