CythereaGraye, heroine of ThomasHardy's "Desperate Remedies" (1871)
"I had seen her name on a bag at the station and wondered what she would be like – Cytherea! A lovely name, anyhow." [H. G. Wells, "Brynhild," 1937]
Epithet of Aphrodite, taken from the name of the island Cythera, which was sacred to her.
"The Embarkation for Cythera," a Rococo painting by Watteau.
Cytharea, the spelling used by 17th-century poet AnneFinch Possibly related to the French name Quitterie. Saint Quiteria is sometimes depicted as a sword-wielding guerrilla fighter.