Gender: Female Meaning of Electra: "shining, bright" Origin of Electra: Greek

Electra Origin and Meaning

The name Electra is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "shining, bright".

Though the tragedies of the Greeks and Eugene O'Neill that used this name are filled with incest and murder, Electra is still a brilliant choice. Isabella Rossellini chose the gentler Italian verson, Elettra, for her now grown daughter.

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Famous People Named Electra

Pop Culture References for the name Electra

Ellectra, Alectra, Oectra, Ellektra, Elektra

Electra's International Variations

Elettra (Italian)


Lorax Says:


I like Electra. It is a striking, uniquely pretty name. However, the gross association with the Electra Complex would indeed prevent me from using it. That's just me.

EW314 Says:


Close family members recently gave this as a middle name to their daughter. I was surprised, but I actually quite like it - at least in theory. The Italian variant, Elettra, is prettier though IMO.

The problem for me is the associations behind the name: the Electra Complex is the opposite of the Oedipus Complex, defined as "a girl's psychosexual competition with her mother for possession of her father"... Not great. I also think of Carmen Electra, and therefore skimpy swimsuits and fake boobs. Also not ideal.

Lola Says:


Ellie as a nickname would be so cute!
Electra is pretty out there though....

Jinxgirl Says:


It's an interesting name but I couldn't possibly look at an Electra and think of anything but the comic character

Jinxgirl Says:


There are graphic novels about Elektra.

EryGasai Says:


A beautiful, strong name. Definitely underrated.
I'd love to read a book with a main character named "Electra".