Gender: Female Pronunciation: ee-o or eye-o Origin of Io: Greek mythology name

Io Origin and Meaning

The name Io is a girl's name of Greek origin.

Io may be one of the slightest names in the book, but there aren't many two-letter names with as much substance as this Greek mythological example. Io, a name used for the largest moon of Jupiter, was in classic myth raped by Zeus and escaped from him by changing herself into a cow.

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autumnreverie Says:


I like it, but I think the "Old MacDonald" and "I.O.U" jokes would get old fast.

Piteco Says:


A name with just two fucking letters. Seriously?
But damnit, this name is awesome. A vulcanous and gentle sensation at the same time. I can visualize a beautiful redhead girl full of freckles called Io!!!!!

Mhill46 Says:


Love this name! Cute and spunky. It's definitely on my GP list but it's growing on me. Maybe a middle name one day.

MonikerWanderer Says:


The only Io I know is male. His parents should have checked the mythology behind the name before using it, but I think he's just named after the moon.

scblovesnames Says:


The perfect Middle name.

Floris Says:


They got it wrong, Zeus did not rape Io. He wanted to seduce her, Hera heard of it and got jealous, so he transformed her into a silver cow. When Hera found our she damanded Io to be gifted to her. Io was saved by Hermes and sent Hera a a botfly that followed Hera around.

EW314 Says:


I'd love to use this, but I could never convince DH. I love how short and evocative it is, and I'm a sucker for -o ending names for girls. It would also make a spunky nickname for Ione, which is another favourite of mine.

Amber Renee Says:


Ah yes "the rape of Io" exactly the kind of story you want to name a child after. I think this name is completely inappropriate to use the same way Lolita is.

Hailey Says:


Pronounced letter I, letter O? I don't like this.

Luísa Says:


I love this name!!!
But it's so short, I'm afraid that maybe it's TOO short...?

actingfun Says:


I like this name as a nickname for Iona, Leona, and Iolana. It's adorable!

esita Says:


Guilty Pleasure - would never use but it is lovely. I know one child with Io as a middle name.

rachel Says:


Io is also a moon of jupiter, but it isn't the biggest, that's ganymede. It is very volcanic though :)

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Some of the mythology on Nameberry needs to be checked. Io was an Ancient Greek priestess of Hera. She was seduced by Zeus who then turned her into a heifer to escape the wrath of Hera. She was chased by a gadfly sent by Hera all the way to Egypt. She was mortal, she could voluntarily turn into anything.