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Gender: Female Pronunciation: if-i-JEN-ee-uh Meaning of Iphigenia: "of royal birth" Origin of Iphigenia: Greek

The name Iphigenia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "of royal birth". Iphigenia and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Ruler or Royal and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

In mythology, Iphigenia was sacrificed by her father, Agamemnon -- a difficult legacy to pass on to a daughter, and only one reason the name is hardly ever used.

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Famous People Named Iphigenia

Ifigenija Simonovic, Slovene writer

Pop Culture References for the name Iphigenia

Iphigenia, Princess of Argos in Greek mythology, whose father Agamemnon is commanded by Artemis to sacrifice her so his ships can sail to Troy
Victoria Iphigenia "V.I." Warshawski, main character in mystery novels by Sara Paretsky
Calliope Iphigenia "Callie" Torres, character on TV's Grey's Anatomy

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headintheclouds Says:


This is a whole lot of name. To me, it sounds like the genus of a flower or something, I think because the Ixora flower has a similar vibe. I actually like the spelling of the name and the way it looks written down on paper, very industrious-looking and steampunk-like, being eccentric and homespun like Philomena and Eugenia while also having the regal dramatic presence of Isadora, Theodosia. Not sure how usable this would be in real life, but this would certainly make a fun book/movie character-- I think I've seen this name before on an intrepid adventurer heroine in a middle grade book.

Luísa Says:


I love this name! Unhappily, in my language, it would be written like: Ifigênia; and I don't like this version at all. ;(

esita Says:


In Britain, it's pronounced If-eh-zhen-EYE-ah

Zelliew Says:


It was placed 1919 in the rankings & it's falling

DearestJules Says:


It does a little now that you mention it. But to me it also sounds like a breed of flower.

vintageluvs Says:


Love the "genia" part (especially since it is pronounced like Jen), but that "iphi" beginning is really... iffy.

raevynstar Says:


I LOVED it until I said it out loud. It's not on my list anymore, needless to say. ^_^

kmdharrington Says:


If my name was completly up to my dad I would be named Iphigenia

KittyMomma246 Says:


lol Sorry, I've got to agree with the previous commenter, lol it sounds like a disease or illness of some kind.

dramagrl19 Says:


Sounds like a disease.