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Medusa

Heartmeh-DOO-sa
Greek
"protect, rule"

Medusa Origin and Meaning

The name Medusa is a girl's name meaning "protect, rule".
In Greek myth, Medusa was one of the three monstrous Gorgons, with live venomous snakes in place of hair and the ability to turn people to stone with just a glance. In later myths, Medusa was originally a beautiful maiden, who was transformed into a monster by the jealous Athena.

Using a mirror to avoid looking directly at her, Medusa was slain by Perseus and her head turned into a shield. According to some legends, she bore Pegasus, the winged horse, and the giant Chrysaor, as she died.

With such heavy mythological baggage, it's little wonder that Medusa has never featured on the list of baby girl names given in the US.
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