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Gender: F Pronunciation: per-SEF-o-nee Origin of Persephone: Greek mythology name

Persephone is the esoteric name of the Greek mythological daughter of Zeus by Demeter, the queen of the harvest. After she was kidnapped by Hades to be Queen of the Underworld, it was decreed by Zeus that she would spend six months of the year with her mother, allowing crops to grow, and six in mourning, thus accounting for the seasons.

Despite the mixed message of her mythological past, Persephone has a light and lyrical aura, and pleasant associations with springtime and the harvest; she was also goddess of spring growth. Persephone was seen in the Matrix movies, played by Monica Bellucci, and could make an interesting replacement for the overused Stephanie.

Persephone's meaning is in dispute: While some sources give it as the worrisome "bringing death," others indicate that's it's associated with dark blue and with speaking. Persephone was called Kore in childhood; in Roman mythology, she is Proserpina.

Persephone is popular on Nameberry, ranking at Number 148,

Famous People Named Persephone

Persephone Swales-Dawson, British actress
Persephone, podcaster of Caramel Cult

Pop Culture References for the name Persephone

Persephone "Persie" Towyn, character in TV's "Upstairs Downstairs"
Persephone, the dog in Disney movie "Frankenweenie"
Persephone Hadley, in Malorie Blackman's series "Noughts and Crosses"
Persephone Blythe, character from the novel The distant hours, by Kate Morton
Persephone James, Det. Olivia Benson's undercover name in Law and Order: SVU
Persephone, character in The Matrix trilogy
Persephone, a horse in the "House of Night" books
Persephone, a character in "The Raven Cycle" series by Maggie Stiefvater
Persephone, planet on the TV show "Firefly"

Persephonie, Persephonia, Persephassa