Gender: Female Pronunciation: per-SEF-o-nee Origin of Persephone: Greek mythology name Persephone's Popularity in 2019: #924

Persephone Origin and Meaning

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

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,

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Rank in US: #924

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Pop Culture References for the name Persephone

Persephonie, Persephonia, Persephassa


MidnightSky Says:


Persephone is epic, stunning and magnificent. I love the sound of it and the mythology is so interesting and fun.

Eirini170 Says:


Actually Persephone is pronounced per-se-FO-nee

JOAsnames Says:


Melody Persephone would be so... well melodic and musical 😂

NameNerd15 Says:


That’s nice. I like Persephone as a middle name, but not a first name.

Adeline D Says:


Does Persephone Primrose Cameron work? Cameron is a family name not the last name! Is it fine or too long?

sofiaishere Says:


Well, then don't name your kids this ?

charlotte91286 Says:


I love this name, chose it for our daughters middle name...Iris Persephone 😊

cheesy-biscuit Says:


My cat is called Persephone. People always act confused when we tell them. We call her: Sef, Sephy, Seffalump, Perstephanie, Seffa, and Seff Soff

Gia.berry Says:


Persephone and Antigone sound like the perfect twins to me.

Ella Says:


I just read it as Percy-phone so I won't use it

pixelatedinfants Says:


I used to pronounce this name "percy phone" and I even loved it pronounced that way! I joined NameBerry when I was 10, and in 4th grade we learned abt Greek mythology and I was the only one who could pronounce Persephone right.

pixelatedinfants Says:


Finnie, Oni, Seff

Daiseymae Says:


Your name is very pretty.

JasmineDaisy Says:


My all time favorite girls name.

Ziraleet Says:


Love, love, love the nickname Persy/Percy for this!!!

Starelli Says:


I knew someone named Persephone who went by 'Percy' for short. So befitting! I thought her name was made up til I saw it on here.

aspiring author Says:


Despite the fact I'm usually not a fan of long and fussy sounding names, I do actually like Persephone. I love most of the possible nicknames too (Percy and Sephy are my favorite ones). In the future, this could be a possibility, but it is actually one of my favorites!

JossieChris Says:


I have a love hate relationship with this name. I love anyone brave enough to use it. It has a luxury and class about it. I would hate to spell it. I hate it sounds like 80s Stephanie. I hate that it has "phoney" in it.I hear the bullies lining up for that one. You big phoney!! Seraphina, Andromeda and Aurora are some favs in this category that I would prefer. Have fun spelling this out on forms. Hope you have a short last name. But like I said, I still love it and salute all who carry it.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I totally love this. It's so beautiful, and I've always loved Persephone's story.

Melsie22 Says:


Effie! This is genius, I love this nick name for Persephone! now deffs on my list

littlenico17 Says:


I have to say I love Persephone! Big lover of Greek Mythology so I do actually like the story behind it plus the nickname options are great: Persie, Sephy, Effie.. Would absolutely use for a daughter if my future other half likes it!

Fluffykitten101 Says:


It's interesting as I thought Persephone was more popular in the U.K... I know more Persephone's than I do Amelia's! (the top name in the U.K).

snowsbeloved Says:


It's a stretch but I don't think it'd be impossible. :)

QuxxnAphrosephone Says:


Persephone is the goddess of flowers but at the same time she's the queen of hell. Honestly life goals there.

thorn144 Says:


Question for berries: what do you think of the nickname Poppy for Persephone?

esita Says:


Babies grow up though (thankfully when you think about nappies).

katinka Says:


Though it's longer and fussier than most names I like, I do really like Persephone. It feels so much more interesting and substantial than Penelope - more along the lines of Hermione, which is another love of mine.

I love mythology names generally and the story behind this one gives it a wonderfully dark, mysterious undertone in my mind. I disagree with NB's description of it as "light and lyrical" - I find it marvellously clunky and even cacophonous, in the best possible way!

This name has seen low but steady use here in the UK, so I'd say it's familiar to most people. Of course there would be mispronunciations but no more so than with Caroline, Evelyn, Lila, Sara, and many other more popular names. There are a whole host of lovely nickname options too: I'd use Pip/Pippa, Effie or even Sappho, but you could also use Saffy, Sephy, Percy, Fifi...

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SimoneKadele Says:


A bit too heavy for a baby's name IMO.

headintheclouds Says:


Persephone is a stunning, impactful, lush and girly name. While I'm iffy about the mythology behind the goddess and Hades, I think the connection to springtime and nature is lovely. I like the nicknames Persy and Seph/Sephy for this.

Especially given the rise of Penelope, Persephone definitely deserves more popularity, or at least a change in status to being perceived as less of a "hippie" name, and more of an unusual/eccentric but commercially viable baby name option. (Side note: I always fight my intuition of pronouncing it like telephone! I have to remind myself it's Per-seh-fo-nee :b)

Lena_Aline Says:


I agree.

Hylian Wizard Says:


I'm not a fan. I mean, I lean more to disliking it. But I don't like or hate it. To me, Persephone is just a name that everyone else likes. However, there is nothing outright wrong with the name in my eyes.

cabosanmucus Says:


I have strong words for this name but I'll just keep them to myself. I won't start a riot.

Lena_Aline Says:


Am I alone in disliking this name? I don't know why, I just, for some reason, dislike it.

Lena_Aline Says:


Perry? You could even use Cora, which, in mythology, was one of Persephone's names, but it's a bit of a stretch. Oni?

Lena_Aline Says:


Lamia, despite the mythology, is beautiful.

Amber Renee Says:


I love the Goddess and the myth and I am so glad to see other people use it but I don't think I could use it myself because the spelling/ pronunciation issues would really bother me. I love the name Anara as an alternative, it means "pomegranate flower" so it ties into the myth and the Goddess, but it sounds softer and it is a lot easier to say and spell.

snowsbeloved Says:


Probably the original "guilty pleasure" name--for me at least! This would never fly with my husband, not to mention our parents! Lol

grace147 Says:


you could also do the nickname Persy

kitchi1 Says:


I love this name, and the nickname Percy.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Love the name Persephone! Don't like the nickname Percy/Persy, though. I think Pony might be cute when they're little, and Sephy/Seph when they get older.

MJadeF Says:


I really do like this name, but I don't think I'd use it. Maybe as a middle name.

Aethelflaed Says:


British novelist Tilly Bagshawe named her daughter Persephone Daphne Frideswide (Sefi). Three of my all-time favorite names.

Catastroffy Says:


I agree with you 100%.

SweetPraline Says:


DH and I both adore Persephone, and it has been on our mutual list for quite some time. We have rather varying tastes in name but this is one we indeed agree on. I don't know if I have the guts to use it as a first name. I might tuck it in there somewhere though.

madmaddie Says:


My least favorite name. Horrible sound, horrible meaning, horrible look, and horrible backstory. I know most will disagree, but I dislike it so much, and can't imagine ever naming my child this. To each his own.

mckaylalove Says:


I always liked the nickname Posy. Or Posey. However you want to spell it.

persephonececilia Says:


My name is Persephone, and people have always commented on how unusual it is. My parents did balance it out with a 'formal' second name, that I could use if I didn't like my first. My nn has always been Seph(y), since it was the only thing my siblings could pronounce.

strawberrydino Says:


Well it's kinda a stretch but if you replace the ending with an a instead of an e you get Ona (Ah-Na) and I suppose that could work.

Nooshi Says:


Percy, Sephy.

AprilRobin Says:


At least that is how I was told to pronounce it

Hydra Says:


PER-seh-FUH-nee. At least, that's how I and everybody I know pronounce it.

Guest Says:


How's this pronounced?

Guest Says:


A year after Persephone was born, I discovered the nickname, Perla. I just matched the "Per" from Persephone and the "La" from her middle name, Lamia & *poof*... instant nickname. My DH didn't care much for Perla so it never stuck. DH and I also call Persephone "Her". Just "Her".

Guest Says:


Persephone is called "Stephy" sometimes by my dad. My grandfather cannot pronounce her name well so he calls her Patricia. On one occasion at a playground, a lady misunderstood me and thought my daughter's name was Stephanie. I never corrected her since she told me that Stephanie was such a sweet name. I never considered Percy as a nickname for Persephone. I have always associated Percy as a man's name since this was the name of the male superintendent of the local school district. I have encountered only one other Persephone and her nickname was Percy.

Angelicaecb Says:


I'm actually really intrigued that someone actually named their daughter this with the nickname Sephy because I didn't know anyone else whose ever considered that an option, I've always only heard nn Percy to use. I've always loved the idea of the nickname Sephie for it but always felt I couldn't use it because, though Sephy/Sephie's super cute, it still sounds too much like Stephie and I'm not a fan of Stephanie/Stephie which is what I figured people would hear and assume.

Guest Says:


I would consider this name as my DH's ideal name for a daughter. He would glow whenever we discussed this name because he liked its dark meaning, the nickname "Sephy", and its infrequent use as a given name. In 2012, Persephone was chosen for our daughter's name, due to my DH's strong admiration for the name. I was apprehensive with the name when my daughter was young, but I now appreciate everything about the name including the mythological story associated with the name. My daughter was born in Spring, which ties in well with the myth. Also, I recently discovered similarities between the myth and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

baileyann1105 Says:


Percy!!! My fiance and I are huge Greek mythology buffs, and we loved Persephone nicknamed Percy for a little girl

mabespark Says:


This is slowly moving up on my guilty pleasure list. Can anybody think of good nicknames for it?

kendallrhea1 Says:


its a cute name when its said, but written, it looks like purse phone

Rush1986 Says:


hard to pronounce. I love this name but it took me forever to figure out the pronunciation when i was younger.

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Kirppuliisa Says:


Persephone as a name for me sounds totally unthinkable, as the word "perse" in Finnish means "ass" and is very commonly used...