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Gender: Male Origin of Perseus: Greek mythology name

The name Perseus is a boy's name of Greek origin. Perseus and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Perseus is a godly Greek hero (he was a son of Zeus) whose ancient name just might have modern possibilities along with other so-old-they're-new-again names such as Atticus and Orion.

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Famous People Named Perseus

Perseus of Macedon, last king of the Antigonid dynasty

Pop Culture References for the name Perseus

Perseus, Greek mythological hero; son of Zeus and slayer of Medusa. Favourite of Athena. Half-brother and great-grandfather of Heracles
Perseus, son of Nestor and Eurydice (or Anaxibia) who appears in Homer's The Odyssey
Perseus "Percy" Jackson, main character in Percy Jackson and The Olympians series, and a main character in The Heroes of Olympus series, both by Rick Riordan


Ruanne Says:


Better than Percival!

Josie1497 Says:


This name is completely usable to me. Considering how much most teens love the Percy Jackson series, I think the association is a positive. Plus it is just a great name with a wonderful nickname.

JustineAndNames Says:


I love this name because of Percy Jackson, which is the exact reason I'm not sure I could use it! I'm not sure my son or future husband would appreciate the association

paulapuddephatt Says:


I'm loving this name, and adore Percy as a nickname. I do also love Percival.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Although both Percival and Perseus have pretty positive connotations (The Knight of the Round Table and the Greek hero), I prefer Perseus. I don't mind the nickname Percy, but I really don't like Perse (Perce?).

Essa Says:


I was considering Percival (nn Percy) now I'm considering Perseus (nn Percy), it sounds so much stronger and masculine.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


No, Percy's mother new that demigods had short lives and dreadful endings. The Ancient Greek Perseus was the exception, since he went on to marry and become king and live a long life. She named her baby Perseus as a hope that her son wouldn't have a sad ending like most demigods. It was a beg for luck.

madehatter Says:


The big three Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon made a covenant to no longer have any half blood children because they were too strong. Percy's mother knew Zeus would be angry with Poseidon and take out that anger on Percy, so she named him Perseus, after Zeus' son, hoping to appease him.

Hydra Says:


I'm a little confused; If Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon, why does he have the name of one of Zeus' sons?