Gender: Female Meaning of Persis: "Persian woman" Origin of Persis: Greek

Persis Origin and Meaning

The name Persis is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "Persian woman".

Parents seeking a distinctive New Testament name might consider this one. Adopted by some Puritans in the seventeenth century, Persis was used in the William Dean Howells novel The Rise of Silas Lapham for the wife of the protagonist.

In Romans 16.12 of the New Testament, Persis is a Roman woman who was an early follower of Christ, mentioned by St. Paul in a letter as "beloved" and having "worked hard in the Lord."

Indian actress Persis Khambatta was Lieutenant Ilia in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

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FantasyandPrayer Says:


Love it, its also the name of a (very) minor character in one book of the roman mysteries series, my favourites :) bit of a guilty pleasure, this one

katinka Says:


I really like this. It's simple, unfrilly and unusual while also having history and being relatively intuitive to say and spell. I love the unusual shape of this name for a girl.

RoddyThlayli Says:


This sounds like a boy's name to me. Probably its similarity to Perseus.

headintheclouds Says:


Being a huge fan of the Anne of Green Gables books, I first encountered this name on Persis Ford, a character in the fifth book of the series.

I like the name Persis; it's very unique as far as I know, and has a sense of whimsy and spunk to it. It sounds more androgynous, and since it's not too common of a name, I'd imagine most people wouldn't know whether a Persis would be a boy or girl if they only looked at the name (despite the clarity of its meaning being Persian WOMAN, LOL). Could be good if you're looking for a gender-neutral name.

In my mind, a set of boy-girl twins named Roman and Persis would be cute, with the ancient place name theme going on there.