ANNE HECHE’S ATLAS JOINS THE PANTHEON OF STARBABY GODS & GODDESSES

Yesterday we got the news flash that Anne Heche named her son Atlas and last week we learned that Erykah Badu chose Mars for her baby girl. Do we smell the beginnings of a trendlet?

Yes,  some celebrity parents do seem to be intent on making little gods and goddesses–instant objects of worship– of their infants right from the get-go.  Names that were previously considered too powerful for a baby to bear (after all, Atlas did carry the weight of the heavens on his shoulders, and Mars was the Roman god of war) now seem to have descended from Mt. Olympus into the realm of mortal possibility.

Of course, Atlas and Mars aren’t the first mythic starbabies. Others include:

AURORA —   Nancy McKeon

CALLIOPE —  Patricia Arquette (middle name)

CASTOR —  James Hetfield

GAIA —  Emma Thompson

HERMESKelly Rutherford

ICARUSLucy Sykes (middle name)

JUNO —  Will Champion

LUNA —  Constance Marie

ORION —  Chris Noth

And there are lots of other names of ancient Greek and Roman gods, goddesses and muses that could work for a contemporary American baby, some of which are still commonly used in Greece, such as:

GODDESSES

APHRODITE

ARIADNE

ARTEMIS

ASTRA

ATALANTA

ATHENA

CERELIA

CLIO

DELIA

DEMETER

ELARA

JANA

LYSSA

MAIA

MINERVA

NIKE

PERSEPHONE

SELENE

TERRA

THALASSA

THALIA

THEA

VENUS

GODS

ACHILLES

ADONIS

AEOLUS

AGON

AJAX (beware the foaming cleanser)

APOLLO

AQUILO

ARES

CADMUS

HELIOS

JOVE

JUPITER

MERCURY

POSEIDON

SILVANUS

TRITON

VULCAN

ZEPHYR

ZEUS

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Lola Says:

March 13th, 2009 at 9:03 am

Some of these are most awesome! Being an ordinary human myself, these are fantastic middle name possibilities! Ariadne, Clio (Verity has one!), Thalia & Minerva all float around on my lists for girls. For boys, Apollo, Ares, Vulan (for Spock, not the gods!) and Zephyr all float around for possible use. Sylvanus is cool too! I’ve also got the feminine Apolline somewhere,
I really think these would make really stand apart middles for any kid and with their hisroty and myth, they’ll be standouts forever.

Awesome post, I love Mythological names! Thanks!:D

Abby Says:

March 13th, 2009 at 11:44 am

I love this list! Obviously, I’m partial to Clio.

But I also love Orion. And Atalanta has been a long-time favorite of mine. Except that she’d be called Atlanta – constantly. So I can’t quite see using it.

Lola, I love Apolline in the middle spot for a girl. There’s Zepyhrine, too!

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

March 13th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Lots of great names here, and such a timely post!

I’ve always thought Atlas, sounded “strong”, but with big bro Homer I think it’s pretty over the top. Other longstanding favorites: Thalia, Artemis (and Artemisia), Maia (despite popularity), Jove, and Ajax.

Isabella from Italy Says:

March 14th, 2009 at 3:55 am

I always loved greek mythology so I think Anne&James’ choice is fantastic!
I love strange names 🙂 e.g. I like Clytemnestra but I realize in italian it’s a very hard name to have caused by its sound because it can remind another word with other meaning

Ash SP Says:

March 14th, 2009 at 8:04 am

Hera is on our list of possibilities. It was somewhat revived by Battlestar Galactica.

Atlas « You Can’t Call It “It”! Says:

March 14th, 2009 at 10:00 am

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Much Ado About: Leta « Much Ado About Naming Says:

March 17th, 2009 at 3:02 am

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Baby Name of the Day: Atlas | Appellation Mountain Says:

September 1st, 2011 at 3:03 am

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