What’s Your Favorite Mythological Name?

Mythological names from a range of cultures are one of the hottest and most surprising baby name trends of recent years.

From Freya (that’s her in the picture) to Finn, Juno to Orion, ancient god and goddess names have begun populating modern nurseries and playgrounds.

What do you think of this style in general?  Do the personas and powers of the mythological figure factor into your liking of the names?  And what’s your favorite mythological name or names?

To jog your memory, here are our lists of Mythological Baby Names for Girls and  Mythological Names for Boys, along with a separate somewhat different list of Goddess Baby Names.

Which do you like the best?

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JossieChris Says:

May 20th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Andromeda is one of my favorites from the classic Clash of the Titans movie. Phoebe and Persephone are guilty pleasures as well.

athena95 Says:

May 20th, 2014 at 11:28 pm

I absolutely adore Athena and would name my daughter that in a heartbeat. Persephone is a guilty pleasure of mine as well as Xanthe and Cybele though I prefer the spelling Sybil. And Thisbe is just so darn adorable!

For boys it is a bit more challenging. I love Evander, Finn and Atlas.

cbrewer2210 Says:

May 20th, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Definitely Persephone! But also Pollux, Iphigenia, Helen, Caecilia, Phoebe, Echo, Hermione (originated in mythology, not Harry Potter 😉 ), Atticus, Trajon, and Priya

NaomiNY Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 12:09 am

For girls I like Ariadne, Aurora, Cassandra (spelled Kasandra), Cerelia, Ceres, Freya, Grainne, Halcyon, Ianthe, Iris, Isolde, Jana, Kora (spelled Korra), Lyssa, Maeve, Maia, Nessa, Niamh, Pallas, Pandora, Penelope, Signy, Tara, Thalassa, Xanthe, and Ziva.

For boys I like Arthur, Bran, Castor, Conall, Conor (spelled Connor), Damon, Dylan, Evander, Fintan, Helios, Icarus, Jason, Odin, Oisin, and Zephyr.

iolite Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 12:44 am

I love Freya because it is my sister’s name, and I have always loved Artemis and Athena, but I feel like they’re too much to saddle on a person.

jessiemay Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 1:06 am

I love Juno, Clio, Artemis and Phoebe for girls, and Orion for a boy 🙂

ella17 Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 1:09 am

LOVE Freya and Phoebe. It was between those two names for my daughter. (I would not use Freya for another daughter though-too similar to Phoebe).

Elina Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 2:20 am

I love Ariadne, Artemis, Aurora, Hermione, Iris, Isolde, Kali, Luna and Xanthe for girls. For boys I love Arthur, Orion and Oscar.

Nooshi Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 2:36 am

I LOVE Artemis and have planned on naming my first female child that since I was about 6 years old .Yes, I was the weird kid that went around hefting old heavy mythology books, Shakespeare (6 year old me quoting Hamlet, with not that much idea of what it actually meant. To be or not to be, that is the question *thinking: what question?*), dictionaries, thesauruses, etc. when everyone else was playing and going swimming or to the movies. Needless to say, it didn’t make me popular :). I kind of just wanted to be Matilda, from Roald Dahl’s book. In my perfect world, she was my sister, and we were best of friends.

Oh right, back on topic: I also love Hestia (I love Esther and Hester, too. Hestia always seemed like the sweetest goddess out of all of them.), Persephone, Pomona, Demeter, Thetis, Amphitrite, Iris, Isis, Calliope, Circe, Calypso, Andromeda, Athena, Pallas, Ambrosia, Callisto, Hesperide, Naiad, Medea, Ariadne, Aurora,Ceres, Elysium, Minerva, Juno, Daphnis, Luna, Hermione, Cleodora and feminine variations of the male names, like Apolline and Zephyrine.

Boys: Apollo, Zephyr, Poseidon, Atlas, Amphion, Romulus, Remus, Balios, Camillus, Helios, Hesperus, Jupiter, Krodo and Theseus.

TheFutureMrsB Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 4:16 am

For boys I have a wide variety of mythological names: Orion, Ares, Atlas, Gareth, Arthur, Caradoc, Galahad, Askr, Mordred, Deimos (if it had a better meaning), Leander, Seth, Puck, and Romulus and Remus.
With girls the list shrinks some. Angharad (if only it wouldn’t be misprounced so much), Calypso, Eir, Hyacinth (even thought in the myth Hyacinth is a man), Maia, and Lilith.

Myosotis Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 4:38 am

Pandora, Evanthe and Phoenix (boy) are all names I fully intend on using. Also in my top 7, I’ve got Phaedra, Morgana, Artemus (male variant of Artemis), and Evander, as firsts. And I’ve got Remus, Arthur, Hermione, Lilith, Clio, Enid, and Emrys as middles for my favourites. I’m a complete sucker for mythological names, though I do seem to (unintentionally) get drawn to the unfortunate or tragic ones.

Others on my list/I’m considering are:
Girls: Astrid, Cassandra, Acantha, Andromeda, Ariadne, Aurora, Cybele, Ianthe, Iris, Isolde, Jana, Leda, Luna, Rhea, Xanthe, Alcyone (from Halcyon), Themis, Aura, Eudora, Hemera, Aether, Hestia, Nyx, Hera, (Graces) Thalia (also a Muse), Eurynome, Aglaea, (Muses), Calliope, Euterpe, Erato, Clio, Urania. And some mayor GPs, Mnemosyne, Medea, and Arachne.

Boys: Hylas, Idas, Laertes, Melas, Daedalus, Icarus, Aries, Apollo, Arthur, Finn, Perseus, Orion, Zephyr, Cadmus, Mordred, and Leander.

As usual my girls list is a lot longer than my boys.

NellieDellie Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 5:20 am

I love Guinevere, Phaedra, Athena and Apolline (not quite a mythology name but a variant) but I don’t really like any for boys

LunaCross Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 7:08 am

for boys, Arthur, and Apollo. Aries could work, I guess. I also like Finn, which could work for Finnick. Jason is aso cool, and so is Percy. For girls, Athena and Juno. I also love Guinevere.

Illabeth Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 7:25 am

For girls, Persephone is my absolute favourite name, ever. Other mythology names I like are Ariadne, Artemis and Morgana.

For boys I love Atlas, Emrys, Jasper and Arthur.

chellemma1 Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 8:38 am

I love mythology names.
The ones I’d use are Jason, Cassandra, Iris and Phoebe.
The others I like are a bit too out there for me to use but my favourites are Ariadne, Persephone, Calliope, Alcyone, Apollo and Thor.
I also want a Scottish Deer Hound called Hercules!

jtucker Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 8:51 am

For the boys I like Arthur and Orion, but we won’t be using either.

For the girls I like Isolde, Daphne and Iris. We won’t be using Isolde, but I guess Daphne and Iris are possibilities.

maggiefromcanada Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 9:32 am

Minerva, Cassandra, Hermione, Ariadne, and Artemis for girls, Hector and Tristan for boys.

Zoey_Walker53 Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 9:44 am

Girls:
Cerelia, Juno, Persephone nn Persie, Cassiopeia nn Cassie, Freya, Echo, Hero, Hermione, Iris, Isis, Lilith, Luna, Maeve, Penelope, Venus, Cora, Eudora, Hestia, Kali, Selena.

Boys:
Arthur, Atlas, Finn, Jasper, Neptune, Perseus nn Percy, Percival nn Percy, Zephyr.

Knelli Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 10:48 am

For the girls I like:

Maia, Phaedra, and Phoebe

For boys:

Castor, Damon, Fintan, Evander

Knelli Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 10:49 am

For the girls I like:

Maia, Phaedra, and Phoebe

For boys:

Castor, Damon, Fintan, Evander

indiefendi Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 10:54 am

Hero and Athena are my main faves

And Dionne because it’s my middle name!

HayThereJana Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 12:33 pm

My Top 5

1 – Aphrodite (my guilty pleasure name!); 2 – Persephone; 3 – Brighid; 4 – Andromeda; 5 – Minerva

1 – Pollux; 2 – Hermes; 3 – Orion; 4 – Sirius; 5 – Phobos

miloowen Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 12:50 pm

The only names I’d actually use would be Arthur, Geraint (Gawain), Silvio, Jasper, Hector, Emrys, Pack (Scots for Puck), and Jacint (Hyacinth).

For girls, Ariadne, Athena, Brigid, Clio, Angharad, Rhiannon, Olwen, Enid, Iseult, Irina, Thalia.

ruolan Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I like them all for their sound, look or meaning, I didn’t know most of them had mythological connections:

Parvati, Persephone or just Perseph, Irene, Freya, Oceanus and Evander

Chrisco Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 1:21 pm

I love the names Theia {or better yet Thea}, Scheherazade, Thisbe, Agamemnon, Cian, and Hector {Italian Ettore = Perfection}. Most are unusable to me, with the exception of Thea; in addition to there being a saint of the name, it isn’t quite as harsh as and also fits with my current faves better than the other names : )

kitchi1 Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Persephone. Definitely Persephone. If only people could pronounce it correctly!

cookiesnatcher Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I have so many of these… mythological names are my guilty pleasure.
For girls, I love Andromeda, Athena, Delphi, Eris, Freya, Helen, Hermione (it makes me so sad that most people associate this with Harry Potter instead of the daughter of Helen of Troy,) Iris, Niamh, Penelope, Persephone, Thalia, and Thisbe.
For boys, there’s Atlas, Hector, Paris, and Theseus.
I would actually use all of these, though mostly as middle names. The ones I would use as firsts are Athena, Eris, Freya, Helen, Iris, Penelope, Persephone, and Hector. I wish I could use Paris as a first name, but I’m afraid it’s considered too “girly” now.

lyndsiek2009 Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 2:10 pm

My fiance and I are both mythology lovers, so we incorporated that into our daughter’s name (Her middle name is Athena). If she was a boy, we were leaning towards the name Odin. We have been debating about having another one and if we do, we like either Demeter, Persephone, or Artemis.

spinfairy Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Well I have three dds two of which have mythology names – Halcyon and Ariadne. We also toyed with Athena, Artemis, Xanthe and Persephone. For boys we liked Hector and I loved Perseus (nickname Percy) but felt that was a whole lot of name for a small boy to wear! We did end up using Arthur as a middle, but that was for family reasons – I had forgotten about the mythology side of that name!

charlotteblu Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 3:39 pm

For girls, my current favorite is Ceridwen. I’m also really fond of Halcyon, Hermione, Maeve, Ianthe (also Iolanthe), Aine, Niamh, Thalia, Eudora, Idony, Pallas, Parvati, Oba, Pomona, Rhiannon, Seren/Sirona, Tacita, Eris, Polyhymnia, and Yara.

For boys, I don’t have a favorite, but I like Odin, Auster, Cadmus, Helios, Janus, Leander, Oisin, Osiris, Pan, Percival, Poseidon, Cian, Diarmaid (I prefer the Diarmuid spelling), Icarus, Hephaestus, Hyperion, Astraeus, and Jove.

Some of these have bad conotations, but I’m not considering having any kids anyway so. . .

HarderToBreathe Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I love myth names! Some of my favorites include: Selene, Thalia, Phoebe, Cleo, Ariadne, Sibyl, Althea, Chloe & Orion, Perseus, Jason. Some of my GPs are: Briseis, Cassiopeia, Hermione, Luna, Persephone, Thisbe, & Phoebus, Ulysess. Those are the major ones I can think of, but I love tons more.

megzrulz57 Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Boys: Apollo, Aries, Conor, Damon, Dylan, Evander, Finn, Jasper, Perseus, Tristan, and Zeus

Girls: Aphrodite, Artemis, Cleo, Delia, Diana, Hermione, Irene, Iris, Isis, Juno, Kora, Luna, Lyssa, Persephone, Phaedra, and Tara

loverofnames86 Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Calliope, then Pandora (even though it doesn’t have the best connotation).

loverofnames86 Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Calliope, then Pandora (even though it doesn’t have the best connotation).

AprilRobin Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Girls: Cassiopeia, Persephone, Iris, Isis, Hestia, Venus, Aphrodite, Artemis, Athena, Andromeda, Pandora, and Hera

Boys: Apollo, Thor, Loki, Zeus, Hermes, Perseus, and Jason

daninurse Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 6:05 pm

I love mythological type names and the feelings they evoke!

My girl faves are: Athena, Isis, Guinevere and my fave Gwendolen.
Boys: Tristan and Evander

daninurse Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 6:05 pm

I love mythological type names and the feelings they evoke!

My girl faves are: Athena, Isis, Guinevere and my fave Gwendolen.
Boys: Tristan and Evander

DoctorWho Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I love Finn, Arthur, Emrys (as a middle), Tristan, Jasper, Thea and Freya 🙂

CynthiaJane Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 6:18 pm

My favorites are Neith, Bastet, Isis and Osiris – the supreme Egyption goddesses and god. From Greek mythology I love Thea, Artemis and her twin, Apollo.

lululemonmee Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 6:37 pm

I have a lot of favorites.

Aine
Andromeda
Ariadne
Artemis
Astrid
Athena
Aurora
Callisto
Ceridwen
Circe
Cora
Daphne
Echo
Freya
Iris
Juno
Luna
Maeve
Niamh
Penelope
Persephone
Phoebe
Rhea
Sabrina
Thalia
Thisbe
Xanthe

Apollo
Arthur
Atlas
Damon
Dylan
Evander
Finn
Hector
Jasper
Odin
Orion
Zephyr

MaryKathryn Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 7:38 pm

I wish I could trademark Calliope, therefore no one else could use! It’s my all time favorite girl name. I love it for its uniqueness and its history.

arunciblespoon Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Freya, Juno, Phoebe, Thisbe, Iris and Hermione, Arthur, Loki have long been loves of mine.

mabespark Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Calliope, Athena, Thalia, and Maeve are all beautiful. Persephone, Pandora, Isis, and Artemis are GPs.

ferntailwp Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 10:11 pm

To preface, I’m a girl named Eros, and I love it! I don’t find that it’s hard to be saddled with, since it’s not a super popular god, and though there are a number of people who can’t pronounce it or spell it, it doesn’t so much bother me. It was really cool when I was little cos I could go and do research about where my name came from, and I had family friends who went to greece and brought me back a book in greek and english about Eros.

So, I like mythological names because I love that they come with a story. I think it’s important that it’s not a god that everyone on the face of the earth knows, though, or else that’s all anyone’s going to think of when they hear the name. I’m not sure I’d ever use them on my own kids, but who knows, maybe one day.

echojuliet Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 11:35 pm

I’m absolutely in love with the name Persephone! I hope to have a daughter named that one day. (I also love the idea of the nn “Persie” for her.) I actually knew an Athena in high school (her whole family was Greek!) and it fit her perfectly. But I think there are tons of mythology names that would be great for children!

Alyssalorraine Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Girls: Athena, Iris, Juno, Aurora, Luna, Thalia, Camilla, Rhiannon, Selena, Chloe, Maya, Nala, Freya, Venus, Victoria.
Boys: Apollo, Orion, Phoenix, Percy, Jasper, Alexander, Aries, Gunnar, Osiris, Pax.

Vannalee Says:

May 22nd, 2014 at 6:14 am

As a native Greek, I cannot help but love mythological names (plus they’re kinda more usable here so yay!). Faves include Athena, Clio, Cybele, Freya, Persephone, Phaedra, Niobe, and Thisbe for girls and Atlas, Evander, Jove, Leander, Mercury, Perseus, and Orion for boys.

Also, Apollo and Artemis would make a nice boy/girl twinset, I think.

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

May 22nd, 2014 at 10:18 am

I think the only mythological names I like are the ones that have transitioned over into more common names. Chloe (though it’s become too trendy), Selena, Cassandra, Penelope, Iris, Daphne, Lilith, Aurora, Luna, Phoebe, Maia, Sabrina, Rhiannon (currently a top favorite), and Diana (which only became a name I liked after I watched The Secret Circle). Names like Cynthia, Echo, Irene (my name) and Juno are the on the fence names for me.

There are less boy names that I like on these lists. Damon, Tristan (a huge favorite!), Finn (and any name that gets me to that nickname), Jasper (I’d never use it cause we have a dog named Casper), and Oscar. I like Zeus but only for a dog, I would never use it for a child.

eperdument Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Althea, not a goddess
Amalthea
Brunhilde, valkerie

rainierloner Says:

June 3rd, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Phoebe is a gorgeous mythological name, along with Persephone, Helen, Tristan, Perseus, Jason, Aurora, and Athena. 🙂

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