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God Names from Myth and Legend

  1. BacchusHeart
    • Origin:

      Roman mythology name
    • Description:

      Only if you're hoping for your son to become a wine-besotted poet. To the ancient Romans, Bacchus was the god of agriculture, wine and fertility.
  2. MidasHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek, meaning unknown
    • Description:

      The story of King Midas's Midas touch is a common cautionary tale, as he wished for everything he touched to turn to gold, only to regret it later. The associations with greed likely turn parents off of the name, but it combines two popular trends of mythological names and names that mean wealth. The nickname Mighty is a bonus.
  3. AusterHeart
    • Origin:

      German surname
    • Meaning:

      "oyster"
    • Description:

      Fans of writer Paul Auster might consider this a worthy alternative to the trendy Austin.
  4. DagurHeart
    • Origin:

      Norse mythological name
    • Meaning:

      "day"
    • Description:

      Dagur, one of the top boys' names in Iceland, is the personification of day. His mother is Nott, or night, and together they are thought to ride in a chariot around the earth every 24 hours.
  5. AmphionHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek mythology name
    • Description:

      Son of Zeus known for musical abilities, an edgy choice for music-minded families.
  6. ShangoHeart
    • Origin:

      African, Yoruba, mythology name
    • Description:

      More substantial than it sounds: Shango was the god of thunder and legendary ancestor of the Yoruba people of Nigeria.
  7. AlvisHeart
    • Origin:

      Norse mythology name
    • Description:

      Alvis, sometimes spelled Alviss, is a dwarf in Norse mythology who claims to know everything and names all the features of the natural world to show off to Thor, whose daughter Alvis wants to marry. But he gets so caught up in showing off his knowledge that the sun comes up and turns him to stone.
  8. TaranisHeart
    • Origin:

      Celtic
    • Meaning:

      "thunder"
    • Description:

      Taranis was the Celtic god of thunder, the equivalent of the Norse god Thor. With Thor along with a legion of mythological choices back in use as baby names, Taranis just may have a chance to rise from the recesses of history to make the modern baby name rosters.
  9. AhtiHeart
    • Origin:

      Finnish, unknown meaning
    • Description:

      In Finnish mythology, Ahti (also known as Ahto) was the sea god.
  10. KiwaHeart
    • Origin:

      Maori
    • Meaning:

      "Pacific ocean"
    • Description:

      Kiwa, one of the most popular Maori names for boys in New Zealand, is the name of several ocean guardians in Maori mythology. It's part of a poetic name for the Pacific ocean.
  11. NarfiHeart
    • Origin:

      Norse Mythology
    • Description:

      The name of two figures in Norse mythology: one the father of Nótt, the personification of the night; the other a son of Loki and Sigyn, who is transformed into a wolf (or killed by one, depending on your source). The name may mean "narrow", or possibly "demon of the dead".
  12. PyramusHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek mythological name
    • Description:

      Though the name of his great tragic love Thisbe remains in modern use, that of her paramour Pyramus, a young Babylonian, has all but disappeared.
  13. QuirinusHeart
    • Origin:

      Roman mythology name
    • Description:

      Quirinus is the Roman god of thunder and lightning, believed by some to be the Sabine god of war. While this is an intriguing and distinctive classic name, it also might provoke some middle school teasing.
  14. CadorHeart
    • Origin:

      Cornish mythological name
    • Description:

      Cador is said to be one of the ancient rulers of Cornwall who, according to Arthurian legend, was the guardian of Guinevere. The name Cadbury is said to come from his four hill-forts.
  15. PartheniosHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek mythology name
    • Description:

      Parthenios, the name of a Greek river god, is draped in a toga.
  16. FeargusHeart
    • GbengaHeart
      • Origin:

        Yoruba
      • Meaning:

        "lift up, elevate"
      • Description:

        Occasionally found in the Anglicized Benga spelling, this strong Yoruba name is a popular choice in Nigeria. American actor Gbenga Akinnagbe was born Olugbenga, which is a longer form of the name, meaning "God lifted me".
    • OlimpioHeart
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "pertaining to the Mount Olympus of Greek mythology"
      • Description:

        One way to reference mythology without naming your son after a god.
    • QuirinalHeart
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "of Quirinus"
      • Description:

        The Quirinal Hill is one of the Seven Hills of Rome, and the site of the official residence of the Italian head of state, who lives in the Quirinal Palace. It was named for the Roman god Quirinus, whose name means "spear".
    • RangiHeart
      • Origin:

        Maori
      • Meaning:

        "sky"
      • Description:

        In Maori and other Polynesian mythology Rangi or Ranginui was a god of the sky, husband of the earth goddess Papa. This strong and simple Māori name would make for a fresh celestial choice.