Names of Females in Greek Mythology, E - I

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Greek mythology has served as inspiration for many popular baby names, in the modern era. Names such as Hermione and Iris have enjoyed revivals of late due to some pop culture references. But parents have long found ancient Greek names appealing options for baby girls favorites, partly because of their beautiful, feminine sound, and because of their interesting backstories. Here are the myths and meanings behind some possible names for your baby girl. 

Greek Names Beginning With E

Echo: E-ko. “echo”. A mountain nymph punished by Hera so that she could only repeat the words of others.

Eirene: IE-reen. “peace”. Goddess of peace and the season of spring.

Elpis: EL-pees “hope.” Personification of hope. The last spirit left in Pandora’s box.

Eos: EE-aws “dawn.” Goddess of the dawn.

Erato: ER-ə-ˌtō “lovely”. One of the nine muses. Muse of poetry.

Eudora: yoo-DAWR-ə “good gift.” The name of one of the Hyades, a nymph. 

Europa: Eu-roh-pea "Wide face." A Phoenician woman who was kidnapped by Zeus when he took the form of a bull. The continent Europe was named after her.

Eurydice: yoo-RID-i-see "wide justice." The wife of Orpheus, Eurydice was an oak nymph and daughter of Apollo. Orpheus tried to bring her back from the dead by tricking Hades with his enchanting music.

Euterpe: yoo-TER-pee "rejoicing well." The Muse of music and lyrical poetry.

Girl Greek Mythology Names G

Gaia: GAY-ə "earth." The mother goddess of earth.

Greek Names Beginning With H

Harmonia: har-MOH-nee-ah "harmony, agreement." She was the daughter of Ares and Aphrodite and the wife of Cadmus. 

Hebe: HEE-bee "youth." The daughter of Zeus and Hera and the goddess of youth who was the cupbearer to the gods, serving them nectar and ambrosia. This lesser-known character from Greek myth apparently had the power to grant eternal youth via her cups.

Hecate (or Hekate): HEK-ə-tee "far off." Goddess connected to witchcraft and the underworld, associated with the moon, crossroads, dogs, and sorcery. She was the main deity among residents of Athens, who viewed her as a protector who granted blessings and prosperity to families. 

Helen: Hers was the face that launched a thousand ships: the beautiful Helen of Troy, whose kidnapping led to the Trojan War. Daughter of Zeus and Leda, and sister of Castor, Pollux, and Clytemnestra, Helen (sometimes spelled "Helene") was the wife of the Spartan King Menelaus before being whisked away by Paris of Troy (some accounts say she was in love with Paris, others say she was taken against her will). Although it peaked in popularity in the early part of the 20th century, Helen continues to be a name that implies "great beauty." 

Hemera: HEM-ur-uh "day or daylight." Primordial goddess of the daytime, whose parents were Erebus, god of darkness and Nyx, goddess of night. 

Hera: HAIR-ah Queen of the gods. Both sister and wife of Zeus. She was associated with marriage and childbirth.

Hermione: hər-MIE-ə-nee. The daughter of Menelaus and Helen. This name is likely to spike up the popularity charts when fans of the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling start having daughters: The books featured plucky Muggle heroine, Hermione Granger.

Hestia: HES-tee-uh "hearth, fireside." The goddess of the hearth and domesticity.

I Names of Greek Mythology

Ianthe: "violet flower." The name of an ocean nymph.

Io: EE-oh A princess who was loved by Zeus. He changed her into a cow in order to keep her hidden from Hera, his wife. She lends her name to one of the moons orbiting Jupiter (Zeus' Roman counterpart). 

Ione: ie-O-nee "violet flower." The sea nymph.

Iphigeneia: if-uh-juh-NY-uh "strong, born to strength." Daughter of Agamemnon's and Clytemnestra, she was offered as a sacrifice to Artemis, who ultimately rescued her.

Iris: IE-ris "rainbow." A messenger of the gods, and a goddess of the sky and the sea, Iris could travel with the speed of the wind from one end of the world to the other, and into the underworld. 

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