32 Baby Names Inspired by Greek Mythology

From immortals to deities, to titans, and beyond, there are literally hundreds of figures that make up the body of Greek mythology, which are the teachings and myths that belong to the ancient Greeks. Some names are so well-known they’ve become household names, like Zeus, whereas others like Gaia and Astraea may not be as synonymous with Greek mythology, but are just as significant. I’ve rounded up over 30 of the names I thought best suited for our modern times, and compiled a list rich with heritage and meaning. If you love ancient Greek mythology, and Greek literature, then this is the list you should be browsing as you try and decide on the perfect name for your little one.

  • Apollo

    Apollo

    Apollo was the god of light, music, arts, knowledge, healing, prophecy, poetry, athleticism, and enlightenment, among other things, and he was the son of Zeus and Leto. A very famous Olympian was aptly named Apollo; Ono.

  • Ajax

    Ajax

    While not the most common of names, I can see this being the perfect name for a modern hip couple looking for a strong boy’s name. He was a mythological Greek hero and played an important part in Homer’s Iliad.

  • Ares

    Ares

    Ares was the Greek god of war, and son of Zeus and Hera, and Homer portrayed him in his writings as moody and unreliable. Moody or not, the name is strong and vastly rising in popularity in the last 2 years.

  • Astraea

    Astraea

    Daughter of Zeus and Themis, she was the Greek goddess of justice, and was personified with innocence and purity. A pretty name suitable for any sweet baby girl.

  • Athena

    Athena

    The Greek goddess of wisdom, courage, law and justice as well as the arts and crafts. A very well-rounded goddess if you ask me, and quite a beautiful name too.

  • Calliope

    Calliope

    The Greek muse of epic poetry, she is believed to be Homer’s muse and served as the inspiration for the Iliad and the Odyssey. This name has dramatically jumped in popularity in the last 2 years.

  • Cassandra

    Cassandra

    Cassandra was the daughter of the King and Queen of Troy, and her beauty was so great it caused Apollo to grant her the gift of prophecy.

  • Castor

    Castor

    Castor was a hero from Greek mythology and the twin brother of Pollux. It is believed that when he died, his twin Pollux asked Zeus to let them remain together, and they were transformed into the constellation Gemini.

  • Clio

    Clio

    Clio was the Greek muse of history, and was the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne.

  • Damon

    Damon

    The name Damon is from a story in Greek mythology, of Damon and Pythias, and symbolizes trust and loyalty in a friendship. The legend tells the tale of Damon risking life and death to stand in for his friend, and his friend’s vow to not let him down. A remarkable story and a great name to go along with it.

  • Daphne

    Daphne

    Daphne was the daughter of the Greek river god and the name means laurel tree. It has risen in popularity over the last several years, and was ranked #420 in 2012.

  • Dionysius

    Dionysius

    The god of wine, party and festivals, the name doesn’t even show up on US baby name charts for the last 10 years, so it is most definitely a unique one, well-suited for your little night owl party animal.

  • Gaia

    Gaia

    Gaia was one of the Greek primordial deities, and the goddess of Earth, mother creator of all the earth and universe. Quite a name for a little baby to live up to, but I thought it was too pretty and significant not to include.

  • Griffin

    Griffin

    Griffin is actually a form of the word gryphon, which was a powerful mythological Greek creature, combining the power of the lion and the majesty of the eagle. It is one of the most popular names in this whole list, coming in at #200 for the last couple of years.

  • Hector

    Hector

    Hector was a great Greek hero, and most notable for being the greatest fighter for Troy in the Trojan War. He was the first-born son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba, he was truly a prince of royalty.

  • Helen

    Helen

    Helen was daughter of Zeus and Leda, and was considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world, and her abduction by Paris is what brought on the Trojan war.

  • Hera

    Hera

    Queen of the heavens and goddess of marriage, women, and childbirth, among other things, Hera was the wife of Zeus.

  • Hermes

    Hermes

    While Hermes may be synonymous with luxury handbags, Hermes in Greek mythology was the god of travel and trade, and was the son of Zeus and Maia.

  • Iris

    Iris

    In Greek mythology, Iris is the rainbow personified, and messenger of the gods. She is also known as one of the goddesses of the sea and sky.

  • Isis

    Isis

    Isis on the other hand is actually from Egyptian mythology but the name was so beautiful I had to include it. The name literally translates to supreme goddess, and is a name on the rise.

  • Janus

    Janus

    Janus is from Roman religion and myth, and is the god of beginning and transitions. He is often shown to have 2 heads because he looks to the future and in the past.

  • Jason

    Jason

    Jason is considered quite a common American name nowadays, but the name dates back thousands of years. Jason was a great Greek hero, famous for his role as the leader of the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece, which was made up of the gold haired winged ram. He was current in the time of Homer.

  • Medea

    Medea

    Connected to Jason and Golden Fleece, Medea actually helped him and Argonauts capture the fleece, and was later to become Jason’s wife. The name means middle child.

  • Minerva

    Minerva

    Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom, and therefore the name translates to wise.

  • Paris

    Paris

    Paris appears in a number of Greek legends, but is most famous for marrying Helen of Troy, and thus causing the Trojan War. While the name has become more familiar as a girl’s name, in Greek mythology it was pure boy.

  • Penelope

    Penelope

    Penelope was the ever-faithful wife of Odysseus, who stayed true and loyal to him while he was away, therefore her name has traditionally meant to symbolize marriage faithfulness. The name has landed in the top 200 spot for the last several years in a row.

  • Perseus

    Perseus

    Perseus was a demi-god who defeated Medusa and rescued Andromeda from a sea-monster. A brave and courageous whose name would make quite an unusually cool pick.

  • Phoebe

    Phoebe

    As one of the first sets of children of Uranus and Gaia, Phoebe was one of the original titans in Greek mythology, often symbolized with being radiant and bright. The name therefore means shining and brilliant.

  • Rhea

    Rhea

    Rhea was a Greek Titan and mother of the gods including Zeus, she represents fertility and motherhood. The name means rivers.

  • Selene

    Selene

    Selene was the Greek goddess of the moon and was in the top 1000 baby names in the US for the last several years.

  • Troy

    Troy

    Troy is included here because of it being one of the most famous cities in all of Greek mythology, and was the place where the Trojan War took place. It makes for a great strong boy’s name and means water or foot soldier.

  • Zeus

    Zeus

    While it’s highly unlikely that many people would name their child Zeus, this roundup couldn’t be complete without including the king of all the gods in Greek mythology. And it turns out, just over 40 people have named their child Zeus in the last year, here in the US.

So which name makes your list of favorites for baby?

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