Heroic splendour: Girl names from mythology

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Myths are timeless tales guiding us on how to live our lives and mythological characters have inspired parents to name their offspring after them, hoping that they will come to bear their noble qualities. 

In most cases, these are stories that the parents heard when they were young and caught their imagination in some way. Nobility and royalty have drawn from these rich sources for naming future kings and queens. Their universal and eternal quality makes them popular at all times and with every generation.  Here are some names to inspire your baby naming…

Names from mythology for Girls

Name Origin Meaning
Amalthea Ancient Greek foster mother of Zeus, ‘tender goddess’
Andarta Celtic a Gallic warrior goddess
Andromeda Greek mythical princess rescued by Perseus
Aphrodite Ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty
Astarte Egyptian god of the love, fertility and war
Atalanta Greek a mythological fast-footed maiden
Athena Ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, war and guardian of Athens
Aurora Roman goddess of dawn
Aveta Celtic goddess of female fertility and all fresh water
Bellona Roman war goddess
Branwen Welsh sister of King Bran and wife of Matholwch
Brighid Irish goddess of fire, poetry and wisdom
Brigit Celtic goddess of strength
Brunhild Norse queen of the Valkyries
Brunhilde Germanic the queen of Iceland, wife of Gunther
Calypso Greek a nymph in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’
Carmenta Roman goddess of childbirth and prophecy
Cassandra Greek a prophetess
Ceres Roman goddess of the harvest
Chloe Greek an epithet for the goddess Demeter
Chloris Greek goddess of vegetation
Circe Greek a legendary sorceress
Concordia Roman goddess of harmony and peace
Coventina Celtic goddess of wells and springs
Cynthia Greek an epithet of the moon goddess
Dalia Lithuanian goddess of weaving, fate and childbirth
Damara Celtic fertility goddess
Daphne Greek a nymph who became a laurel tree
Demeter Ancient Greek goddess of harvest and grain
Diana Roman Goddess of the hunt, the moon and virginity
Dido Roman mythical queen of Carthage
Eirene Greek goddess of peace
Elissa Roman another name for Dido, queen of Carthage
Flora Roman goddess of flowers
Fortuna Roman goddess of fortune
Freyja Norse goddess of fertility
Gaia Ancient Greek earth and fertility goddess
Harmonia Greek daughter of Ares and Aphrodite
Hebe Ancient Greek goddess of youth
Helen Greek of Troy, daughter of Zeus and Leda
Hespera Roman goddess of dusk
Hestia Ancient Greek goddess of the hearth
Iris Greek goddess of the rainbow
Ishtar Mesopotamian goddess of love
Isis Egyptian goddess of the sky and nature
Juno Roman queen of the gods, goddess of matrimony
Kallisto Greek a nymph loved by Zeus
Kleio Greek goddess of history and heroic poetry
Lorelei Germanic a legendary enchantress
Melissa Greek a nymph who looked after Zeus
Minerva Roman goddess of war and wisdom
Morrigan Celtic war goddess
Niamh irish daughter of the sea god
Nike Greek goddess of victory
Penelope Greek loyal wife of legendary hero Odysseus
Phoebe Greek one of the Titans, associated with the moon
Phoenix Egyptian a beautiful immortal bird, reborn every 500 years
Polymnia Greek goddess of dance and sacredness
Pomona Roman goddess of fruit trees
Rhea Greek a Titan, mother of Zeus
Rhiannnon Celtic goddess of the moon
Selene Ancient Greek goddess of the moon
Sif Norse wife of the god Thor
Tamesis Celtic goddess of water
Terra Roman goddess of the earth and land
Thalia Greek one of the nine muses, muse for comedy
Themis Greek a Titan who presided over divine law
Venus Roman goddess of love and beauty
Vesta Roman goddess of the hearth
Victoria Roman goddess of victory

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