Best 50+ Greek Mythology Baby Names
Abraxas is a mystical word composed of Greek letters. It was believed to have magical powers and was often inscribed on amulets and charms.
Around the second century AD, early Gnostics (ancient Greek religious thinkers) used the word to describe their god. Abraxas is described as a talisman with a cock’s head, but a man’s body . The name has often been used in pop culture. One example is in the book and movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Achilles means “thin-lipped” and was the name of one of the most famous Greek heroes. He was known as a warrior with incredible strength and remarkable bravery.
Despite all his power, he did have a vulnerable spot dubbed the “Achilles heel,” which is an expression widely used to this day.
Adonis translates to “lord” in Greek. Derived from a Greek mythology figure, Adonis is a name often related to masculine beauty.
Since the early 2000s, Adonis’s popularity has grown immensely. Today, it’s ranked as number 366 of baby boy names in the U.S.
Ajax is another Greek hero, known for being featured in Homer’s Iliad. He was formerly known as Ajax the Great.
Despite Ajax being a mighty name with a strong meaning, it’s also the title of a cleanser. So, if the reference is too strong, you can use Jax instead.
Apollo was the name of the son of Zeus and Leto and twin brother of Artemis. He was the god of music, the sun, medicine, and poetry, amongst others.
In the U.S., Apollo is well known. It’s the name of a NASA space program between 1961 and 1972 that put the first humans on the moon. The name has also been featured in movies, thanks to the character of Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise.
In Greek mythology, Argo was the name of the ship that Jason sailed on his search for the Golden Fleece. It’s also the title of a constellation located between Canis Major and Crux.
Many will know the name from the 2012 movie Argo, starring and directed by Ben Affleck.
Ares was an ancient Greek god of war and one of the 12 Olympians — he was the son of Zeus and Hera.
Ares is on the list of popular baby names this decade, where currently, it’s the 563rd most used name.
Atlas is a mythological Greek titan, who was responsible for holding up the heavens for eternity.
Atlas has always been off the charts when it comes to baby names — until 2015, when it skyrocketed in popularity. Actress Anne Heche helped put this name back on our lists after she named her baby Atlas in 2009.
Cadmus translates to “one who excels” in Greek. Cadmus is another mythical hero, known for slaying serpents. He’s the son of King Agenor and the founder of Thebes.
Cadmus has a specific sound to it — it’s quite magical, which is probably why J.K. Rowling used it in Harry Potter.
Castor means “pious one” in Greek and defines one of the twins making up the Gemini constellation.
It’s a mythological name with some cutting-edge potential — James Hetfield from Metallica gave the name to his son born in 2000.
Cronus was the name of the youngest son of Gaea and Uranus — he was a leader of the first generation of Titans.
For a short period, Cronus became the ruler of gods and men after he overthrew his father. This came to an end once Zeus came of age and locked him away. Cronus is a rare name, which some might associate with rebellious behavior.
Damon is a mythological Greek legend, known for his willingness to sacrifice himself for his friend. Damon stands for loyalty and unselfishness.
It’s a name that comes with responsibility, which may encourage your child later on to be their best self. You may recognize the duo Damon and Pythias — if not, Matt Damon and former F1 world champion Damon Hill are other famous bearers of the name.
Dionysius is the name of the Greek god of the grape harvest, wine and winemaking, fertility, theatre, religious ecstasy, and ritual madness. He represents freedom as he encourages his followers to dance free of self-conscious care and fear.
Dionysius isn’t a widely used name — it’s unique. However, if you want an alternative, the Roman equivalent is Bacchus, which resembles Marcus in some ways.
Endymion was a handsome figure from Greek mythology. He dwelled in the Elis region, where he was believed to be king. Endymion got his beauty from his father, Zeus.
Selene, a Titan goddess of the moon, fell in love with Endymion and requested that Zeus granted his son eternal youth. Based on its meaning, Endymion is associated with beauty and love. It’s perhaps too much for a first name but would make an unusual middle name.
Eros translates to “desire” in ancient Greek. It’s the name of the winged Greek god of sexual love.
It’s perhaps not a favored name in the U.S., but in Italy, it’s in the top 200.
In Greek mythology, Eryx was the name of Poseidon and Aphrodite’s son, who was a king in Sicily. Eryx was known for being an excellent boxer, who, eventually, was defeated by none other than Hercules.
Eryx is a name on our watchlist. At the moment, it isn’t viral, but we see it as a possible replacement for Eric.
Evander was a migrant from Pallantium, Arcadia, who settled down in Italy, where he founded the town Pallention. Evander is also the son of goddess Carmentis and god Hermes.
We like how Evander sounds — it puts a spin on the usual Evan. In ancient Norse, it translates to “bow warrior” or “strong man.” The most famous Evander is the former U.S. boxing champion, Evander Holyfield.
In mythology, a griffin was a mythical creature with an eagle’s head and wings and a lion’s body and tail. Griffins were the only creature worthy enough to pull Apollo’s carriage across the sky.
Griffin isn’t particularly unusual, and is the family name in the animated TV series “Family Guy.” It’s gained in popularity as a first name since the turn of the century.
Hades was the king of the dead and brother to Zeus and Poseidon. In Greek, Hades means “unseen,” and he wasn’t exactly known for being a fun guy.
Hades also isn’t a great first name for a baby — if you like it, perhaps it’s better as a middle or surname.
Hector means “holding fast” in Greek. It was the name of a hero who fought during the Trojan War and is on the rise among parents who want a hero name for their little one.
Hector is also widely used in movies, books, and television shows. The popular U.S. show, Longmire, featured a prominent character named Hector.
Helios is the famous Greek Titan god of the sun. He’s thought to ride his golden chariot across the skies, towing the sun from the east to the west. He does this every morning and then from west to east at night, representing the rising and setting of the sun.
Helios isn’t a popular baby name in the U.S., but we like how it sounds. And, who doesn’t want to relate to the god of the sun? You can also spell it Helius.
Herakles (also spelled Heracles) was one of the most celebrated heroes in Greek mythology. If you have no clue who Herakles was, you may know him by his Roman name, Hercules.
He was famed for his incredible strength and endurance, which later earned him his immortal place in Olympus. The character of Hercules has been the star of movies and television shows.
Hermes was “the messenger god.”
When picturing Hermes, some of us see the blue figure with wings on his shoes — others imagine the high-end clothing brand.
Homer was born between the 12th and 8th century BC, near the coast of Asia Minor. He is a famed poet, and two of his greatest works are the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Although he isn’t a mythological character, we couldn’t make this list without mentioning him since his work has had a significant effect on Western culture. If you name your child Homer, though, be prepared for some jokes from the animated television series, The Simpsons.
Icarus got wax wings to escape the island of Crete, but he flew too close to the sun, and they melted.
It’s a known name, although not popular, probably due to his reputation and potential “icky” nickname.
We snuck this Roman god in because we like the name, and there’s no real Greek equivalent. Janus translates to “gateway.” It’s the name of an ancient Roman god and represents transitions, hence its link to January — a time for new beginnings.
When looking at Janus, he’s often depicted with two faces, gazing in opposite directions.
Jason means “to heal” in Greek. This has been a popular name for decades — it peaked during the ‘70s where it scored third place. In mythology, Jason was the leader of the Argonauts when they went to search for the Golden Fleece.
It’s also a name we recognize from the Bible, where he was hospitable to St. Paul. It was an often-used name in old-day Greece. There are also several famous Jasons today, like Jason Segel, Jason Momoa, and Jason Bateman.
Leander is a name used to define “lion-man” in ancient Greek. Leander was a Greek legend — he was powerful and famous for swimming across the Hellespont each night.
This is a somewhat scarce name in the U.S., but it isn’t too strange — Leander sounds like a fancier version of Alexander. Around the world, however, it’s quite popular — in Norway, it’s in the top 40. Spain and France each have their own version, being Leandro in Spanish and Leandre in French.
Morpheus is the Greek god of sleep and dreams. However, some suggest that he’s only the god of dreams, whereas his dad was the god of sleep.
Morpheus would send human shapes into the dreams of people, along with his brother, who’d send animals.
Nereus was the father of the sea nymphs in Greek mythology.
Although Nereus hasn’t been a fashionable name, we believe that in our modern world of outrageous baby names, it could be. With Nereus, there’s always the possibility of using nicknames like Nerio or Nereo.
According to Greek legends, Oceanus was a Titan who ruled over the ocean.
It’s a favored name in Europe, particularly in France, where Oceane is a popular choice for girls.
Odysseus means “wrathful” in Greek, but it is famous as the name of a hero mentioned in Homer’s saga.
Odysseus was brave and resourceful — but the name might be too much for some parents.
Olimpio is an ancient Greek word for “from Mount Olympus.” Olympus was the mountain where all the Greek gods lived.
Olimpio is an excellent name if you don’t want your little one associated with a particular Greek god.
Orion was a hunter of legend, who pursued Atlas’ seven daughters. The goddess Artemis killed him, and he was cast by Zeus to be the brightest constellation.
Orion is a beautiful name. It sounds like O’Ryan, a Gaelic name, but with an exotic twist.
Orpheus was the name of a legendary Greek musician and poet.
It was claimed that his music was so amazing that trees started dancing, and rivers stopped flowing to listen. It would make a fantastic name for the son of musicians.
Pan means “shepherd” or “flock” in ancient Greek. Pan was the god of flocks.
He’s depicted as a man with goat legs, who would play his pipe. He’s famous for his mischievousness. In Hindi, Pan means “feather” or “leaf.”
Paris was a mythological prince who is believed to have caused the Trojan war. With the help of Aphrodite, Paris managed to seduce Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman, who happened to be the wife of the king of Sparta.
Paris is a known name, but mostly for girls. It’s famous thanks to the French city and the well-known Paris Hilton. However, it is making a comeback as a boy’s name after a few celebrities have used it.
Parthenios was the name of a Greek river god. He was always depicted as a man draped in a toga.
Parthenios may not be the best first name for a baby, but it could be an original middle name.
Perseus was another one of Zeus’ sons — he was perceived as a godly hero.
Perseus is one of those names that sound so old that it may be a unique modern-day choice. Plus, your son may someday get a kick out of watching the movie, Clash of the Titans, that showcases the legend of Perseus.
Pollux was Castor’s twin half-brother, mentioned in both Greek and Roman mythology. Together, they were called Dioscuri. Pollux was immortal, while Castor wasn’t.
Pollux asked Zeus to share the gift of immortality with his brother so that they could remain together. So, Zeus turned them into the constellation Gemini.
Poseidon is another ancient Greek god. Poseidon was the god of the sea and is perhaps a better name than his Roman equivalent, Neptune.
This is a mighty name, especially if you love the ocean.
Priam was the legendary king of Troy, the home of the Trojan War. Priam had many children — the most notable ones were Paris and Hector.
Priam sounds like a fancier version of Brian, which may make it suitable for the U.S.
Pyramus is a character in Greek and Roman mythology. His story was written by a Roman poet named Ovid and resembled that of Romeo and Juliet.
Pyramus lived in Babylon, next door to his lover Thisbe — their parents forbid that they’d marry due to their family rivalry. The story ends with Thisbe finding Pyramus dead on the ground.
Thanatos means “death” in Greek, and it was the name of the god of nonviolent deaths. He’s not always depicted as a god — sometimes, he’s considered a spirit.
Thanatos was gentle, but not to be confused with Hades, King of the Dead, who was known for being stern and unyielding. Thanatos might not be the best baby name. Despite his gentle nature, associating your baby with death doesn’t sound like the best idea.
Theseus was a legend in Greek mythology. He was celebrated for slaying the Minotaur.
Chaucer acknowledged him in his first Canterbury tale, The Knight’s Tale, where he represents rules and order. Theseus isn’t a common name in the U.S.
Triton was known as the messenger of the sea and son of Neptune. He’s generally depicted as a merman, with the upper body of a man, but fins like a fish.
This was the name of Ariel’s father, the undersea king in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It’s also the name given to the largest of the planet Neptune’s moons.
The Trojan War in Troy is one of the most famed events in Greek mythology. Troy was a city located in a region called Asia Minor, where Turkey is today. The Trojan War started after the city’s prince, Paris, abducted or eloped with Sparta’s queen, Helen.
Troy is a name frequently used in the U.S. Its popularity peaked during the 1990s, and fell before the 2000s. However, we have full faith that this name will gain momentum again and reclaim its spot high on the list.
Troilus was a Trojan prince. He was the son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba.
An ancient prophecy indicated that Troy would never succumb, should Troilus reach the age of 20. However, he was killed by Achilles at a young age.
Zephyr translates to “west wind” in Greek. It stems from the Greek god Zephyr or Zephyrus, who was the god of the west wind.
This name is widely used in video games and books. It’s laid back and could quickly become a new trending name.
Zeus was the sovereign god in Olympus. He was responsible for the sky, lightning, thunder, and fate, among many other things.
It’s a big name to live up to, but it would be fantastic as a middle name.
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