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Ancient Greek Names

Ancient Greece is considered as the birthplace of the Olympic games, Western philosophy, democracy, etc. The exact time period of ancient Greece is not known, but it is said that it existed somewhere between 8th century BC and 6th century AD. Ancient Greek names are always popular because of their typical meanings and unique pronunciations. Previously in ancient Greece, a person had no last name and was identified with only his first name. But after some decades, use of the geographical place in the name became compulsory. For example, Markos in the Aegean Islands. This rule was specially made for maintaining official records. It has been an age old tradition among Greeks to name a newborn after his/her grandparents. Many of the ancient Greek names have originated from Greek gods and goddesses and Roman gods. Some names have originated from the Old and New Testament and Christian traditions. Greek names also include names of famous philosophers and heroes like Helen, Odysseus, Plato, etc. So, want to know more about these ancient Greek names? Then here are lists of male and female ancient Greek names and meanings.

Female Ancient Greek Names

NameMeaning
AdelphaDear sister
AdoniaMy Lord
AdrasteiaCourageous
AellaWhirlwind
AgapeLove
AgathangelosGood angel
AgatheGood
AgaueNoble
AglaiaBeauty
AlexiaDefender
AlthaiaHealing
AmintahDefender
AndromedaThinks like a man or warrior
AthenaMind of God
AtroposInflexible
BarbaraStrange
BerenikeBringer of victory
CharaHappiness
CyanaeSky blue
CymoneHearkening
DamalisCalf
DanaeParched
DeliaOf Delos
DemetraEarth mother
DespoinaMistress
DiantheGod-flower
EfimiaWell spoken
EirenePeace
ElektraBright, shining
EleneTo elope
ElissaWanderer
ElpisHope
EosDawn
HagnePure
HalkyoneKingfisher
HathorHouse of Horus
HelenMoon
HermioneOf the Earth
IantheViolet flower
IoannaGod is gracious
IolaViolet
KalliopeBeautiful voice
KhryseisGold
KlytieFamous
LedaWoman
LigeiaShrill whistling voice
MargaritesPearl
MegairaTo grudge
MelinaHoney
NatasaResurrection
NikeVictory
OlympiaHome of the Gods
OpheliaHelp
PandoraAll-gift
PenelopeVirgin voice
RhodaRose
RoxaneDawn
SaraPrincess
SophiaWisdom
ThaliaBlooming
TheklaGlory of God
VasilikiQueen
XanthiaYellow
XeneStranger
ZenobiaLife of Zeus
ZosimeSurvivor

Ancient Greek Names for Men

NameMeaning
AchilleusPain
AdonisMy Lord
AdrastosHe who stands his grounds, courageous
AesopHump-backed
AiasMourner
BartholomaiosSon of Talmai
BarnabasSon of exhortation
CadmusThe East
CharonFierce brightness
DaidalosCunning worker
DioklesGlory of Zeus
DorosGift
DrakonDragon
DeucalionNew wine sailor
DimitrisLoves the Earth
ElpidiosHope
ErasmosTo love
ErosLove
EsdrasHelp
EuclidGood glory
EmmanouilGod is with us
FotiosLight
HaemonBloody
HektorDefender
HeraclesGlory of Hera
HesiodTo send song
IesosGod is salvation
IoannisGod is gracious
JonasDove
JudasHe who is praised
KalliasHandsome
KastorBeaver
KhristophorosChrist bearer
LazarusMy God has helped
LoukasFrom Lucania
MacedonTall one
MatthaisGift of God
MentorSpirit
MyronMyrrh
NestorHomecoming
NikiasVictory
NikonVictory
OedipusSore feet
OlymposHome of the Gods
OrionLight of heaven
PaianHealer
PallasWeapon
PanosAll-Holy
PantherasPanther
ProteusFirst
SethDazzle
SimonHearkening
SophosClever
ThanatosDeath
TheodotosSlave
UriasGod is my light
VasilisKing
XenocratesPower
YanniGod is gracious
YorgosFarmer
ZenonOf Zeus
ZotikosFull of life
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