10 Unusual Baby Names Inspired By Greek Mythology

Victoria Richards
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Every parent believes their own child to be special and capable of incredible things – and quite right, too. 

Well, now you can give your child the gift of kindness, strength or grace, by bestowing them with a name straight from the heavens. 

We have a wealth of baby name inspiration on HuffPost UK Parents, but here are 10 monikers inspired by Greek mythology.

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Athena

The name Athena was derived from the city name Athens. In Greek mythology, it’s the name of the daughter of Zeus – who was the goddess of wisdom, warfare, handicrafts, mathematics, and courage.

Penelope

Penelope was the wife of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey. It has two origin stories: it was either derived from the Greek pēnē, meaning “thread of a bobbin,” or penelops, a type of duck. 

Selene

Greek goddess of the moon, Selene was also often connected with the goddess Artemis – a patron and protector of young girls. 

Hera

Hera was the Greek ‘queen of heaven’. Wife of Zeus – the king of the gods – she was also known as the ‘goddess of marriages’. 

Iris

Goddess of the rainbow – nothing could be more appropriate for life post-pandemic than this shining emblem of joy and hope. 

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Jason

Jason led the fearsome Argonauts – a group of Greek warriors. The name means ‘healer’. 

Hermes

The Greek god of travel and trade, Hermes is linked to swiftness and good luck.  

Zeus

The Greek god of thunder and the sky. He ruled over humankind – any child with this name is bound to be a leader. 

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Paris

Paris began the Trojan War by abducting the famously beautiful Helen of Troy. He also defeated the powerful hero, Achilles.

Apollo

The Greek god of music, art and medicine, Apollo also represents knowledge, law, beauty, wisdom, sun and light. 

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.