Start with a splash – water deity names

June 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hylas and the Water Nymphs - John William Waterhouse

Yesterday was World Ocean Day, and to celebrate our beautiful bodies of water, why not consider an aquatic name for your child? Perfect for any parent who likes swimming or sailing, or has fond memories of holidays spent at the seaside. Choices such as Caspian and Océane abound, but could any of the Greek water deities’ names be carried by a modern child? With hundreds of nymphs and a good few extras, there are certainly a lot of options to choose from.

Here’s the proof of their accessibility; the most usable, watery mythological names, ready for your perusal (most names are Greek, and so a final –e is pronounced as an EE sound):

Girls –

Agave

Amaltheia

Arethusa

Caliadne

Callianassa

Callianira

Calypso

Castalia

Cleodora

Clio

Dione

Doris

Electra

Ephyra

Eudore

Eunice

Evarne

Galatea

Ianassa (YAN-ass-a)

Ianthe

Ione

Iphianassa

Ismene

Melia

Melite

Memphis (!)

Merope (recent Harry Potter connection – the mother of Voldemort)

Metope

Minthe

Nephele

Panope

Perse (pronounced as Percy)

Petra

Polydora

Sedna

Tethys  (TEE-thess)

Thaleia

Xanthe

Undine (or Ondine)

Boys –

Almo

Alpheus

Cydnus

Okeanos/Oceanus.

And some which it might be better to avoid:

Glauconome (glaucoma)

Hipponoe

Nemesis

Pharmaceia

Proto

Styx.

Finally, keen sailors might want to consider Elmo or Erasmus – their patron saint.

Any favourites? Which do you think would translate well to a modern child? Indeed, any I didn’t mention which would work fabulously?

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