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Greek Names and Meanings

By Emma Davies


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Greek names are rich in history and mythology, often reflecting the stories of gods, heroes, and ancient traditions. These names carry deep meaning and cultural significance of the identity and heritage.

Greek Names and Meanings

Greece is not only a beautiful place but it is also the birthplace of many amazing things such as medicine, the Olympics, democracy, and philosophy. With these amazing achievements come some that are not so beautiful or amazing, and they have names associated with them that some may want to steer away from when naming their little ones.

For example, Desdemona may pique your interest as a name choice for your little girl, but this name means misery or ill-fated, not really the best choice. Ares is a well-known name for a little boy, but it is also the name given to the god of war. 

So, consider the cultural context of names rooted in Greek history. Make sure the name has personal resonance when choosing a Greek name for your child.

Most Popular Greek Names

Name Meaning
Alexandra Defender or protector of man
Chloe Blooming or fertility
Katherine Pure
Sophia Wisdom
Andrew Manly, brave, strong, courageous, and warrior
Elias My God is Yahweh
Lucas Bringer of light

Greek Names for Girls


Meaning: Defender or protector of man

Alternative Spellings: Alexandria or Alexandera

Nicknames: Allie, Lexi, Alexa

Famous People: Alexandra Burke (British Musician) and Alexandra Paul (TV Actress)

Popularity: In the top 100 names for girls from 1984 until 2014


Meaning: Bringer of Victory

Alternative spellings: Berenise, Bernyce, Bernie, Burnice

Famous People: Bernice Gera (the first umpire in professional baseball to be a woman)

Popularity: Not as popular as other names, fallen out of the top 1000 baby names in 2003


Meaning: The one who excels over men and shines

Alternative spellings: Kassandra

Nicknames: Cassie, Sandra, Sandi

Famous People: Cassandra Peterson (actress) and Cassandra Austen (artist)

Popularity: has been in the top 1000 baby names since 1942


Meaning: Laurel

Alternative Spellings: Daphney, Dafny, Dafney, Daffney

Famous People: Daphne (from Scooby Doo) and Daphne Reid (actress)

Popularity: Most popular in 1962 in number 266 of the most popular girls’ names


Meaning: Fancy, light, and beautiful

Alternative Spellings: Elle, Ela, Ellah, Ellie

Famous People: Ella Fitzgerald (singer) and Ella Purnell (actress)


Meaning: The gods’ messenger

Alternative spellings: Hermia, Herma, Hermine

Famous People: Hermione Granger (fictional character) and Hermione Way (entrepreneur)

Popularity: Not in the top 1000 baby names


Meaning: Messenger of the gods and from the rainbow

Alternative Spellings: Iryss, Irisse, Irys

Famous People: Iris Rainer Dart (author) and Iris Apatow (Actress)

Popularity: Continually increasing in the name ranks and came 127th in baby names in 2020


Meaning: Purity

Alternative spellings: Kathryn, Katheryn, Katharine, Catherine

Famous People: Catherine Zeta-Jones (Welsh Actress) and Kathryn Grayson (American actress)

Popularity: Has been in the top 100 names for over a century


Meaning: Dark and beautiful

Alternative spellings: Melaney, Melania, Melany

Nicknames: Mel and Lanie

Famous People: Mel B (singer) and Melanie Griffith (Actress)

Popularity: Has been in the top 1000 since 1938


Meaning: Wisdom

Alternative Spellings: Sofia, Sophie, Safiyya, Sophy, Sofie

Famous People: Sofia Vergara (an actress) and Sofia Coppola (American Screenwriter)

Popularity: Popular in the top 50 since 2000

Greek Boy Names


Meaning: Brave and manly

Alternative Spellings:  Andrewe, Andruw, Andru

Nicknames: Drew and Andy

Famous People: Andrew Johnson (US President) and Andy Warhol (Artist)

Popularity: Has been in the top 100 names for over a century


Meaning: A follower of Christ who carries him in his heart

Alternative Spellings: Christofer, Kristof, Kristopher

Nicknames: Chris and Topher

Famous people: Christopher Lloyd (actor) and Christopher Walken (actor)

Popularity: Top 10 boys’ names between 1967 and 2009. In 2018, it became number 47 – still in the top 50


Meaning: Tamer and conqueror

Alternative Spellings: Damien, Daymian, Damianos, Daymon.

Famous People: Damian Marley (singer) and Damian Lewis (actor)

Popularity: Top 1000 boy names in 1952 and number 98 in 2013


Meaning: My God is Yahweh.

Alternative Spellings: Elia, Elijas, Elijah, Elyas, Elis

Famous People: Elias Ashmole (English politician) and Elias Figueroa (Soccer player).

Popularity: Been in the top 1000 since 1880 and is becoming increasingly popular ever since the year 2000


Meaning: Watchful and vigilant

Alternative Spellings: Georges, Giorgio, Jorge

Famous People: George Clooney (actor) and George R.R. Martin (American Author and television producer)

Popularity: Top 100 between 1945 and 1997 and 21 between 1962 and 1963


Meaning: A pledge or solemn promise

Alternative Spellings: Homar, Homhar, Homer

Famous People: Homer Simpson (TV character) and Homer Hickman (author)

Popularity: Common in the early 20th century and became number 74 in 1901. In the past century, however, it’s started to become less popular with its highest ranking of 949 in 1983


Meaning: Light and bright.

Alternative spellings: Laucus, Lucus, Lukas

Nicknames: Luke and Luca

Famous People: Lucas Grabeel (actor) and Lucas Maurice Jagger (Mick Jagger’s son)

Popularity: Has been in the top ten names in the United States since 2018


Meaning: Like Myrrh

Alternative Spellings: Miren, Myreon, Myren, Miron

Famous People: Myron Waldman (animator) and Myron Mixon (chef)

Popularity: Most popular in the year 1932 when it was in the position of 192 in the top baby names but it fell out of the top 1000 in the year 2000


Meaning: Great hunter

Alternative Spellings: Orien, Oryen, Oryon, Oryan, Orian

Famous People: Orion Weiss (musician) and Orion Martin (football player)

Popularity: Has been increasing in popularity ever since 1994 and was at rank 300 in 2018


Meaning: Strong and solid like a rock.

Alternative Spellings: Petr, Piotr, Pieter

Nicknames: Pete and Petey

Famous People: Peter Parker (Fictional character) and Peter Dinklage (American actor)

Popularity: This name has been in the top 100 boys’ names for around a century but in 2018, it only ranked 211 meaning it’s starting to decrease in popularity