Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “to speak well.”

Pronunciation: (yoo-FEE-mee-uh) Euphemia

Nicknames: Effy, Effie, Ephie, Euphie, Phemi

Detail: Derived from Greek eu “good” and phemi “to speak”.

Saint Euphemia was an early martyred virgin of Chalcedon. The traditions surrounding her death state that she was tortured and then slain by a wild bear because she refused to attend a pagan ceremony.