Pandora


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “All gifted.”

Pronunciation: (pan-DOR-uh)

Nicknames: Panda, Pan, Dora

Detail: In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on earth. The gods bestowed her with many talents; Aphrodite gave her beauty, Apollo music, Hermes persuasion, and so forth. Hence her name: Pandora, “All gifted”.

With her, Pandora had a jar which she was not to open under any circumstance. Impelled by her natural curiosity, Pandora opened the jar, and all evil contained escaped and spread over the earth. She hastened to close the lid, but the whole contents of the jar had escaped, except for one thing which lay at the bottom, and that was Hope.

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Io


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Pronunciation: (AHY-oh)

Detail: In Greek mythology Io was a princess loved by Zeus, who changed her into a heifer in order to hide her from the jealous Hera. She regained human form after she was driven to Egypt by Argus.

A moon of Jupiter bears this name in her honour.

Persephone


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Bringer of death; Destoyer.”

Pronunciation: (per-SEF-oh-nee)

Nicknames: Sephy, Seffy, Poppy, Phee, Effy, Posy

Detail: As the story goes, one day in the valley of Enna, where spring reigns eternal, Persephone was innocently picking flowers. Hades, god of the underworld, saw her and it was love at first sight. He came charging in his chariot into the valley and snatched her away.

Demeter finally persuaded Zeus through adamant pleading, to demand for her daughter back from Hades. Hades agreed to return Persephone as long as she had not eaten anything from the underworld. (There is a permanent bond for those who consume food in the Underworld; they are bound to it eternally.) However the sly Hades, who fancied Persephone to pieces, duped her into snacking on a few pomegranate seeds.

This caused some intense arguing, but Zeus, being the crafty old mediator that he was, came up with an agreement by which Persephone could stay with Demeter in the spring and summer to help out with the botany business and then go back down to live with Hades for six months or so, creating a season for nature to take time off, winter break.

Demeter has never been satisfied with this, and that is why winters are so gaunt and cold. So you can thank Hades for when you have Jack Frost nipping at you.

Artaxias


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Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Great warrior; lion-king.”

Pronunciation: (ar-TAKS-ee-as)

Nicknames: Arto, Art, Artie, Tax

Detail: Artaxes (ar-TAK-seez) is the Greek form of Persian Artachshatra. In the bible, this is the name of the son and successor of Khshayarsha as emperor of Persia. His Hebrew name is Artachshashta.

Eulalia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Eloquent; well-spoken.”

Pronunciation: (yoo-LAY-lee-uh)

Nicknames: Eula, Eulie, Lali

Detail: Eulalie is the French feminine form of Latin Eulalius, meaning “well-spoken.”

“Eulalie” is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. The poem is a bridal song about a man who overcomes his sadness by marrying the beautiful Eulalie. The woman’s love has a transformative effect on the narrator, taking him from a “world of moan” to one of happiness.

Variations:

  • Eulalia (English, Italian, and Spanish)
  • Eulàlia (Catalan)
  • Eulália (Portuguese)
  • Eulalie (English and French) [Eng (YOO-lah-lee); Fre (OO-lah-lee)]
  • Eulalja (Polish)
  • Evlaliya (Russian)
  • Olalla (Spanish)

The short forms:

  • Eula (English)
  • Eulah (English)
  • Eulia (English, Italian, and Spanish)
  • Laia (Catalan)
  • Lalia (English, Italian, and Spanish),
  • Ula (Spanish)