Greek Baby Names: Mythological and Vintage Greek Names Soaring in Popularity

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Expectant parents searching for the perfect Greek baby name for their son or daughter need not look too far. According to Pamela Redmond from the baby name website Nameberry, Greek-origin names are currently experiencing a significant surge in popularity. Daphne, Ophelia, Nico, and Theodore are among the fastest-rising baby names.

Redmond mentions that Theodore entered the national top 10 list in 2021, per the Social Security Administration's annual ranking. She also notes an increasing trend of parents exploring lesser-known names from Greek mythology, with names like Persephone gaining attention.

The allure of Greek names has extended to celebrity parents as well. For example, Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost chose the name Cosmo for their son.

Mythological names within the Greek repertoire are especially favoured, and there is a resurgence of interest in vintage Greek names. Redmond highlights that names like Isadora, Linus, George, and Cynthia are receiving more attention from parents seeking a unique and timeless choice for their children.

 Top 5 Greek Girl Names With Meanings

  1. Ophelia — “Help”
  2. Iris — “rainbow”
  3. Daphne — “laurel tree; bay tree.”
  4. Penelope — “weaver”
  5. Cora — “maiden”

 Top 5 Greek Boy Names With Meanings

  1. Atticus — “from Attica”
  2. Theodore — “gift of God.”
  3. Atlas — “bearer of the heavens.”
  4. Theo — “gift of God.”
  5. Sebastian — “person from the ancient city of Sebastia.”

55 Greek Baby Names

Whether a Greek name honours family heritage or you're seeking something fresh and new, here are 55 Greek baby names to consider:

  • Nikolai
  • Ares
  • Adonis
  • Rhea
  • Callie
  • Ophelia
  • Atticus
  • Theodore
  • Atlas
  • Iris
  • Theo
  • Daphne
  • Penelope
  • Sebastian
  • Cora
  • Evangeline
  • Tobias
  • Chloe
  • Phoebe
  • Lyra
  • Nico
  • Thea
  • Alexander
  • Anastasia
  • Elias
  • Lucas
  • Elena
  • Athena
  • Maya
  • Orion
  • Luke
  • Phoenix
  • Sophie
  • Lydia
  • Alexandra
  • Persephone
  • Cosmo
  • Zephyr
  • Calliope
  • Margaret
  • Sophia
  • Amara
  • Andrew
  • Cynthia
  • Apollo
  • Agnes
  • Lysander
  • George
  • Peter
  • Helena
  • Althea
  • Linus
  • Ariadne
  • Nicholas
  • Catherine

This article was originally published on TODAY.com

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