Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mythological Names for Boys

This name list mostly contains Greek and Roman deities and legends, but there are mythological figures from various other origins as well. Whether or not you believe in mythology is your own choice. Personally, I do not. I like to think of them as fables passed down through the generations. But I do find these stories to be very fascinating, especially the names that come from them.

The list that I've compiled below contains a great assortment of the best masculine names that spring from the most well-known myths from around the world. I am sure that there are plenty more that could be added so feel free to leave me a comment below if you'd like me to add some. In fact, Behind the Name has an amazing collection of mythological names that is much longer than this one if you're looking for more obscure choices. Here are some of the names that I feel are easier for a modern boy to wear today:
                          Achilles                    
Adonis
Ajax
Alvis
Apollo
Ara
Aries
Arthur
Atlas
Auster
Bran
Cadmus
Castor
Cian
Conall
Conor
Damon
Diarmaid
Dylan
Eros
Evander
Feargus
Finn
Fintan
Hector
Helios
Hermes
Icarus

Janus
Jason
Jasper
Jove
Jupiter
Leander
Mars
Mercury
Neptune
Oceanus
Odin
Odysseus
Oisin
Orion
Oscar
Osiris
Pan
Paris
Percival
Perseus
Poseidon
Saturn
Silvanus
Thor
Tristan
Vishnu
Zephyr
Zeus
Don't forget to check out the Mythological Names for Girls too!

Which of these names are your favorites? Would you ever consider using them for a child, and if so, what would you pair with them? Here are my Top 5 favorites:

1. Apollo

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Artemis, Athena, Calliope, Eulalia, Ophelia, Penelope
Brothers: Achilles, Cadmus, Damon, Erasmus, Leonidas, Perseus

Middle Name Ideas:
Apollo Christopher
Apollo Damien
Apollo Lysander
Apollo Thaddeus

As a Middle Name:
Jason Apollo
Nicholas Apollo
Phillip Apollo
Stephen Apollo

2. Damon
Sisters: Aurora, Daphne, Iris, Luna, Phaedra, Selene
Brothers: Arthur, Connor, Dante, Jasper, Maddox, Tristan

Middle Name Ideas:
Damon Achilles
Damon Frances
Damon Oliver
Damon Thomas

As a Middle Name:
Alexander Damon
Gregory Damon
Nathaniel Damon
Silas Damon

3. Fintan

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Aisling, Ciara, Enya, Maeve, Orlaith, Saoirse 
Brothers: Brawley, Cavan, Dooley, Grady, Keefe, Oisin  

Middle Name Ideas:
Fintan Boyd
Fintan Cashel
Fintan Kane
Fintan Patrick

As a Middle Name:
Connor Fintan
Garvey Fintan
Logan Fintan
Neal Fintan

4. Percival

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Amelie, Celine, Elodie, Genevieve, Isabeau, Margaux
Brothers: Aimon, Bastien, Durand, Jasper, Leverett, Olivier

Middle Name Ideas:
Percival Ambrose
Percival Elroy
Percival Jourdain
Percival Lucien 

As a Middle Name:
Beau Percival
Henri Percival
Loic Percival
Quincy Percival

5. Thor

Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Anika, Dagny, Elin, Halle, Jetta, Kirsi, Ottilia 
Brothers: Alrik, Davin, Gerik, Henrik, Leif, Rasmus, Soren

Middle Name Ideas:
Thor Benjamin
Thor Johannes
Thor Leonidas
Thor Ragnar

As a Middle Name:
Alexander Thor
Gunnar Thor
Quenby Thor
Viggo Thor

2 comments:

Eva.G said...

If we have children and have a son, we've decided on Atlas - we picked it nearly 2 years ago and still love it! I most likely would pair it with 2 family middle names, but one that is significant to us is David. Atlas David. . .

If we have girls, I love Petra, Daphne, Philippa (Pippa) & Juno. Or I could go bold and pair Atlas & Sunday together in a sibset. I'm torn : )

Kara @ The Art of Naming said...

Atlas David is a cool name! I like it! Atlas & Sunday are cute too. I also like Atlas and Juno. :) Thanks for the comment!

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