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I thought this would be a good idea for an article as most of you know I am half Greek and I wanted to take the time to appreciate many of the beautiful names that existed in ancient Greece but are also used in modern times. These are powerful names with deep meanings connected with mythology. I hope you enjoy and even get inspired!

Elektra, my name :)

Elektra is a female given name and its Greek origin Ἠλέκτρα means amber, and thus shining. In Greek mythology she was one of the seven daughters of the titan Atlas and the sea nymph Pleione. The daughters were called the Pleiades and were all companions of the goddess Artemis. After Atlas was forced to carry the sky on his shoulders, Zeus transformed Elektra and her sisters into stars to comfort their father. In the sky these seven stars formed the star cluster known thereafter as the Pleiades. In psychology the Electra complex is named after her.
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Alexander/ Alexandra

Both male and female versions of the name originate from the Greek name Ἀλέξανδρος which means defender of the people or defending men. The most famous bearer of the name was Alexander the Great who created the largest empire in ancient history. The female version Alexandra was also one of the titles of the goddess Hera, wife of Zeus, the name was taken to mean one who comes to save warriors.
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Hemithea

Personally, one of my favourite names as in Greek Hemithea, Ημιθέα, boldly means demigoddess or half goddess.
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Athanasia

Αθανασία is the feminine form of Athanasios meaning Immortal!
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Hector

Hector is a very masculine name and the Greek version Ἕκτωρ comes ultimately from the word ἔχω meaning to hold, to possess. Hector was one of the Trojan champions who fought against the Greeks in the war for Helens possession, but in the end he was slain by Achilles.
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Artemis

Artemis, Ἄρτεμις, was the daughter of Zeus and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of hunting, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls, bringing and relieving disease in women; she often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. She was known as Artemis of the wildland, Mistress of Animals. Her Roman equivalent is Diana which you probably know from the recent movie Wonder Woman.
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Daphne

In Greek Δάφνη means laurel. In Greek mythology she was the daughter of the Rivergod and a type of female nymph associated with fountains, springs, streams and other bodies of freshwater. The myth says that because of her beauty, Daphne attracted the attention of the god Apollo. Her father transformed her into a laurel tree to protect her from the God.
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Theodor

The name is from the Greek Theodorus, Θεόδωρος, compounding of the elements theos (god) and doron (a gift). Hence, meaning gift from the Gods or Gods gift.

Kleio

Κλειώ was the muse of history and daughter of Zeus. The root of the name means narrate but also meaning to glorify, and even to close and to lock. Greek words like glory and key are directly related with the muse.
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Hypatia

Female name derived from Greek ‘υπατος meaning highest, supreme. Hypatia of Alexandria was a 5th-century philosopher and mathematician, daughter of the mathematician Theon. Because of her broad knowledge in maths and astronomy, Christians titled her as a pagan, a witch that was devoted always to magic, astrolabes and instruments of music, and that she beguiled many people through her Satanic wills. She was brutally skinned and killed unfairly by fanatic Christians.
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Cleopatra

The Greek name Κλεοπάτρα can mean glory of her father or even glory of her country. She was a queen and last ruler of Egypt. She was a descendant of a Macedonian Greek general and companion of Alexander the Great.
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After the death of Cleopatra, Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire.

Nikolaos

Νικόλαος is a very common name in Greece with a powerful meaning Victory of the people or people's champion. Names like Nick, Nico, Niky etc have derived from it.

Gaia

In Greek mythology, Gaia (from Ancient Greek Γαῖα) a poetic word for land or earth is the personification of the Earth. Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life. She is the immediate parent of Uranus (the sky), from whose sexual union she bore the Titans (themselves parents of many of the Olympian gods) and the Giants, and of Pontus (the sea), from whose union she bore the primordial sea gods.
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