Greek Names – Introduction

Greek names reflect a long history and an unbroken line of centuries within a family. Usually, when a child is born it is given the name of its grandmother or grandfather accordingly, although lately some modern couples tend to break the tradition and the naming rule, choosing names they like. The name is given to […]

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Female Greek Names

If you have been to Greece at least once, you have probably figured out already which are the most common Female Greek names. You have met at least two Marias – or even more – you have had coffee with a woman named Eleni, or you have been served in a restaurant or coffee shop […]

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Male Greek Names

Male Greek names are so many and different. In Greece there are male names from the antiquity – some of the ancient Greek male names are truly amazing and interesting – from the Christian tradition, or local Greek customs. As with female Greek names, people tend to give their children the name of the grandfather […]

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Greek Surnames

Greek surnames are complicated for most foreigners; not to mention how weird they sound! The origins of Greek surnames, roots and etymology vary a lot; in fact you can find some very typical Greek last names, or very common ones, while others are funny, bizarre or even insulting. In Greece every period has its own […]

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Ancient Greek Names

Ancient Greek names are popular almost all over the world. It is not uncommon to find male or female ancient Greek names in other countries and continents. This comes as no surprise of course, because of the importance and influence of the ancient Greek civilization. In fact many foreigners search for ancient Greek names for […]

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Aggeliki or Angeliki

Aggeliki or Angeliki is a very popular female Greek name, deriving from the ancient Greek word “aggelos” which means messenger. In Modern Greek, though, the noun refers to “Angels”, and Greeks rarely use it with its initial meaning. The female name is also an adjective, meaning “angelic”. Sound of Aggeliki: A-nge-li-ki’ Alternative Spelling: Angeliki Nameday […]

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Aggelos or Angelos

Aggelos or Angelos is a popular male Greek name, deriving from the homonym word “aggelos” which in ancient Greek was referring to the messenger. Today, the same word is used as a noun, referring to the angel. Sound of Aggelos: A’-nge-los Alternative Spelling: Angelos Nameday of Aggelos: November 8th Female form of Aggelos: Aggeliki History […]

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Agapi

Agapi is a lovely, female Greek name that means “Love”. The same word is used in the Modern Greek Language to express the feeling of “love” or “affection” among friends, family and lovers, but it’s different than the word “eros”. Sound of Agapi: a-ga’-pe Name day of Agapi:  September 17th, along with Elpida, Pisti and […]

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Agathi

Agathi is a female Greek name, one of those that used to be very common in the past but reducing as time goes by. Agathi in Greek is also a feminine adjective and comes from the word “agathos” that means good, kind and virtuous. Sound of Agathi: a-ga-the’ Name day of Agathi: February 5. Male form […]

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Aglaia

Aglaia is a female Greek name, dating back to ancient Greece and its mythology. The name Aglaia is not used in any other form in the language, although in ancient Greek it also referred to the “Gorgeous and Shining”. Sound of Aglaia: A- gla- eeah Nameday of Aglaia: December 19th Male form of Aglaia: – […]

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Giorgos

Giorgos or Yiorgos standing for George in Greek, is a very common Greek male Name, found in all regions of mainland and islands. According to statistics Giorgos is the most common male name in Greece, since approximately 16% of the male population bears this particular name. Sound of name Giorgos: Yi-o-rgos. The exact sound of […]

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Agni

Agni or Agne is a female Greek Name, quite common in the past. Agni comes from the greek adjective αγνός (agnos), which means pure, clean, chaste, unspoilt. Agni is the feminine gender of the adjective and is used as name only in this form, while the male form is only used as an adjective. Sound […]

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Alexandros

Alexandros is a very common male name in Greece, found in both mainland and the islands. It is a compound word, deriving from the words “alexo” and “Andros”, which, in ancient Greek, mean “hold off” and “of man” respectively. The name Alexandros was used in Ancient Greece both as name and an epithet (adjective) describing […]

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Kostas

Kostas is a male Greek name, one of the most common names given to Greek men. It is the most common nickname deriving from the name Konstantinos (Constantine) and it comes from the Latin word “constans” meaning constant and steadfast. Sound of name Kostas: Ko’-stas Nameday of Name Kostas: May 21st Female version of name […]

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Katerina

Katerina is a common Greek female name, deriving from the name Ekaterini. The history and etymology of the name is a subject of debate, as there are several options: The most common and popular is that name Katerina comes from the ancient Greek word katharsis which means “to purge” and “to cleanse”. According to other […]

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