Eros or Erotas

Eros or Erotas is not just being in love in Greece; it’s also a male name, which may be not that usual, but you might end up meeting one or two men named Eros in your life. Otherwise, we just hope you find eros in your life!

The Greek word eros or erotas means love in Greek, but it is actually a man, who existed during the early Christian years.

male Greek name eros

Sound of name Eros: É-ros

Female Version of name Eros: N/A

Nameday of Eros: June 25th

Origin of name Eros

Eros was a man who lived during the age of Diocletian, serving as a soldier in his army along with his six brothers (Orentios, Farnakis, Firmos, Firminos, Kyriakos and Logginos).

The brothers were fighting against the Scythian army and they led a very imortant win. After the end of the battle the brothers were asked to participate in a pagan feast to celebrate the win.

The brothers refused because they were Christians, and soon after they were transfered to Armenia. However, since the persecutions of Diocletian against the Christians were very ferocious, the brothers were indeed arrested. It seems that their brave participation in battle was easily forgotten.

The brothers died from the tortures and the Greek church decided to honor Eros and celebrate his memory and nameday of Eros or Erotas on June 25th.

Eros in Ancient Greece

However, the word and name Eros refer to the Greek god of love and fertility. In ancient times, Eros represented the havoc and misery that could be brought about by love and desire.

In later times, Eros (Cupid) was depicted as an overweight baby, winged, and carrying a bow and a quiver of arrows, which he would shoot off randomly.

The parentage of Eros is confused and obscure. He is often thought of as the son of the goddess of love, Aphrodite.

His father may have been the great god Zeus, the god of war, Ares, or Hermes, the god of fertility. Older traditions say that he is the son of Gaia, and therefore almost as old as the Earth.

Though he appeared in many legends, Eros was never considered important enough to be set among the 12 great Olympian Gods. Nevertheless he is depicted as the constant companion of Aphrodite.

The most famous tale about Eros is that of Eros and Psyche.

Nicknames deriving from name Eros

The Name Eros does not have any nicknames or diminutives

The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of name Eros

Eros is a passionate and devoted man, who is much into arts. He is romantic and most of the times he is a man of family.

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