Greek God Names

The Greek Mythology is vast and seems almost endless; so do the Greek God Names.

When referring to Gods, most of us think of the 12 Gods of the Olympus, but the truth is that the Greek Mythology is full of deities, semi-gods and other figures that supported the 12 Gods and have some kind of divine status or nuance.

Some of these Greek God Names and, thus, ancient names are still in use today, some others are pretty much forgotten or uncommon.

Greeks believed in many Gods, as they were polytheists, and they created numerous personas in their myths and legends, attributing to each one of them some particular characteristics.

In some cases, the name chosen for each God was associated with his mentality or characteristics, although this is something mostly known to those who speak ancient Greek very well and are willing to dig into Greek God names’ etymology and origins.

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Greek God Names

Starting with the 12 Gods of Mt Olympus, the Greek God names are mostly still in use – especially the female ones.

  • The father of Greek Gods was Zeus, Dias for the Greeks.
  • Hera was Zeus’ wife.
  • Athena (Athina in Greek) is the goddess of wisdom.
  • Aphrodite is the goddess of beauty.
  • Hermes ( Ermis in Greek ) was the messenger of the Gods.
  • Apollo (Apollon or Apollonas for the Greeks) was the God of Music and the arts. Apollo was also known as Foivos (sounds like Fevos), which is a popular male name in modern Greece as well – in fact you will meet more Greek men named Foivos than Apollonas.
  • Apollo’s sister was Artemis ( or Diana in Latin), the goddess of hunting.
  • Goddess Demeter, or Demetra for the Greeks, was the Goddess of land and fertility.
  • Hephaestus (Ifaistos) was the God of fire.
  • Ares (Aris) was the God of War.
  • Hades or Pluto (Adis or Ploutonas) the God of the Underworld.
  • Hestia (or Estia for the Greeks) was the Goddess of family and house.
  • Poseidon (Poseidonas) was the God of the seas.

These Greek God names are the most common ones today, used in several different ways: naming children, or even boats and companies.

Except for the most important and influential Gods,  there were many semi-gods and heroes: Dionysus (Dionysos or Bacchos) was the semi-god associated with fun and wine, while Aeolus (Aiolos in Greek) was the semi-god of the winds.

Persephone, Thanatos (Death), Hypnos (Sleep), Uranos (Sky), Eros (Love –Desire), Prometheus, Gaea (Gi or Earth in English), Thetis, Themis (the semi-goddess of Justice), Iris, Helios and Hercules ( Iraklis in Greek) are some of the Greek semi gods and Greek God names known and used till today.

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List of Roman Names for Greek Gods

The Romans changed the Greek God names in order to fit their language. Since the Greek Gods and the Roman Gods are the same, it is worth mentioning who is who:

  • Jupiter – Zeus (Dias)
  • Juno  – Hera
  • Neptune – Poseidon
  • Minerva – Athena
  • Mars – Ares
  • Venus – Aphrodite
  • Vulcan – Hephaestus
  • Ceres – Demeter
  • Vesta  – Hestia
  • Apollo – Apollo
  • Diana – Artemis
  • Mercury – Hermes
  • Pluto – Hades
  • Porsephine – Persephone
  • Bacchus – Dionysus
  • Saturn – Cronus
  • Cupid or Amor – Eros
  • Discordia  –  Eris
  • Faunus  – Pan
  • Camenae – Muses
  • Parcae – Moires (Destiny and Fate Goddesses)

If planning to have a child, why not consider one of these Greek God names?

24 Responses to Greek God Names

  1. Sara October 24, 2014 at 20:15 #

    I love this article. I am looking for a baby name for a little boy and I found this to be very helpful. Thank you.

  2. caleb smith June 20, 2011 at 03:05 #

    artemis is the god of the moon and the hunt

  3. Abigail June 5, 2011 at 02:55 #

    Apollo is the sun god in Ancient Greece, but Helios is the Roman name. By the way, you guys didn’t put Apollo on this page.

    • liam September 13, 2011 at 06:03 #

      But the information above states that Apollo is still Apollo even in Roman form

      • Jessica November 24, 2013 at 19:28 #

        Apollo didn’t have a Roman name I was just Apollo

    • yu wei June 7, 2015 at 08:40 #

      Helios is a different God. He vanished or something. Even immortality has its limits.

  4. Gfcujjkjh March 12, 2011 at 04:14 #

    What about Hypnos?!?!?!

    • liam September 13, 2011 at 06:06 #

      Hypnos is the god of sleep

  5. Katia February 10, 2011 at 08:58 #

    Jordan hi, yes Zeus was indeed the brother of Hades and Poseidon! Check this article here too: http://www.greekmyths-greekmythology.com/hades-greek-god-underworld/

  6. mimiguiot February 5, 2011 at 15:05 #

    avez vous un nom de dieux commançant par la lettre f

    • Katia February 10, 2011 at 09:04 #

      Salut Mimiguiot!
      Il y a quelques noms de deites qui commencent par la lettre -F. Dieux Apollon s’appelle aussi Foivos. Il y a Fovos, le dieux du peur, Filotis la deuesse du sex, and Fimi, la deesse de la reputation. Seulement Appollon – Foivos est un de dieux Olympiens.

  7. jordan delara January 17, 2011 at 23:04 #

    well i know that all of this is the greek gods, but is true that Zeus is the brother of Hades and Poseidon?

  8. micheal January 14, 2011 at 23:42 #

    great page.. well i was wondering are there like minor gods too? well because i’m trying to learn more but most these websites dont help with like minors gods or gods in greek and roman form…………..

  9. Ange December 13, 2010 at 21:02 #

    This was a nice article, but it didn’t have a lot of detail. It would be nice if there was more for those who already know the basics.

  10. Zeus December 9, 2010 at 02:18 #

    Greek gods and the greek culture has always fascinated me. Hope i meet them one day lol

  11. Roxana Sorto December 8, 2010 at 02:43 #

    Let’s hope that plenty of persons leave remark on this website After reading the article?

  12. ethael November 5, 2010 at 00:51 #

    That is very good guys

  13. Melvin November 2, 2010 at 20:34 #

    Nice job but you guys skipped one … Helios (not sure what god he is for) but I know he is one of Greek Mythology’s god’s.

    • yannis November 5, 2010 at 07:30 #

      Helios is the Greek god of the Sun. We mentioned the most important Greek gods only, that’s why Helios is not mentioned in this article.

  14. emily October 25, 2010 at 16:21 #

    noss a hitoria dos deuses são mt interessantes td de bom pra quem naum temm nadapra fazer e a jente aprende sobre o passado dos deuses q eram especiais mt daora mano eu mi interecei por um filme e assim começei a estudar sobre os deuzes gregos os poderorozos deuzes o q eu gosto mais é poseidon

  15. e3t September 13, 2010 at 20:41 #

    interesting
    welldone guys

  16. abbey July 27, 2010 at 18:28 #

    awsome i know all the gods on mt.Olympus

  17. kevin March 8, 2010 at 23:17 #

    very intresting,well done

  18. Giulia January 14, 2010 at 10:31 #

    The Greek culture and history were always fascinating to me. Good article

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