Ifigenia or Ifigeneia

Ifigeneia is a female Greek name which derives from the Greek words “ifios” and “gignomai” that mean “strong” and “become” respectively. Therefore, Ifigeneia is the woman who becomes strong.

Ifigeneia is a popular ancient Greek name; she was the daughter of King Agamemnon. When her father offended Artemis, it was divined that the only way to appease the goddess was to sacrifice Iphigenia (Ifigeneia). Just as Agamemnon was about to sacrifice his daughter, she was magically transported to the city of Taurus.

There are many different spellings for the name, but Ifigeneia reflects the Greek version of the name better.

ifigeneia female greek name

Sound of name Ifigeneia: Ee-fee-gé-nee-a

Male Version of the name Ifigeneia: N/A

Nameday of Ifigeneia: November 16th

Origin of name Ifigeneia – Agia Ifigeneia (St Ifigeneia)

Although this is an Ancient Greek name, its inclusion in the Greek Orthodox Calendar refers to Agia Ifigeneia the Martyr, a woman who supposedly lived during the 9th or 10th century.

However, there are no sufficient references to her, and no details on her life and personality, so we cannot know why she was declared a saint by the Greek Orthodox Church. We only know that the Greek church celebrates the nameday of Ifigeneia on November 16th.

Nicknames deriving from name Ifigeneia

As an ancient name, Ifigeneia doesn’t feature many nicknames and diminutives; the only ones used are Efi, Nitsa, Fey, but in general women named Ifigeneia tend to keep their name in full.

The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of name Ifigeneia

Ifigeneia is a calm and proud woman who likes the Arts and Culture. She is very fond of the family and children and she can be an excellent mother.

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One Response to Ifigenia or Ifigeneia

  1. Ifigeneia November 11, 2012 at 18:11 #

    Ifigeneia means ‘she who descents from a strong family line’. It’s etymology derives from prefix ‘ifi=strong, mighty’ and suffix ‘genos=family’ both from ancient Greek. I spell it exactly as it’s written in Greek (Ιφιγένεια) like you mention, although a more accurate phonetic spelling would be ‘Ephiyeneia’. My nickname is Fenia or Feni.

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