Minos or Minoas

Minos or Minoas is a male Greek name with a long history.

In Greek mythology Minos was a king of Crete, son of Zeus and Europa. After his death, Minos became a judge of the dead in Hades.

The Minoan civilization of pre-Hellenic Crete has been named after him.

It is not clear if Minos was a name or a title, although the predominant idea is that Minos was actually the Cretan word for “king”.

Minos reigned over Crete and the islands of the Aegean Sea three generations before the Trojan War.

He lived at Knossos for periods of nine years, where he received instruction from Zeus in the legislation which he gave to the island.

King Minos was the author of the Cretan constitution and the founder of its naval supremacy. King Minos is also known from the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.

male greek name minos

Sound of name Minos: Meé – nos

Female Version of name Minos: N/A

Nameday of Minos: November 11th

Origin of name Minos – Nameday of Minos

Minos is an ancient Greek name, which is especially appreciated and popular on the island of Crete.

It doesn’t have its own nameday, but in Crete men named Minos celebrate their nameday on November 11th, the day when St Minas ( Agios Minas) is honored.

St Minas is the patron saint of Heraklion City, the capital city of Crete.

Names Minas and Minos are not the same, however it is a tradition in Crete to celebrate the namedays on the same day.

Nicknames deriving from name Minos

Minos doesn’t have any nicknames and diminutives, so if you meet a man named Minos you can call him either Minos or Minoas.

The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of name Minos

Minos is a strong and influential man; he likes the good life and having fun and he is an outspoken and extroverted person who enjoys the good company and parties.

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