Elektra or Electra

Elektra is a common Greek female name, known since the ancient years. It was a very common name in Ancient Greece, and as the love of Greeks for their ancient names is revived, Elektra became quite popular lately. The name comes from the ancient Greek word “ilektor” that means the shining sun in ancient Greek, or from the work “electron” that means amber. Elektra is also spelled Electra.

elektraSound of Name Elektra: Ee-le’-ktra

Male Version of name Elektra: Elektrion (not in use)

Nameday of Name Elektra: Elektra doesn’t have a nameday, as many ancient Greek names don’t.

Origin of Name Elektra

The name Elektra refers mostly to the historical figure Elektra, youngest daughter of Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and Clytemnestra. She was a Princess of Argos. The family of Agamemnon and the numerous stories associated with it have inspired many artists, poets and painters throughout history. In Greek mythology, Elektra was a sibling to sisters Iphigeneia, Chrysothemis, and brother Orestis, who she helped kill their mother and her lover.

Elektra was the main character in the Greek tragedies Elektra by Sophocles and Elektra by Euripides and has inspired various other works. The psychological concept known as Elektra syndrome or complex is named after the ancient Greek figure that was very attached to her father.

Nicknames deriving from name Elektra

Elektra doesn’t have nicknames; most ancient Greek names are used in their original and full form, and Elektra is one of them.

The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of the name Elektra

Elektra is a fragile person, very emotional and sentimental, giving a lot to other people. She is quite introverted when she has to deal with her own problems. She doesn’t compromise easily and she is quite independent, despite her fragility. Elektra is the “shining one”.

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