Iason or Iasonas is a male Greek name, quite popular in the ancient years. Iasonas derives from Greek ιασθαι (iasthai) “to heal”. The English name Jason comes from name Iason.
In Greek mythology Iason was the leader of the Argonauts. After his uncle Pelias overthrew his father as king of Iolcos, Jason went in search of the Golden Fleece in order to win back the throne.
During his journeys he married the sorceress Medea, who helped him gain the fleece and kill his uncle, but who later turned against him when he fell in love with another woman.
The reason why you might see the name written Iason or Iasonas is that Iason is the ancient Greek version of the name, while Iasonas is the modern one.
Sound of name Iasonas: Ee-á-sso -nas
Female Version of name Iasonas: N/A
Nameday of Iasonas: April 29th
Origin of name Iasonas – Apostle Iason (Jason)
As mentioned, Iason or Iasonas is actually an ancient Greek name, but the Greek Orthodox Church has included it in the Calendar due to a very important man, Apostle Iason or as he is also known Iason from Tarsus.
Iason is numbered among the Seventy Disciples.
Iason was born in Tarsus, and was appointed Bishop of Tarsus by the Apostle Paul. With the Apostle Sosipater he traveled to the island of Corfu where they built a church in honor of the Apostle Stephen the Protomartyr and converted many pagans to the Christian faith.
Seeing this, the king of Corfu threw them into prison where they converted seven other prisoners to the Christian faith. For their confession of Christ, the seven prisoners died as martyrs in a cauldron of molten tar, wax and sulfur.
When the daughter of the governor of Kerkyra (Korfu), the maiden Kerkyra, learned how Christians were suffering for Christ, she declared herself a Christian and gave away all her finery to the poor. The infuriated governor attempted to persuade his daughter to deny Christ, but St Kerkyra stood firm against both persuasion and threats.
The governor gave orders to throw the Apostles Jason and Sosipater into a cauldron of boiling tar. When he beheld them unharmed, he cried out with tears, “O God of Jason and Sosipater, have mercy on me!”
Having been set free, the Apostles baptized the governor and gave him the name Sebastian. With his help, the Apostles Jason and Sosipatros built several churches on the island, and increased the flock of Christ by their fervent preaching. They lived there until they reached old age.
The Greek Orthodox church celebrates the nameday of Iason on April 29th.
Nicknames deriving from the name Iason
Iason doesn’t have any nicknames or diminutives.
The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of name Iason
Iasonas is a very calm and intuitive person who can deal with problems. He is a dependable person who can fulfill hard projects.