Ira or Hera is a female Greek name, one of the most known ancient Greek names.
The origins of the name Ira or Hera are somewhat uncertain; it is believed that name Ira derives from the word “iroas” which means hero, or the word “ero” which means “to choose”.
Sound of name Ira: Eé-rah
Male Version of name Ira: N/A
Nameday of Ira: N/A
Origin of name Ira
Ira is not a name included in the Orthodox calendar, which means that it does not have a name day and is not associated with a saint, martyr or blessed person of the Orthodox tradition.
The Greek goddess Hera
In Greek mythology, Ira or Hera was one of the Olympian Gods, the sister and wife of Zeus. She was the daughter or Rea and Cronus. Hera was the mother of Eve, Aris, Hephaestus and Eileithiia.
Hera was the patroness of marriage, the Goddess who was most concerned with the welfare of women and children.
Hera was an ancient goddess, existing long before the new gods, including Zeus. Her original cult was so strong that the newcomers to the Greek peninsula from the North had to acknowledge it and absorb it into their own religion by making Hera the consort of Zeus, the king of the Olympian Gods.
Hera was depicted as a young woman, fully clad and of regal beauty, sometimes wearing a high, cylindrical crown. Her emblems include a scepter topped with a cuckoo and a pomegranate, symbol of married love and fruitfulness. The bird sacred to Hera is the peacock, testifying to the services of the hundred-eyed Argus.
The marriage of Hera and Zeus was not a happy one, for Zeus was unfaithful to his wife and Hera was angry and jealous. She sought to avenge herself on Zeus and his loves in various ways.
Hera or Ira is called Juno in Latin.
Nicknames deriving from name Ira
Ira does not have any nicknames or diminutives
The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of name Ira
Ira is a smart and practical woman; she can be considered cunning, but she is always fond of large families.