Orestis is a Greek male name that comes from the Greek Mythology and History. Although it was not a very common name in the past, Greeks tend to give more ancient Greek names to their children today, and Orestis is a very beloved name, commonly used in urban centers and the islands of the Aegean Sea. Orestis comes from the ancient Greek words “oros” (mountain) and “istamai” (standing) and , thus, refers to hill folks, or to “he who stands on the mountains”.
Female Version of Name Orestis: Orestiada
Nameday of name Orestis: November 10th
Origin of name Orestis
The name Orestis refers mostly to the historical figure Orestis, son of Agamemnon king of Mycenae and Clytemnestra. The family of Agamemnon and the numerous stories associated with it have been used by many artists, poets and painters throughout history. Orestis was a noble man, a prince, but he is mostly known as a killer of his mother, Clytemnestra, who had an affair with Aegisthus, while Agamemnon and the Greeks were at Troy, fighting the Trojan War.
Orestis is the main character in many ancient Greek tragedies, written mostly by Sophocles and Euripides. Oresteia by Euripides is a tragedy bearing the character’s name.
Nicknames deriving from name Orestis
Finding a nickname from name Orestis is rare, if non existing at all. All boys bearing the name Orestis are traditionally called this way. In Cyprus though, there is the name Arestis, considered to be an alternative version of name Orestis. Orestis can also be spelled “Orestes”.
The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of the name Orestis
Orestis is simple and modest, quite beloved by his family, friends and entourage. He always tries to avoid quarrels and fights and he is looking at solving people’s problems. Sometimes he neglects himself, or undermines his abilities.