Sappho or Sapfo

Sappho or Sapfo is a female Greek name which is known in Greece since the antiquity.

The name Sappho possibly derives from the Greek word σαπφειρος (sappheiros) meaning “sapphire” or “lapis lazuli”.

Name Sappho is mostly known due to the famous Greek poet Sappho who lived on the island of Lesbos at the 7th century BC.

sappho female name

Sound of name Sappho: Sa-pfó

Male Version of name Sappho: N/A

Nameday of Sappho: September 1st

Origin of name Sappho – The 40 Virgins

Although Sappho is an ancient Greek name, it is included in the Greek Orthodox Calendar as one of the 40 Virgins that were brutally murdered.

According to the story the 40 virgins were 40 students that were arrested and tortured to death by Licinius, the ruler of Thrace because of their faith. The young women refused to pray and believe in pagan symbols, and were executed for their beliefs.

The Greek Orthodox church celebrates the nameday of the 40 Virgins, and thus the nameday of  Sappho, on September 1st, along with other female names such as  Erato, Antigoni and more.

Nicknames deriving from name Sappho

Sappho does not have any nicknames or diminutives, as most of the ancient Greek names.

The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of name Sappho

Sappho is a strong woman, very decisive but also very sensitive. She has a natural inclination towards the arts, and she is very fond of the family.

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