Greek female names: popular and rare
The name is, perhaps, the first word thatmeets a new person. Different peoples have their own traditions of naming. But there is one thing that unites all people: when calling a child, parents are trying to convey to him something very important, immaterial - either spiritual qualities, or protection from misfortunes.
In Russia, with its Orthodox traditions,based on the Byzantine, above all, culture, Greek women's names are widespread, as well as men's. And often we do not realize their "alienation", do not perceive as foreign. So these beautiful Greek names have taken root in our culture. After all, Catherine is from there - "pure", Sophia is "wisdom", Xenia is "hospitable". Greek names and their meanings are described in detail in the literature on onomastics. Along with Hebrew (for example, Anna, Elizabeth) and Latin (Marina, Natalia), they are included in Orthodox saints, and in the culture of the peoples of America and Europe. Nicholas, Alexander, Alexei - all these popular to this day names come from Greece. Part of them we owe mythology. For example, Ariadne's rare name comes from the words "really like". According to legend, it was she who helped Theseus find a way out of the labyrinth.
Greek Female Names in Contemporary Cultureoften used in a modified form. For example, along with Evdokia there is a folk form of Avdotya. Xenia corresponds to the original form of Anisya (Ukrainian Oksana became an independent name). Praskovya - once very popular in the villages - comes from Eupraxia ("happiness, prosperity"). What can we say about recognizable forms: Nastasya - from Anastasia, Katerina (and even Rina) - from Catherine. Greek women's names are so firmly established that there are many diminutive caresses in them, in which, again, we do not always recognize the prototype. For example, Asya - from Anastasia, Shura - from Alexandra.