Ancient Greek Names

Ancient Greek Baby Names

Ancient Greek baby names are the names that were used in Ancient Greece in the first millennium BC. At that time Greek civilization was ruling the Mediterranean, helping the wide spread of Greek names through that region, especially to Romans and Ancient Egyptians but also Africa and many parts of Asia. Later, the Greek culture and people felt in Judea during the time of Christ, that’s why there is a large amount of Greek Names in the New Testament (Bible).

Ancient Greeks had no middle or last name; they were identified by their unique first name and the ethnicity or city they came from along with the patronymic name of their father. (Herodotus of Halicarnassus-‘Ηρόδοτος ο Αλικαρνασσεύς’, the historian who lived in Athens).

Most Ancient Greek names are dithematic (of two elements) either simple derived from a noun or adjective along with a suffix e.g. Philippos-‘Φίλιππος‘, from ‘philli’ (friend) and ‘ippos’ (horse). See also Greek Mythological names and Greek Names for more information about mythological boy names and mythological girl names inspired from Ancient Greek Mythology, along with name meaning, pronunciation and other useful information.

Ancient Greek baby name meanings

Ancient Greece is considered to be the cradle of western civilization and is the birthplace of many famous philosophers, kings and heroes. The time period of the Ancient Greek civilization existed between the archaic periods of 8th to 6th century BC to the end of antiquity i.e. 6th century AD. Ancient Greek civilization gave the western world philosophy, literature, democracy, arts and sculptures and founded the Olympic Games among others. The ancient Greeks were known to be pioneers in formulating logically valid ideas for democracy, government, science, theory, religion, and fine arts. They were truly unique in all aspects of life.

Ancient Greek names have inspirational meanings and are an exceptional choice as boy names and girl names as they “transfer” the greatness of this Ancient civilization and culture to today. These names are commonly used in Greece and all over Europe as many of these names were transmitted by the New Testament and as Saint Names of Orthodox Christianity.

Below you will find our wide selection of Ancient Greek boy names and Ancient Greek girl names, as categorized by our name experts research, our readers feedback and other sources. Click on a name to read the meaning, popularity, pronunciation and other useful information.