Ancient Greek Names

A child was named on the seventh or tenth day after birth. The father chose the name and could could change it later if he wished. The eldest son was usually named after his paternal grandfather and subsequent children after other relatives. It was quite rare for a son to be named after his father although a derivative of the name or one containing one of the same elements might be used.

Name Elements

ander/andros Man


doro Gift


theo/thy God



From the late C5th BC, Athenian males were often identified by adding their father's name in the genitive case or that of their deme or tribe to their personal name. Foreigners also took the name of their town of country - Herodotus of Halicarnassus, the historian who lived in Athens. Nicknames were also common and could sometimes virtually supersede the original name. The philosopher 'Plato' was given this name which means 'broad' or 'wide' at the gymnasium and his own name, Aristocles after his grandfather, was hardly used.

Forms of names from older translations which are familiar in England are often being replaced by more phonetically correct versions. The ending '-dros' has been replaced by '-der' in English (Alexander for Alexandros) since medieval times. The hard 'k' sound has conventionally been written, and sometimes pronounced, as 'c' (Thucydides for Thukydides). Where a consonant preceded it, the '-os' ending was quite often dropped (Philip for Philippos). The final '-s' was not pronounced in names such as 'Krateros', hence the confusion over Alexander the Great's dying words - did he leave his kingdom to 'Krateros', his trusted soldier, or to 'kratisto', the strongest? The final '-n' is also dropped in some cases (Phaedo for Phaidon).

Abantes Abas Abascantus Abderos Aberkios Ablerus
Abreas Abronychus Abydos Acaeus Acamus Acessamenus
Acestes Aclepiades Acrisias Acrisius Acroneos Actor
Adeimanthos Adelphius Admetos Adrastos Adrastus Adrestus
Aeaces Aegaeon Aegicoros Aegisthes Aegon Aeimnestos
Aenesidemos Aeolus Aeropus Aeschreas Aesculapius Aesepus
Aeson Aesop Aetes Aethon Aetion Aetios
Aetolos Agamedes Agamemnon Agapenor Agapias Agastrophos
Agathocles Agathon Agelaus Agenor Agesilaus Agetos
Agis Agrias Aiantes Aias Aigeus Airopos
Aischylos Akadios Akamas Aktis Aktor Alastor
Alcaeos Alcandros Alcides Alcimos Alcinous Alcmaion
Alcman Alcon Alector Alektryon Aleuas Alexandros
Alexarchos Alexias Alexis Alexon Alkamenos Alkestis
Alketas Alkibiades Alkides Alkimachos Alkiphron Alkmaion
Aloeus Alphaeus Alpheos Alphesiboeus Alphios Altes
Alypius Amarinceus Ameinias Ameinokles Amiantos Amompharetos
Amopaon Amphiaraos Amphidamos Amphimachos Amphimnestus Amphinomous
Amphion Amphios Amphitrion Amyntas Amyntor Amyris
Amythaon Anabesineos Anacharsis Anakletos Anakreon Anastasios
Anaxagoras Anaxandridas Anaxandrides Anaxandros Anaxarchos Anaxilaus
Anaximander Anaximenes Anaxis Anaxos Anchialus Anchimolios
Anchises Ancus Andokides Andraemon Andreas Androbulos
Androcles Androdamos Androgeus Aneristos Aniketos Anisodoros
Antaeus Antagoras Antemion Antenor Anthemion Antichares
Antidoros Antigenes Antigonos Antikles Antilochus Antinous
Antiochus Antipatris Antipatros Antiphales Antiphones Antiphus
Antisthenes Anytos Anytus Apelles Apellicon Aphidnos
Apisaon Apollodoros Apollophanes Apollos Aratus Arcas
Arcesilaus Archagoras Archelaos Archeptolemus Archesilaus Archestratidas
Archilochus Archytas Arcidamus Arcturus Areilycus Areisius
Areithous Argades Argaeus Argos Aridolis Arion
Ariphron Aristaeus Aristagoras Aristaios Aristandros Aristarchos
Aristarchus Aristides Aristion Aristippus Aristoboulos Aristobulus
Aristocles Aristocypros Aristodemos Aristogeiton Aristomachos Ariston
Aristonous Aristonymos Aristophanes Aristophantes Aristos Aristotles
Aristoxenus Arrabaios Arridaios Arsenios Artemas Artemidoros
Artemios Artemisthenes Arybbas Asasthenes Ascalaphus Ascanius
Aschines Asius Asklepios Asonides Asopodoros Asopus
Asphalion Assaraeus Astacos Aster Asterion Asteropaeus
Astrabacus Astyanax Athamas Athenades Athenaeus Athenion
Athenodorus Atiphates Atreus Atrometos Attaginas Attaginos
Attalos Atymnius Atys Audax Augias Auletes
Autesion Autodikos Autolycus Autolykos Automedon Autonous
Axylus Azeus Bacchides Bacchios Bacchylides Bacenor
Bacis Baerius Balius Barates Bardas Basileides
Basileios Basilides Bathyaes Belos Bendis Bianor
Bias Bion Bisaltes Biton Blathyllos Boethus
Borus Boter Briareus Briarus Brison Brygos
Bucoli Bulis Burrhus Butacidas Callimachus Callimorphus
Carenos Carneades Carpophorus Carpus Casambus Castor
Ceas Cebriones Celeas Cephalos Cepheus Cephissos
Ceyx Chabrias Chaeremon Chairophon Chalcodon Chalcon
Charax Chares Charidemos Charilaus Charillos Charmides
Charon Charopos Cheiron Chersis Chileos Chilon
Choerilos Choeros Chremes Chremon Chremonides Chromis
Chromius Chrysaor Chryses Chrysippos Chrysogones Chrysogonus
Chrysolorus Cilix Cineas Cinyras Cisses Cisseus
Cleades Cleandros Cleathes Cleisthenes Cleobulus Cleodaeos
Cleombrotos Cleomenes Cleon Cleonicus Cleonymus Clinias
Clisthenes Clonius Clytius Clytomedes Cnoethos Cobon
Codros Coenus Coeranus Coes Cois Conon
Cöon Copreus Cordylion Coronos Corydallos Corydon
Crathis Cratinus Cratippus Cretheus Crethon Cretines
Crios Croesus Cronos Cteatus Ctesippus Cuphagoras
Cyberniskos Cycnus Cylon Cynaegiros Cyncus Cyneas
Cyniscus Cypselos Cyrenios Cytorissos Dadaces Daedalos
Daetor Damasippus Damasithymos Damasos Damastor Damian
Damianos Damiskos Damoetas Damon Danaos Danaus
Daphis Daphnis Dardanus Dares Davos Deinias
Deinokrates Deinomenes Deiotones Deiphobus Deiphonous Deipylus
Demades Demaratos Demarmenos Demas Demeas Demetrios
Democedes Democoön Demodocus Demokrates Demoleon Demonax
Demonous Demophlos Demosthenes Deon Derkylos Deukalion
Dexicos Dexios Diactorides Diadromes Diadumenus Diagoras
Dicaeus Dieneces Diocles Diodoros Diodorus Diokles
Diomedes Dionysios Dionysophanes Dionysos Diophantus Diores
Dioscuros Diotrephes Dismas Dithyrambos Dmetor Dolon
Dolops Doreios Doreius Dorian Doriskos Doros
Dorotheus Doryssos Dosithios Drimylos Dromeus Dryas
Dryops Ducetius Duris Dymas Dymnos Echëeus
Echekrates Echelaos Echemmon Echemus Echephron Echepolus
Echestratos Eetion Eioneus Eirenaios Elasus Elatos
Elatreus Eleon Elephenor Elpenor Elpides Elpidius
Empedocles Endios Endymion Engenes Eniopus Ennaeus
Ennomus Ennychus Enops Eos Epaenetus Epaphos
Epaphroditus Epeigeus Epeius Ephialtes Epicurus Epicydes
Epikrates Epimenes Epiphanes Epistor Epistrophos Epitrophos
Epizelos Erasistratus Eratosthenes Eratostheres Erechtheus Eretmenus
Ereuthalion Erginus Ergiyios Erichthonius Erxandros Eryalus
Erysichton Eryx Eryximachos Eteocles Eteokles Eteonous
Euaemon Eualcidas Euanthes Euarestos Eubalus Eubulus
Eucarpus Euchenor Eucleides Eudorus Eudoxsus Eudoxus
Euenius Euenor Euenus Eugammon Eugenios Eugenius
Euhemenis Euippus Eukles Eumaeus Eumastas Eumelus
Eumenes Eumneus Eumolpus Euneas Euonomos Eupalinus
Euphenes Euphorbos Euphorion Euphronios Eupolos Euripides
Euryanax Eurybates Eurybiades Eurycliedes Eurydamus Eurydemon
Eurydemos Euryhus Eurykrates Eurykratides Euryleon Eurylochos
Eurymachos Euryphon Eurypylos Eurystenes Eurysthenes Eurystheus
Eurysthios Eurythion Eurytos Eussorus Euthydemos Euthynos
Eutropios Eutuches Eutychides Eutychus Evaenetos Evagoras
Evandros Evanetus Evelthon Evenios Evenus Evios
Exaduis Exekias Faenus Galenus Gallus Ganymedes
Gauanes Geleon Gelo Gelon Gennadios Gerasimos
Giorgius Glaukias Glaukos Glycon Gnipho Gordias
Gorgias Gorgion Gorgos Gorgythion Gregorius Gryllus
Gurgos Gylippos Gyras Gyrtias Haemon Hagias
Hagnon Halisthertes Halius Harmatidas Harmocydes Harmodios
Harmon Harpagos Harpalion Harpalos Harpocras Hecataeus
Hegesandros Hegesistratos Hegetoridas Heirax Heiron Hektor
Helenos Helgesippos Helicaon Heliodorus Helios Helle
Hephaestos Herakleides Herakleitos Heraklides Hermeias Hermeros
Hermippos Hermogenes Hermolaos Hermolycus Hermon Hermotimos
Hero Herodes Herodianus Herodion Heromenes Hicetaon
Hiero Hieronymus Hipparchos Hipparinos Hippasus Hippias
Hippocoön Hippoklides Hippokratides Hippolytos Hippomachos Hippomenes
Hippon Hipponax Hipponicus Hipponous Hippotas Hippothous
Hippotion Hoiples Homeros Hyakinthos Hylas Hyllos
Hyllus Hypatius Hypeirochus Hypenor Hyperenor Hyperion
Hypsenor Hyrcanus Hyrtacus Hyrtius Iakchos Ialmenes
Iambulus Iamus Iasos Iatragoras Iatrokles Ibanolis
Ibykos Icarion Icarius Icarus Idaeus Idaios
Idas Idomeneus Ilioneus Illyrius Ilus Imbrasus
Imbrius Imbrus Inachos Inachus Inaros Iobates
Iolaos Iollas Ion Iphiclus Iphicrates Iphikrates
Iphinous Iphitos Iphitus Iros Irus Isagoras
Isandros Ischenous Isidor Isidoros Ision Ismaros
Ismenios Isocrates Isodemos Isokrates Itheus Itylus
Itys Kadmos Kaenas Kaeneus Kalchas Kalesius
Kaletor Kalliaros Kallias Kallikles Kallikrates Kallimachos
Kallinicus Kallinos Kallipides Kallipos Kallisthenes Kallon
Kameirus Kandaules Kannadis Kapaneus Kapys Karipos
Karopophores Kasos Kassandros Kaunos Kebalinos Kebes
Kekrops Keos Kephalon Kephalos Kerameikos Kerkyon
Keteus Kimon Kirphis Kittos Kleitos Kleobis
Kleomenes Koines Koinos Konon Koragos Korax
Kosmas Krantor Krateros Kreon Krinippos Kristos
Kritias Kritoboulos Kritodemos Kriton Kroisos Krokinos
Ktesiphon Kyknos Kynaegeiros Kyrillos Kyrios Kyros
Labdacus Labotas Laertes Lagos Laios Lamachos
Lampo Lampon Lampus Lamus Laodamas Laodocus
Laogonus Laomedon Laphanes Lasos Lasthenes Laureion
Leagros Leandros Learchos Leicritus Leitus Lemnus
Leo Leocedes Leodes Leon Leonidas Leonnatos
Leontiades Leontis Leoprepes Leotychides Lethos Leucippus
Leukos Lichas Licymnios Linus Loxias Lukos
Lycaon Lycaretos Lycidas Lycomedes Lycophon Lycophron
Lycoris Lycurgos Lycus Lydus Lygdamis Lykomedes
Lykon Lynceus Lysagoras Lysandros Lysanios Lysias
Lysikles Lysimachos Lysippos Lysippus Lysis Macar
Macarias Machaon Maeon Maiandrios Makarios Maleos
Males Mantes Mantios Marcion Marnes Maro
Maron Marsyas Mastor Matullus Mausolos Mecistes
Mecistios Medios Medon Medus Megadates Megakles
Megakreon Megapenthes Megareus Megasthenes Megathenes Meges
Megistias Meidias Melampos Melampus Melanippos Melanthios
Melanthos Melas Meleagros Melegros Meles Meliboeus
Melicertes Memnon Menalcas Menandros Menares Menekrates
Menelaos Menestas Menesthes Menesthios Menexinos Menoeces
Menoitios Mentes Mentor Meriones Mermerus Merops
Mesaulius Mesthles Methodios Metiochus Meton Metrobius
Metron Metrophanes Meurius Micythos Midas Midylos
Mikkos Mikon Milanion Miltiades Minos Misenus
Mnasyllus Mnesiphilos Mnester Mnesus Moeris Moliones
Molpagoras Monoecus Monomachus Mopsius Mopsus Morsimus
Morys Moschion Mulius Musaeus Musaios Mydon
Mygdon Myrsinus Myrto Mys Narkissos Nastes
Naubolus Naukles Nausithous Nauteus Nearchos Neleos
Nelpus Neokles Neoptolemos Neritos Nestor Niarchos
Nicandros Nicanor Nicholas Nicholaus Nicias Nicodromos
Nicolaus Nicomachos Nicon Nikandros Nikanor Nikasios
Nikeratos Nikias Nikomachos Nikomedes Nilus Nireus
Nisos Noemon Nomion Nothon Numa Nyctinus
Nymphicus Nymphodorus Ocealus Ochesius Ochos Ocytos
Odaenathus Odius Odysseus Oeagnus Oecleus Oedipus
Oenemaus Oeneus Oenomaus Oenopion Oenops Oicles
Oileas Oliatos Olus Olympicus Olympiodorus Onamakritos
Onesilos Onesimos Onesiphorus Onetas Onetor Onias
Onomastos Ophelestes Opites Ops Orcus Orestes
Oresus Orges Oribasius Orion Orius Oroites
Orpheus Orsilochus Orsiphantes Orthaeus Orythroneus Otreus
Otrynteus Otus Paeëon Paios Palaechthon Palaemon
Pallans Pallas Palmys Pammon Panaetios Panaetius
Panares Pandaros Pandion Panionos Panites Pankratios
Pantares Panthous Pantites Paopeus Paraebates Paris
Parmenides Parmenion Parthenopaeus Pasion Pataicos Patrobas
Patrobus Patroclus Patron Pausanius Pedaeus Pedasus
Pedocles Peirithous Peiros Peisandros Peithon Pelagon
Pelegon Peleus Pelias Pelicles Pelonus Pelopidas
Peneleos Peneus Pentheus Penthylos Peolpidas Perdikkas
Perdix Periandros Periclymenus Perieeres Perikles Perimedes
Perimos Periphas Periphetes Periscus Peritas Periumus
Peteos Peukestes Phaedo Phaenippos Phaeops Phaestus
Phaidon Phaidriades Phalanthus Phalces Phalinos Phanagoras
Phancis Phanes Phanias Phantias Pharnaces Phausius
Phegeus Pheidias Pheidippides Pheidon Phemius Phereclus
Pherecydes Pheres Pheronactus Phidias Phigaleios Philagros
Philaon Phileas Philemon Philetor Philiskos Philistos
Phillipos Philocion Philocrates Philoctetes Philocypros Philoetius
Philogus Philokles Philokrates Philolaos Philologus Philomen
Philomenes Philometer Philon Philonikos Philopoemon Philostratos
Philostratus Philotas Philotectes Philoxenos Philpoemon Phineus
Phintias Phlaris Phlegon Phlios Phoenix Phoibus
Phoinix Phoitios Phokas Phokion Phorbas Phorcys
Phormion Phormos Photius Phrixus Phrynichos Phrynikos
Phrynon Phylacus Phylas Pidytes Pigres Pinder
Pirithoos Pisistratos Pistias Pittacos Pittacus Pittheus
Pixodarus Plades Pleistarchos Pleistos Plutarch Podaeleirus
Podaleirus Podalinus Podarces Podargos Podaroes Podes
Poeas Poecas Poimen Polemion Poliadas Pollio
Polyas Polybius Polyctor Polydectes Polydeuces Polydius
Polydoros Polyeides Polygonus Polykleitos Polykles Polykritos
Polymedes Polyneices Polypemon Polyperchon Polyphemous Polyphetes
Polyphontes Polypoetes Polyxeinus Ponteus Porphyrios Porphyrius
Poseidon Posides Posidonios Potamon Pratinos Praxilaus
Praxis Praxiteles Praxites Prexinos Priam Prinetadas
Priskos Procrustes Proctus Proetus Prokles Prokopios
Prokrustes Proreus Protagoras Protesilaus Prothoenor Prothous
Protogenes Protus Proxenos Prymneus Prytanis Ptolemaios
Ptolomaeus Pylades Pylaemenes Pylaeus Pylartes Pylas
Pylenor Pyris Pyrrhus Pythagoras Pytheas Pythes
Pythios Pythogenes Radamanthos Rhadamanthos Rhesus Rhexenor
Ribes Rizon Sabas Sabyllos Salmoneus Sarpedon
Satyros Scaios Scamandius Scamandrius Schedius Scylax
Scyllias Scythas Sebastos Seisames Selagus Seldomus
Selepos Seleukos Sicinnos Siculus Silanos Silenos
Simmias Simo Simoisius Simonides Sinis Sinon
Sippas Siromos Sisyphus Skiron Smindyrides Smintheus
Socus Sophanes Sophokles Soranus Sosibios Sosicles
Sosigines Sosilus Sosimenes Sosipatros Sosthenes Sostias
Sostratos Spertias Speudon Speusippos Spinther Spirodion
Stachys Stentor Stesagoras Stesanor Stesilaus Sthenelaus
Sthenelus Stichius Stolos Strabo Strachys Stratios
Straton Strophantes Strophius Strymon Syagros Syennesis
Syloson Synesius Talaemenes Talaos Talaus Talos
Talthybios Tarchon Taureas Tebaeus Tecton Teiresias
Telamon Telekles Telemacho Telemachos Telemachus Telephos
Telephus Telesinus Telesphorus Telines Tellias Tellis
Telys Temenos Tenes Tenes Tenthredon Tereus
Terillos Teucer Teukros Teutamos Teuthranes Teuthras
Thales Thalpius Thalysios Tharybis Thaulos Thaumastus
Theagenes Theages Theas Theasides Themistius Theoclymnius
Theocydes Theodekles Theodoros Theodotus Theognis Theomestor
Theomestros Theophanes Theophrastos Theophrastus Theophylaktos Theopompos
Theopompus Theopropides Theoros Theos Theramenes Therapon
Theras Thero Theron Thersandros Therseandros Thersilochus
Thersites Thessalos Thestor Thettalos Thoas Thon
Thoön Thorax Thrasidaios Thrasilaus Thrasius Thrasybulos
Thrasyllus Thrasymedes Threspotus Thukydides Thyestes Thymoetes
Thymotes Thyrsis Thyrsos Timagenidas Timagoras Timais
Timanthes Timasion Timasitheus Timesithius Timnes Timoleon
Timon Timonax Timotheus Timoxenos Tiro Tirynthius
Tisamenos Tisandros Tisias Tithonius Titormos Tityrus
Tlepolemus Tmolus Trechus Triopas Triptolemus Triton
Troezenus Trophimus Trophnus Tros Trypho Turrianus
Tychaeus Tydeides Tydeus Tymnes Tyndareus Tyndarios
Ucalegon Vettias Xanthippos Xanthippus Xanthos Xenagoras
Xenokrates Xenophanes Xenophon Xiphilinus Xuthos Xuthus
Zagreus Zamolxis Zenicetes Zenodoros Zephyrinus Zethus
Zeuxidamos Zeuxis Zosimus      

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This collection of names compiled by Kate Monk. Copyright January 1997, Kate Monk. Last updated May, 99. Copies may be made for personal use only. home|Onomastikon home