From Andrew and Jason to Anthea and Helen, some of the most popular baby names of today actually come from ancient Greek mythology and its gods and goddesses.
Greek mythology is the ancient body of stories featuring heroes that could explain rituals and history to the people of the 5th Century.
The gods names are varied and interesting and each one has a rich and fascinating history, meaning they can make the perfect baby name.
Looking for Greek mythology baby name inspiration?
Here are the top 20 Greek mythology baby names
Greek God Baby Names for Boys
God of light, arts and knowledge
Apollo was the most beautiful god and the son of Zeus and Leto and twin of Artemis, he is considered to be the god of all gods.
Nicknames for Apollo: Pollo, Poll, Polo
Greek god of fire
Gender: MaleHephaestus was the son of Zeus and Hera, he crafted and served as a blacksmith to the gods.
Nicknames for Hephaestus: Heph, Heff, Hephy
King of the underworld
Pluto, often called Hades was brother to Zeus. He was banished to the underworld and had difficulty finding a mate so he made his own daughter Persephone marry him and become queen of the underworld.
Nicknames for Pluto: Plu, Plutes, Uto
King of the gods and god of the sky, thunder, lightning and fate
One of the most famous Greek gods and often considered the main leader and King of the Gods in Greek Mythology, Zeus was a leader from birth with even his siblings calling father rather than brother.
Nicknames for Zeus: Zoo, Z, Zeusy
God of war
Ares was one of the highest gods, he was god of war and represented bloodlust, courage and ferocity.
Nicknames for Ares: Arie, Ary, Res, Rez
God of strength and power
Kratos showed strength and power in everything he did. He was brother to Nike, Bia and Zelus and was amongst the first to stand alongside Zeus.
Nicknames for Kratos: Krat, Kray, Krate
God of travel and trade
Hermes was the messenger of the gods with extraordinary social skills and quick wit.
Nicknames for Hermes: Hermie, Herme, Herm, Mez, Mezzy
God of the sea
One of the most famous 12 gods and goddesses, Poseidon is son of Cronos and Rhea and brother to Zeus, Hades, Demeter, Hestia and Hera. He and his three brothers had equal ruling over the land but Poseidon was dangerously powerful.
Nicknames for Poseidon: Pos, Don, Donny, Donnie, Si, Sie
Greek god of the west wind
Zephyr (Zephyrus) not only was the god of the west wind but the god of spring and was husband to many wives.
Nicknames for Zephyr: Zeph, Zephy, Zep, Zeppy, Z, Zee
God of wine
Also known as Bacchus, Dionysus was known as the liberator whose wine would make his followers free. He was the son of Zeus and Persephone.
Nicknames for Dionysus: Di, Dion, Seez, Dio, Diony
Greek Goddess Names for Girls
Greek goddess of wisdom and intelligence (variation: Antheia)
One of the most powerful goddesses, Athena was one of Zeus’ many daughters. It is said she came out of the womb in armour ready for battle.
Nicknames for Athena: Attie, Thena, Ath, Eena, Na, Athy, At
Goddess of Earth
Gaia is the mother of Earth, she was the creator of the sky and the sea. Which is why one of her offspring was called Uranus.
Nicknames for Gaia: G, Gae, Gay, Guy
Greek goddess of hunting and the moon
Artemis was not only a hunter but a healer who had a way with animals. She was twin brother to Apollo and daughter of Zeus and Leto.
Nicknames for Artemis: Art, Artie, Arty, Arta
Greek goddess of love, desire and pleasure
Known by the Romans are Venus, Aphrodite was described as one of the most beautiful greek goddesses.
Nicknames for Aphrodite: Aphy, Dite, Aphro, Affy, Afro
Goddess of goddesses, women and marriage
Also known as the queen of Gods, Hera means Lady and was considered the alpha female of all of the goddesses.
Nicknames for Hera: Hery, Heri, Hey, H
Goddess of Spring
Persephone was married to the God of the underworld, Pluto but in spring should would return to Earth to inspire new life.
Nicknames for Persephone: Persy, Percy, Per, Perse, Pers
Goddess of victory
Nike also known by the Romans as Victoria means victory. She and her siblings (Kratos, Bia and Zelus) represented four strong gods and goddesses.
Nicknames for Nike: Ni, Nikey, Nik, Nikki, Nicky
Greek goddess of the rainbow
Iris was a rainbow goddess and also messenger of the gods, she was the daughter of Thaumas and Electra.
Nicknames for Iris: Irie, Iri, Ire
Goddess of the moon
Selene or Luna was goddess to the moon and worshipped Apollo, the god of the sun.
Nicknames for Selene: Sel, Sellie, Sely, Seli, Sels, Leena, Leenie
Goddess of force
One of the powerful four, Bia was known for her fiery temper and passion.
Nicknames for Bia: Vee, B, V, Vivi