A god’s name as a pet name is an especially good fit for dogs, but would also work well for horses, noble cats or birds. And it’s not just the gods that would make for wonderful pet names. Greek mythology also includes plenty of demi-gods, heroes, humans, animals and monsters. Let us introduce you to a few of them, and tell you which animals would suit these names.
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|Aphrodite||Goddes of beauty|
|Apollo||God of fine arts|
|Ares||God of war|
|Artemis||Goddes of the hunt|
|Athene||Goddes of wisdom, strategy and war|
|Hades||God of the underworld|
|Hera||Goddess of family|
|Heracles||God of power|
|Hermes||God of thieves, merchantes and travelers|
|Calypso||Nymph; daughter of Titan Atlas|
|Nike||Goddess of victory|
|Persephone||Goddess of the underworld|
|Poseidon||God of the sea|
|Zeus||King of the gods|
Demigods, heros and humans
|Achilles||Hero; only vulnerable spot: his heel|
|Cassandra||Daughter of King Priam; spoke true prophecies, but nobody believed her|
|Odysseus||Hero, took 10 years to find his way back home|
|Orpheus||Musician and poet|
|Pandora||Her box contained illnessses and death ("Pandora's box")|
|Penelope||Wife of Odysseus|
|Perseus||Son of Zeus|
• Pegasus – the winged horse
Could any name be better for a horse? Pegasus was a beautiful, white steed with large wings. He is a symbol for wisdom and poetry.
• Hydra – the snake monster
Hercules, son of Zeus, had twelve tasks to complete. One was to defeat the Hydra. It was a giant, terrifying snake with nine heads (although it’s sometimes said to have just seven heads). No problem, thought Hercules: “Al I need to do is chop its heads off with my sword.” But it wasn’t as easy as that. For each head that was chopped off, two new heads grew back! So, it was impossible to kill the Hydra. Hercules just made it stronger and more dangerous. But he had an idea: he burnt the necks with a torch so that no more heads could grow back. Hydra is a great name for snakes, other reptiles or animals that are especially strong and robust.
• Phoenix – a bird from the ashes
The phoenix is a mythological bird that reawakens from the ashes after it dies. It is the symbol of the sun and time, and looks like a large eagle. A wonderful name for a bird!
• Medusa – with snakes for hair
Medusa didn’t have normal hair. She had snakes on her head. That’s creepy enough, but the scariest thing about her was that anyone that looked her in the eye turned to stone. How could anyone destroy such a monster? To kill Medusa, Perseus was given a magic hood from the nymphs. This let him sneak in unnoticed while she slept. Still: he had to see where he was swinging his sword. Thankfully, the goddess Athena had given him a mirrored shield. He was able to look at Medusa’s reflection and defeat her. If your pet sometimes has a very evil expression - e.g. a Persian cat - Medusa could be the perfect name. It would also suit snakes, reptiles, female dogs with long hair or Guinea pigs with bangs. What do you think?
• Areion – the wonder horse
A very lovely name for a horse, if a little unusual. He was invincible and nobody could defeat him. And he could talk.
• Harpy – human bird of prey
In Greek mythology, harpies are female monsters with human faces and the bodies of birds of prey. They are as swift as the wind and cannot be wounded. If you have a cheeky parrot or budgie, a name like this could be a good fit.
• Minotaur and centaur – half human, half animal
The Minotaur had a human body and the head of a bull. The centaur, however, had a human head and the body of a horse. Both would be lovely names for horses, with Minotaur being best for large, strong horses with the temperament of a bull.