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Persephone



Origin: Greek

Meaning: though the etymology behind the name is uncertain (very likely pre-Greek in origin), it could be derived from Greek phero (to bring) and phonos (slaughter or murder) meaning "bringer of death" or "bringer of destruction".

In Greek mythology, Persephone is the daughter of Demeter, the goddess of harvest and agriculture. One day when she is picking flowers she is kidnapped by Hades, king of the Underworld, to be his bride. When Demeter couldn't find her daughter anywhere, she refused to allow anything to grow in her despair and Zeus eventually sent Hermes to the underworld to retrieve Persephone but by then it was too late; she had eaten 6 pomegranate seeds which meant that she had to spend 6 months of the year in the underworld with Hades and 6 months in the upper world with her mother Demeter, which is why we have winter and spring.



Variants:
  • Persefoni 



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