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Persephone is a rare and beautiful name. Maybe you are thinking about calling your daughter Persephone or have a friend called it and are after a cute nickname for them.
In this article, we have put together some of our favorite nicknames for Persephone. Many of them are uncommon as is the name itself.
And although many names are directly derived from the name Persephone, there is always the opportunity to create a nickname from a personal experience with that particular person.
But first of all, let’s take a quick look at the meaning of the name Persephone and where it comes from.
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The Meaning Of Persephone
The name Persephone is of Greek origin and means bringer of destruction. Persephone is the name of the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, the queen of the harvest.
After she was kidnapped by Hades to become the queen of the underworld, Zeus declared that she would spend six months of the year with her mother and the other six months in mourning – thus accounting for the changing seasons.
Although, Persephone is often associated with the underworld and misery. But despite this Persephone has a light and lyrical being and with springtime and the harvest.
She was also the goddess of spring growth. The character Persephone was seen in the Matrix movies and could make a great alternative to Stephanie.
Nicknames For Persephone
Famous People Named Persephone
It will not surprise you that there are not many people named Persephone let alone famous people. Here are a few namesakes that we have found from past and present.
- Persephone Swales-Dawson – A British television actress most famous for her role in Hollyoaks.
- Persephone Apostolou – American actress is known for her roles in The Last Ship, 7 Witches, and Fantastic.
- Persephone Vandegrift – A multi-award-winning screenwriter and playwright.
- Mistress Persephone – American actress in the adult film world.
Persephone Is Known By Other Names
- Kore – she is sometimes known by the name Kore – maiden, the origin of the name Cora.
- In Roman mythology, Persephone becomes Proserpina or Proserpine.
- In other Greek stories, Persephone is sometimes known as Persephoneia, Persephassa, Persephatta, Pherepapha, Periphona, or Phersephassa.
- There is a separate figure called Persa who is the daughter of Oceanus.
- There is also Persephione who is the daughter of a king and a nymph.
The variety of different Greek versions does show that there is some uncertainty around the origins of the name.
One view is that the name comes from the word pertho which means to destroy. Another is herein meaning bringer of death and others suggest that the name is linked to the color blue.
All of this uncertainty and debate around the origin and meaning of the name Persephone would suggest that the name is actually an import, borrowed from an earlier language.
The names Demeter and Persephone date back to 1500 BC, which is centuries before the Ancient Greek civilization.
The Final Thought
Persephone is a rare and beautiful name that is rarely seen in the classrooms. Although it has a dark history and meaning it would still make a great name for a modern little girl.
The name also has some super cute nicknames such as Sephie and Percie. So if you fancy a name that is somewhat outside the box Persephone is a great choice.