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  • Ajax 2 of 13
    AJAX

    Ancient Greek Baby Names for the Olympics

    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: Eagle

    Ajax was a mythological Greek hero famous for his strength and courage during the Trojan War. Although he never lived at Mt. Olympus with the Olympian gods, his athleticism and vigor would almost certainly earn him a spot in today's games.
  • Apollo 3 of 13
    APOLLO

    Ancient Greek Baby Names for the Olympics

    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: Destroyer

    Apollo, one of the original 12 Olympian deities, was the god of music, light, and poetry. But don't let those softer qualities fool you — Apollo's are still poised to destroy the competition; just look at American speed skater Apolo Ohno, an eight-time Olympic medalist!
  • Ares 4 of 13
    ARES

    Ancient Greek Baby Names for the Olympics

    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: God of War

    Ares, another resident of Mt. Olympus, was the Greek god of war. His Roman name, Mars, is the root of the word "martial" — perhaps an inspiration for your tot to rise to the top in an Olympic sport like Judo.
  • Jason 5 of 13
    JASON

    Ancient Greek Baby Names for the Olympics

    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: Healer

    In Greek mythology, Jason was the leader to a group of warriors, the Argonauts, in their quest to find the Golden Fleece. This name might just encourage your own little one go on his quest for a different kind of gold, just like American swimmer Jason Lezak, a four-time gold medalist!
  • Orion 6 of 13
    ORION

    Ancient Greek Baby Names for the Olympics

    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: Son of Fire

    According to Greek mythology, Orion was a hunter and the son of sea-god Poseidon (talk about having a lot to live up to). After his death, Zeus placed Orion among the stars, hence the famous constellation. With this name, your son is sure to be a star of Olympic proportions in his own right!
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  • Athena 8 of 13
    athena

    Ancient Greek Baby Names for the Olympics

    Origin: Greek
    Meaning
    : Wise

    Athena, goddess of war and wisdom, and one of the 12 original Olympians, was born on her father Zeus' head. (We're lucky the birthing process isn't quite so bizarre these days.) Her namesake city of Athens, Greece was the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and most recently the 2004 summer games.
  • Helen 9 of 13
    HELEN

    Ancient Greek Baby Names for the Olympics

    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: Sun Ray

    Helen, the mortal daughter of Greek god Zeus, was abducted by a Trojan prince, which set off the Trojan War and earned her the title, "The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships." If you would cross the ocean and fight an army for your little girl, this might be one to consider.
  • Iris 10 of 13
    IRIS

    Ancient Greek Baby Names for the Olympics

    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: Rainbow

    According to myth, Iris was a messenger-goddess who rode rainbows from Mt. Olympus to deliver messages from the gods to mortals on Earth. With this name, your daughter might also transcend the gap between mortal … and Olympian!
  • Penelope 11 of 13
    PENELOPE

    Ancient Greek Baby Names for the Olympics

    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: Weaver

    In Greek mythology, Penelope was the wife of Greek warrior Odysseus; she waited faithfully for 20 years for his return from the Trojan War. That kind of patience and dedication is just what your daughter will need to become a great Olympic athlete — or succeed at whatever she sets her mind to.
  • Phoebe 12 of 13
    phoebe

    Ancient Greek Baby Names for the Olympics

    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: The Shining One

    Phoebe was known as the goddess of the moon and an ancestor of the Greek Olympians. Modern-day Olympic athletes who share this name include American gymnast and 1988 bronze medalist Phoebe Mills and Australian rower Phoebe Stanley, who is making her Olympic debut in the 2012 London summer games.
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