31 Names of Phoenician Origin for Boys and Girls
The kings of the Mediterranean have re-emerged and therefore, we invite you to delve into the world of the Phoenicians with this list of 31 names of Phoenician origin for boys and girls. Perhaps among them is the one you’ll choose for your future baby.
Although the Phoenician alphabet has nothing to do with the Latin alphabet (since it consisted of 22 letters, only consonants), the truth is that we’ve Latinized the names for you, while always respecting their original meaning.
Discover these names of Phoenician origin for children
As the book Phoenicians and Carthaginians in the Mediterranean Sea explains, Phoenicia is the name of a Phoenician woman. The book also explains that Phoenicia is the name of an ancient Near Eastern region that occupied the current areas of Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine. Unlike other cultures, it left an important legacy for later civilizations. Among them, an alphabet of their own.
The Phoenicians were known as a strong, conquering people, with children who were ready to fight and to win every battle. Therefore, the following options mark those characteristics that parents wanted to give their children so that they would have a prosperous legacy.
Also, according to an article published by the Journal of Ancient History (Geryon), the trail of Phoenician gods has been the subject of study for centuries. Today, some of their names have been discovered and may be perfect for your future baby as well. Especially if you love mythological choices.
Names for girls of Phoenician origin
- Adama: for the baby who will be a “beautiful girl”.
- Adonia: meaning “my lord is God“.
- Ayin: alludes to the “eye”. In fact, it’s a letter of the Phoenician alphabet.
- Batnoam: for the one who will be a “lovely daughter”.
- Cabiria: a feminine name of Phoenician origin meaning “great”, “strong”, “powerful”.
- Coriander: this is the seed from which the Cilantro plant is known.
- Dido: means “virgin”. It was the name of a legendary princess of Tyre who, after fleeing her homeland, founded the city of Carthage, of which she was queen. In The Aeneid, Virgil narrates the love affairs of Dido and Aeneas, with the queen’s suicide after the Trojan’s departure.
- Phoenicia: What name could be more Phonecian than this one?
Goddess names of Phoenician origin
- Anaid: the Phoenician divinity of water and fertility, similar to the Venus of the Romans. She possessed attributes of Venus, Minerva, Ceres, and Diana.
- Anat: the wife of Baal, she had powers over fertility and war. She wasn’t only venerated by the Phoenicians but was also worshipped in ancient Egypt.
- Asherah: known to be the mother of the gods.
- Astarte: the main goddess worshipped in Sidon. She had powers over fertility but was also the patroness of sailors, warriors, and hunters.
- Tanith or Tinnit: “the snake woman” is the most important goddess in Carthaginian mythology. Therefore, she’s the divinity of the moon, sexuality, fertility, and war, as well as the consort of Baal and patroness of Carthage. She was also worshipped in Egypt and Hispania (Ibiza).
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Phoenician Names for Boys
- Abibaal: means “my father is Baal”.
- Adad: means “shock, roar”.
- Adonis: “Lord”. In fact, it’s a Semitic choice and Adonai is also used to refer to Yahweh in the Old Testament.
- Ahirom: means “my brother is exalted”.
- Amilcar: for “he who rules the city”.
- Amilcare: alludes to “Melkart’s friend”.
- Hannibal: its origin is Phoenician-Carthaginian and means “blessed by the grace of Baal”. Hannibal was a famous Carthaginian general born in Carthage in 246 BC.
- Baldo: “Lord protector of the king”. Baltser (Baltazar) also shares the same meaning.
- Belshazzar: also means “God or Lord who protects the king”.
- Hailama: textually, it means “my brother is exalted”. At the same time, the following variants also exist with the same meaning: Hiram, Hyrum.
Names of gods of Phoenician origin for boys
- Aleyin: the Phoenician god of meteorology. Son of Baal and brother of Anat, he was in charge of the sacrifices and of keeping the gods alive.
- Baal: according to the Old Testament, he refers to the Mesopotamian god Bel (assimilated by the Greeks and Romans as Jupiter or Zeus).
- Dagon: his name was used to refer to three different gods: A god who fought against Baal, a sea god, or a Sumerian god of fertility.
- Eshmun: worshipped mainly in Sidon and Cyprus, he had several temples and was worshipped as a healing god. In addition, various dances were performed in his honor.
- Chusor: the first navigator of mankind and the discoverer of fishing. He was considered the god of blacksmiths and armorers, as well as the builder of Baal’s palace.
- Melcart: of Canaanite origin, he is the protector of the city of Tyre. When the peninsula was Romanized, this god became known as Hercules for being the “king of the city”. In fact, the Tyrians founded his temple next to the city of Cadiz.
- Moloch: supreme god, bloodthirsty, and protector of the city of Carthage. In addition, he was represented with the body of a man and the head of a bull.
- Reshef: warrior god. As in the previous case, his worship reached Ancient Egypt.
The ancestors light your way with these names of Phoenician origin
We hope these options have helped you choose the right name for your future baby. What’s more, maybe this is the end of your search if you’re thinking of giving them an original name but with tradition and a lot of history.
Maybe you didn’t know of this ancient people before. If so, we hope you’ve delved a little deeper into their culture and have understood the thinking of Phoenician parents when choosing the name of their future offspring.It might interest you...
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