Name: Arethusa

Origin and Meaning of the Name Arethusa

  • Meaning:
    The waterer
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  • Gender:
    Girl
  • Pronunciation:
    (ar eh THOO sah)
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    In Greek mythology Arethusa was a nymph who turned into a fountain after Alpheus tried to seduce her and she sought the protection of Artemis. Artemis hid Arethusa in a cloud, but Alpheus followed and Arethusa started to sweat in panic, turning into a stream. Artemis let Arethusa escape into a crack in the ground in hope of still escaping from Alpheus. Arethusa then ended up as a fountain in Ortygia, although Alpheus had mixed with her waters while in the ocean.

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