Name: Aristaeus

Origin and Meaning of the Name Aristaeus

  • Meaning:
    Most excellent, most useful
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  • Meaning:
    Most excellent, most useful
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  • Gender:
    Boy
  • Pronunciation:
    (ahr ih STA us); (err ih STA us)
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    Aristaeus(also known as Aristaios) was the son of Apollon and Kyrene (also known as Cyrene). His name comes from the Greek word, aristos, meaning most excellent or useful. As a man, Aristaeus became a favorite of the Muse who made him the keeper of their flocks; he was called Hunter and Shepherd because he was so skillful with all types of animals. He is said to have taught the skill of beekeeping and of the treatment of milk to the Greeks. He is also said to have been the first to ever plant an olive tree. Thus, was considered god of shepherds and cheese-making, bee-keeping, honey, honey-mead, olive growing, medicinal herbs and the Etesian winds which eased the scorching heat of midsummer.

    It is said that his love of Eurydice contributed to her death, and her sisters sought revenge by taking Aristaeus's bees. He was able to get them back, eventually, due to the intervention and guidence of the Old Man of the Sea, Proteus.

    The star called Arista in the constellation of Virgo, the virgin, is in homage to Aristaeus/Aristaios. Virgo is an Earth sign and rules the harvest. It is only natural that a star honoring him is present within the constellation.

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