Name: Elektra

Origin and Meaning of the Name Elektra

  • Meaning:
    Shining; amber
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Girl
  • Pronunciation:
    (ee LEHK trah); (a LAKE trah)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Elektra)
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Miscellaneous Info for Elektra

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  • Used in:
    English and Greek speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    In Greek mythology Elektra was a daughter of King Agamemnon of Mycenae and his wife Clytemnestra. The king 'killed' her sister, Iphigeneia, in order to please the goddess Artemis so his ships could sail to Troy. The Queen, Clytemnestra, swore to never forgive him. When the King returned from the sacked city of Troy with his new slave and mistress Cassandra, Clytemnestra and her lover Aigisthos killed them both in cold blood. Elektra then aided her only brother Orestres to flee and later return to avenge their father's death.

    Elektra was the subject of multiple great Greek playwrights including Sophocles and Euripides.

    In addtion, Elektra complex is a psychiatric term; the female counterpart of the Oidipus complex. complex.

    130 Elektra is a very large outer main belt asteroid.

    Elektra Natchios, usually known only by her first name Elektra, is a fictional character in publications from Marvel Comics. Created by Frank Miller, the character first appeared in 1981. A movie, "Elektra", starring Jennifer Garner was made in 2005 about the character.

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