Name: Hippolytos

Origin and Meaning of the Name Hippolytos

  • Meaning:
    Loosener of horses
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Boy
  • Pronunciation:
    (hee POL ee TOS)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Hippolytos)
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Miscellaneous Info for Hippolytos

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  • Used in:
    Greek speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    From the Greek 'hippos' (a horse) and 'lyein' (to loosen, to free).

    In Greek mythology, Hippolytos was a son of Theseus and either Antiope or Hippolyte.
    He rejected the advances of Phaedra, his stepmother, the second wife of Theseus. Spurned, Phaedra told Theseus that Hippolytos had raped her. Theseus believed her and in his fury, using one of the three wishes he had received from Poseidon, cursed Hippolytos. Hippolytos' horses were frightened by a sea monster and dragged their rider to his death. Alternatively, Dionysus sent a wild bull that terrified Hippolytos' horses, causing them to drag Hippolytos to his death.
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