Name: Hippolytus

Origin and Meaning of the Name Hippolytus

  • Meaning:
    Loosener of horses
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  • Meaning:
    Loosener of horses
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    (hee POL ee tus)
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    From the Greek Hippolytos (freer/loosener of horses).

    In Greek mythology, Hippolytus 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 Hippolytus had raped her. Theseus believed her and in his fury, using one of the three wishes he had received from Poseidon, cursed Hippolytus. Hippolytus' horses were frightened by a sea monster and dragged their rider to his death. Alternatively, Dionysus sent a wild bull that terrified Hippolytus' horses, causing them to drag Hippolytus to his death.

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