Name: Orpheus

Origin and Meaning of the Name Orpheus

  • Meaning:
    Darkness
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  • Gender:
    Boy
  • Pronunciation:
    (OR fee uhs)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Orpheus)
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    English speaking countries
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    Orpheus was a poet and musician in Greek mythology who travelled to the Hades to retrieve his beloved dead wife Eurydice.
    Several etymologies for the name Orpheus have been proposed. A probable suggestion is that it is derived from a hypothetical verb *orbhao-, "to be deprived". It might be related to Greek orphe, "darkness", and Greek orphanos, "fatherless, orphan", from which comes English "orphan" by way of Latin.

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