Echo Name Meaning & Origin

Echo

Pronunciation: EHK-ko (key)

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I hated my name when I was growing up; it was so different, and kids are cruel. I hated my name for a long time, but as I got older I got used to it; now I can't imagine having any other name. I love my name! People rarely forget it because it's so unusual, and nobody knows how to spell it even though it's spelled just like the word. I can laugh about it now, and I wouldn't change it for the world.

My parents were on the tail-end of the hippy era. Luckily, I was given the name Echo instead of Moonchild or Starflower. I've always loved my name. It's unusual enough that people remember it and it can be a good topic of conversation, but not so weird that I ever got teased for it other than a playful repeating of my name (usually by "funny" adults!).

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The name Echo came from the history of an mythical monster named the Siren. Many may know it from pirate movies or horror films. I speak of a very different Siren. Odysseus's Siren to be exact. Horrid bird ladies. But if you heard only the echo (hence the name) it could have extraordinary healing powers. So dangerous was the risk though it was rarely tried. Some crazy lady decided to have her ill, deformed baby taken to hear the Sirens. Risking her life, and her baby's life, she caught the echo of a injured Siren. One far to weak to do any damage. The baby was healed. Then named Echo in name of its first saving grace.

In Greek mythology, Echo was a mountain nymph who resided on Mount Cithaeron. Zeus loved consorting with beautiful nymphs and often visited them on Earth. Eventually, Zeus's wife, Hera, became suspicious, and came from Mt. Olympus in an attempt to catch Zeus with the nymphs. Echo, by trying to protect Zeus (Zeus ordered her to protect him), endured Hera's wrath, and Hera made her only able to speak the last words spoken to her. So when Echo met Narcissus and fell in love with him, she was unable to tell him how she felt and was forced to watch him as he fell in love with himself.

Famous real-life people named Echo: | Edit

Echo Johnson, a model and actress
Echo, a reggaeton producer
Echo Love Hexum (b. 2009), daughter of American singer, songwriter, and rapper Nick Hexum

Echo in song, story & screen: | Edit

Rock band: Echo and the Bunnymen
Echo, a mountain nymph from Greek mythology
Echo, character in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse

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