Galatea Name Meaning & Origin

Galatea

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Galatea is a Greek name stemming from old literature. It is pronounced gal-ah-TEH-ah.

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My second daughter's name is Galatea. We call her Teya for short - adding the 'y' seems necessary as most people think we're talking about a steeped beverage in stead. My Galatea is a sweet, helpful, sensitive, goofy and affectionate little Capricorn.

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Galatea has been said to mean either "silky-skin" "milk-white" or a combination of the two.

In the story of Pygmalion, a sculptor creates a work of art to honor the goddess of love, Aphrodite. He becomes so taken with the statue that he falls in love. The Goddess is touched by his dedication and makes the statue come to life to be his bride.

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Aside from Pygmalion, the name also appears in a few other old tales, such as Theocritus's Idylls. Pygmalion served as inspiration for plays and even the musical My Fair Lady.

A character in Bicentennial Man is also called Galatea.

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