Panagiota: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Panagiota
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One of the most common female Greek names. PRONUNCIATION: Pah-nah-YAW-tah
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Grandmother names are commonly selected for female children in Greece and the Greek diaspora, contributing to the very strong popularity of this name through the ages.
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Yiotta, Giotta, Gigi, Penny, Betty, Pam, Giota, Patricia, Patty
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Panagiota is derived from the common Greek name for the Virgin Mary, "Panagia". In English, the name directly translates to "all holy". The prefix "pan-" is the Greek word for "all" or "complete" and is commonly used as a prefix in English language (eg. panorama, pantheon, panacea, pandemic etc). The root word "agia" is the Greek word for "holy" (Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul = Cathedral of the Holy Wisdom).
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The Virgin Mary.
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Panagia is the traditional defender of women and families. She is also the patron saint of the Christian Byzantine Empire and the city of Constantinople, or modern day Istanbul. The Crescent and Star symbol of Islam is derived from the two pre-Islamic patrons of the city of Constantinople. The crescent moon was the pre-Christian symbol of Greek Goddess Diana (goddess of the hunt) and the star is the Christian Star of Bethlehem and symbol of the Panagia. The combined symbol became generally associated with Islam following Islamic conquest of the city in 1456.