Persephone Name Meaning & Origin
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Persephone is the Greek goddess of Spring, daughter of Demeter and Zeus, and wife of Hades, King of the Underworld. Persephone was out picking flowers in the middle of spring when Hades saw her and coveted her beauty and cheerfulness. He wanted to bring the little bit of light and happiness he saw within her back to his dark and sad underworld filled with mournful souls. He opened up a great hole in the ground and took her with him. When Demeter noticed she was missing, she pleaded for her return but no one claimed to have seen who took her. Demeter searched far and wide for her beloved daughter. Finally, Helios, God of the Sun, who sees all. Tells her that Hades took her daughter. Furious, Demeter tells Persephone's father Zeus that Hades has her and she wants her back. Zeus tells her the sorrowful news that no one returns from the Underworld. Demeter decides that if she must go without her daughter then she, goddess of the Earth and weather, will make it freeze so nothing can grow. Her anger was so fierce, the people cried out for Zeus to stop the winter, they were dying, with no food or crops in the freezing cold. Zeus appealed to his brother that Persephone must come back. Zeus sends his messenger Hermes to the Underworld to retrieve Persephone, since he is the only god who can travel between worlds. As Persephone was leaving, Hades offered her some pomegranate seeds, knowing that she had eaten nothing during her stay. She ate 6 seeds, and when she came to the surface Zeus asked her if she had eaten any of the food because this would bind her to the Underworld forever, and she confessed that she had eaten six pomegranate seeds. Demeter was outraged but Zeus had to find a compromise. For every seed Persephone ate she would have to stay with her husband Hades in the Underworld for one month every year. This is the reason that it snows and freezes in the winter. Demeter is so angry that Persephone is gone she mourns for her and freezes the world, but when she is about to come back to her she becomes happy and makes it spring, when summer is here it is wonderful as Demeter is so happy, and the fall she becomes melancholy that her daughter will be leaving soon and then winter comes and her daughter is ripped from her once again.
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This is my sister's name, and we call her Perry as a nickname.
My daughter is named Persephone. I hated the name at first but warmed up to it. She has four siblings named Ellie, Maeve, Lucas, and Jak.
My daughter's name is Persephone Rose. She is a beautiful, active, smart little girl who is very proud of her name. I hope that never changes! My husband and I love Greek mythology and want to continue naming our children with Greek influences in mind. However for a boy we want to use Asher, a Hebrew name meaning a happy blessing!
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Sephy / Sephie / Seph
Persy / Persie
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Greek goddess of generation and death. Queen of Underworld;
Daughter of Zeus and Demeter (the goddess of the harvest);
Personification of spring.
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Persephone, according to Greek mythology, was the daughter of the god Zeus and the goddess Demeter. Persephone is a central character in a relatively well-known fable in which Persephone is kidnapped by the god of the underworld Hades,who she eventually marries.