Ianthe

Ianthe Meaning and Origin

Ianthe is a girl’s name of Greek origin, meaning: “violet flower.” In Greek mythology, Ianthe was a sea nymph and daughter of the god Oceanus. The name is pronounced eye-AN-thee. Ianthe has been used as a name for girls since ancient times and has enjoyed occasional popularity throughout history. It is relatively rare in modern times, but still occasionally used as a name for girls. In literature, the name Ianthe has been used by various authors, including Percy Bysshe Shelley, who used it in his poem “Queen Mab” and Mary Shelley, who used it in her novel “Frankenstein” as the name of Victor Frankenstein’s love interest.

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