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Amethyst is a unique baby name for girls. Renowned as a gemstone since antiquity, the name went on to become a sterling choice throughout the 20th century. Amethyst Hornblower is the name of a character in The Hobbit series, and Amethyst Amy Winston is also a heroine in the DC Comics universe. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the Name Amethyst

Amethyst originated during the classical era. It is a combination of the Greek negative prefix ἀ (meaning “not”) and the root μέθυστος or methystos (meaning “intoxicated” or drunk”). The implication was that the purple gemstone was a cure for intoxication or drunkenness. Amethyst is also the traditional birthstone for the month of February.

Amethyst originates from the Greek word αμέθυστος (amethystos). This word means “not drunk,” and it referred a belief that the amethyst could prevent intoxication. Ancient Greeks wore amethyst amulets and carved drinking goblets from amethyst quartz. The symbol of amethyst is the violet gemstone.

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Nicknames for Amethyst

The name Amethyst evokes feelings of protection and positivity. For a bright and positive nickname, it's important to pair it with a great nickname. We've created a list of fun options below for you to choose from or to help you get inspired.

  • Amie
  • Amy
  • Gem
  • Gemmy
  • Am
  • Thyst
  • Thistle
  • Thisty

Amethyst Name Details

Style: Classic

Gender: Neutral

Pronunciation: AM-ə-thist

Syllables: Three

Alternative Spelling for Amethyst

  • Amathyst
  • Amethist

Amethyst Name Popularity

According to the Social Security Administration index, Amethyst was the 1,147th most popular baby name for girls in 2021.

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  • Amrit
  • Ayaat
  • Anahit
  • Alexis 
  • Agnes
  • Artemis
  • Amaryllis

Great Middle Names for Amethyst and Their Meanings

  • Adele (noble, nobility, princess)
  • Bronte (thunder, she who bestows)
  • Chloe (young green shoot, springtime, bloom)
  • Iole (violet, aurora, dawn)
  • Jenna (fair goddess, white enchantress, blessed spirit)
  • Melva (gentle chieftain, council protector, strong friend)
  • Nechama (consolation, comfort)
  • Olympe (woman from Mount Olympus)
  • Sophia (wisdom)
  • Taylor (tailor, cutter of cloth)

Famous People Named Amethyst

  • Amethyst Hornblower (character in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • Amethyst Van Der Troll (character in the Trollz series)
  • Amethyst Amy Winston (heroine in the DC Comics universe)
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