Persephone is a girl’s name that can mean “bringer of death”, “dark blue”, or “bringer of light”. Persephone is the Greek goddess of the underworld and has become more popular as classics scholars now believe her story with Hades is more romantic and empowering than once believed.

Meaning of the name Persephone:

Greek: bringer of death, dark blue, bringer of light

Origin of the name Persephone:

Persephone is a baby girl’s name of pre-Greek origin. The name has several possible meanings including “bringer of death”, “dark blue” and “bringer of light”. Persephone was the Greek goddess of the underworld and a goddess of spring.

Symbolism of the name Persephone:

The pomegranate is the iconic symbol of Persephone. The three seeds she ate require her to stay in Hades three months each year.

baby name Persephone

Style of the name Persephone:

modern

Gender of the name Persephone:

Persephone is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Persephone:

PEHR-SEH-PO-NEH (Classical Greek), pər-SEHF-ə-nee (English)

Number of syllables in the name Persephone:

four

Emotion evoked from the name Persephone:

Persephone evokes feelings of grace and strength.

Alternative spellings for the name Persephone:

Persefone, Persephony

Nicknames for the name Persephone:

  • Persi
  • Sephy
  • Seph

Popularity of the name Persephone:

According to the Social Security Administration, Persephone is a recently popular modern baby girl’s name. Persephone first appeared in the top 1000 names in 2019. It is #820 as of 2020.

Related names for the name Persephone:

  • Kore
  • Prosperina
  • Demeter
  • Artemis
  • Hera
  • Athena 

Great middle names for the name Persephone and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Persephone:

Persephone in popular culture:

  • Persephone (Greek goddess of the underworld and spring)
  • Persephone “Persie” Towyn (television, “Upstairs Downstairs”)
  • Persephone (film, “The Matrix” trilogy)
  • Persephone (literature, “The Raven Cycle” series by Maggie Stiefvater)