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Names of Nymphs

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This article provides a list containing information with the Names of Nymphs and their description. Additional interesting  facts and information about ancient Greek mythology and individual goddesses can be accessed via the following links:

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Names of Nymphs
Discover fascinating information about the beautiful, supernatural, young maidens referred to as nymphs,
minor goddesses of nature, who featured in ancient Greek mythology, stories and legend. This article provides a list of Names of Nymphs in ancient Greek mythology. The Names of Nymphs that featured in ancient Greek legends inhabited forests, woods, trees, meadows, water, fountains, streams, rivers and the sea.

Names of Nymphs
There were many different types of these supernatural creatures and these are all detailed in the list containing each of the Names of Nymphs. These were groups of young, minor goddesses who were associated with various elements in nature, such as Sea Nymphs, celestial nymphs and those associated with individual gods and goddesses:

  • The Naiades were the Names of the Nymphs of the fresh water, rivers and streams

  • The Nereids were the Names of the Nymphs of the sea and the oceans

  • The Oceanides were the names of the 3000 daughters of Oceanus and Tethys and nymphs of the water ways and clouds

    • The Hydriades were the names of Oceanide water nymphs who protected various springs

    • The Ephydriades were the names of the Oceanide Nymphs of the fountains

    • The Nephelae were the names of the Oceanide Nymphs of clouds and rain

    • The Aurae were the Oceanide Nymphs of breezes

  • The Sirens were names of thesea nymphs who could lure men to their deaths who heard their singing

  • The Mermaids were sea nymphs with the head and torso of a human female and a fish-like tail. The Tritons were a race of sea gods and goddesses born from Triton, the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite. Their lower half was that of a fish, while the top half a human - they are commonly known as Mermaids and mermen

  • The Oreads were the Names of the Nymphs of mountains and grottoes

  • The Dryads were the names of the Forest, Wood and Nymphs of groves

  • The Hamadryads were the names of the Tree Nymphs who were born bonded to a particular treeThe Pleiades were the 7 nymphs who were the celestial nymphs of the stars. The Hyades were 7 half-sisters of the

list containing individual Names of Nymphs
The following list contains the names of nymphs, the minor goddesses who featured in the legends from ancient Greek mythology.

  • Aegle was the name of one of the Hesperides

  • Aglaia was one of the Graces (splendor and beauty)

  • Alcyone was a nymph, one of the 'Pleiades', the seven sisters.

  • Amphitrite was the wife of Poseidon and generally represented as a beautiful nude nymph, crowned with seaweed, and reclining in a pearl-shell chariot drawn by dolphins, or sea-horses

  • The nymph called Arethusa once served Artemis but was turned into a fountain

  • Atropos was the name of one of the Fates

  • Calliope muse of epic poetry

  • Calypso was the name of a Nymph who detained Ulysses on Ogygia seven years

  • Celaeno was a nymph, a Pleiad, one of the 'the seven sisters

  • Clio the muse of History

  • Clotho was the name of one of the Fates

  • Clymene was one of the ocean nymphs, or Oceanides, the daughters of Oceanus. Clymene married the ancient god Iapetus and together they had of four giant sons: Atlas, Menetius, Prometheus (Forethought), and Epimetheus (Afterthought)

  • Chrsothemis was the a daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra

  • Daphne was the name of a beautiful forest nymph by the name of Daphne, the daughter of the river god Peneus. She was loved by Apollo and was turned into a laurel tree to escape his advances. Daphnaeae was the name given to the hamadryads of the Laurel tree.

  • Dione was an Oceanide sea nymph, a descendent of the Titans, and a lover of Zeus, they had a daughter, Aphrodite the goddess of love.

  • Dryope, was a beautiful young princess who was turned into a hamadryad

  • Echo was the name of a mountain nymph (an Oread) who loved her own voice.

  • Electra was a nymph, a Pleiad, one of the 'the seven sisters.

  • Erato the muse of Love poetry

  • Erytheis was the name of one of the Hesperides

  • Euphrosyne was one of the Graces (festivity and mirth)

  • Euterpe the muse of Song

  • Galatea was a beautiful sea nymph who is often depicted riding in her pearl-shell chariot drawn by bounding dolphins

  • Hespera was one of the Hesperides

  • Lachesis was the name of one of the Fates

  • Lotis was a nymph, who, to escape the pursuit of Priapus, god of the shade, had assumed the guise of a flower

  • Melpomene the muse of Tragedy

  • Merope was a nymph, a Pleiad, one of the 'the seven sisters.

  • Penelope was the name of a beautiful young nymph and the lover of Hermes. She was horrified when she saw her son who was the Satyr, Pan

  • Polyhymnia the muse of Hymns

  • Procris was one of the Names of the Nymphs who served Artemis. Procris fell in love with and married Cephalus, a hunter

  • Maia was a nymph, a Pleiad, one of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Maia was a lover of Zeus and bore him a son, Hermes.

  • Scylla was the name of a favorite water nymph

  • Sterope was a nymph, a Pleiad, one of the 'the seven sisters.

  • Taygete was a nymph, a Pleiad, one of the 'the seven sisters.

  • Terpsichore the muse of Dance

  • Thalia the muse of Comedy

  • Thetis was the name of a minor sea-goddess and the mother of Achilles

  • Urania the muse of astronomy

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