What does everybody think of the name [name]Artemis[/name]? I really like it, it’s strong.

Any replies would be very helpful!


It definitely sounds strong, for so long I thought it was a boys name. I wouldn’t say I like it, but it’s not a bad name. It reminds me of birds :slight_smile: My main issue with it is that she would likely get called [name]Artie[/name] or [name]Missy[/name], both of which I dislike.

Thank you for your reply! My family still thinks it’s a boy’s name even after I’ve told them it’s the name of a [name]Goddess[/name].

I love it! Its a great name, with a great meaning.

I thought this was a boy’s name until … five seconds ago. [name]Don[/name]'t know if I’m in the minority, but something to think about if you don’t want her to have lots of mail addressed to “Mr.”

[name]Artemis[/name] is the name of the moon/huntress/virgin goddess, [name]Diana[/name] in the [name]Roman[/name] pantheon. With the popularity of the [name]Rick[/name] [name]Riordan[/name] books (The Lost [name]Hero[/name], The Lightning Thief series), [name]Artemis[/name] could very well make a comeback, along with [name]Athena[/name], [name]Thalia[/name], [name]Perseus[/name], etc.

Most people think of it as a man’s name because of its early [name]Christian[/name] origins as a man’s name spelled [name]Artemas[/name] and of the Revolutionary War figure [name]Artemas[/name] [name]Ward[/name]. The last pop culture male reference was [name]Artemus[/name] [name]Gordon[/name] on the original series The [name]Wild[/name] [name]Wild[/name] [name]West[/name].

This generaton of kids will only be familiar with [name]Artemis[/name] as a Greek goddess, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

While I love the mythology that goes along with [name]Artemis[/name] (I’m really surprised that so many people thought this was a boy’s name), I think it’s over the top for a first name. It doesn’t really pass the presidential part of the president/rock star test. If you’re really set on it, then I’d place it in the middle name spot with something more traditional up front to even it out.

I think it’s a beautiful name, with a very feminine ending and a lovely spelling. I’ve read Greek myths since I was young, so it screams “girl” to me, and a very powerful, independent kind of girl at that, which is a nice feature to a name that ends with a soft sound. Anyone who mistook the name for a male one need only be told that [name]Artemis[/name] is the Greek name for the [name]Roman[/name] goddess [name]Diana[/name] (simplifying it a bit, but enough to confirm the name’s feminine origins).

That said, I’d mention another male pop culture reference–[name]Artemis[/name] Fowl in [name]Eoin[/name] Colfer’s YA series, the prepubescent genius who gets into dirty dealings with the fairies and other magical folk. He’s pretty kickass, too, but he is male.

I think it’s beautiful.
[name]Lovely[/name] history, but most people will of course overlook that.
Taking away its rich etymology, it has a lovely earthy sound. I can see why people would see it as a boy’s name; it isn’t girlie and the ‘Artem’ part could well be boyish.
However, I think there’s a lot to be said for names that aren’t overly-girlie.
Could always use [name]Missie[/name], or [name]Ari[/name] as a nickname. (Waste of a gorgeous name, but you know)

Thanks to everybody!

I kind of like that it’s boyish in a way. Which is strange because I’m a fan of girly girl names.