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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Persephone

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  • A submission from Kentucky, United States says the name Persephone means "Goddess of spring and queen of the underworld." and is of Greek origin.

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  1. (Greek mythology) daughter of Zeus and Demeter; made queen of the underworld by Pluto in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Proserpina
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From Ancient Greek Περσεφόνη (Persephónē)

  1. (Greek mythology) A minor deity, the queen of the Underworld/Hades, and goddess of the seasons and vegetation. Originally named Kore/Core, she is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter; and the wife of Hades. Her Roman counterpart is Proserpina.
  2. (astronomy) Short for 399 Persephone, a main belt asteroid.
  3. (rare) A female given name.

Persephone was also found in the following language(s): Latin and Portuguese

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How popular is the baby name Persephone in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1962 6 6 0
1964 7 7 0
1965 7 7 0
1967 7 7 0
1968 6 6 0
1969 5 5 0
1970 9 9 0
1971 10 10 0
1972 13 13 0
1973 9 9 0
1974 14 14 0
1975 8 8 0
1976 10 10 0
1977 7 7 0
1978 10 10 0
1979 6 6 0
1980 9 9 0
1981 9 9 0
1982 7 7 0
1983 5 5 0
1984 6 6 0
1985 6 6 0
1987 9 9 0
1988 6 6 0
1989 14 14 0
1990 13 13 0
1991 14 14 0
1993 13 13 0
1994 8 8 0
1995 16 16 0
1996 11 11 0
1997 19 19 0
1998 25 25 0
1999 22 22 0
2000 20 20 0
2001 22 22 0
2002 19 19 0
2003 45 45 0
2004 43 43 0
2005 47 47 0
2006 59 59 0
2007 64 64 0
2008 59 59 0
2009 87 87 0
2010 111 111 0
2011 135 135 0
2012 143 143 0
2013 170 170 0
2014 202 202 0
2015 177 177 0
2016 195 195 0
2017 222 222 0

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Popularity of Persephone as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Persephone

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  • How Popular is the name Persephone? Persephone is the 6,448th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Persephone have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,166 babies born with the first name Persephone in the United States. That's more than enough people named Persephone to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Persephone? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1962 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Persephone first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Persephone is Wednesday, May 8th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Persephone born? The highest recorded use of the first name Persephone was in 2017 with a total of 222 babies.
  • Random Persephone Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Persephone is not a popular baby girl's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Persephone: Your name in reverse order is Enohpesrep. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Poensehper. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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