Hadrian and Hippolyta


Hadrian is derived from the Latin term Hadrianus, “from Hadria.” Hadria was a Northern Italian town from whence the Adriatic Sea derives its name. Of course, the best-known bearer was Emperor Hadrian, who built Hadrian’s Wall in Northern Britain in the second century of the Common Era.

Some people might accuse it of being pretentious, but I really like it.

Hippolyta is the Latinate form of the Greek name Hippolyte, which is turn is the feminine form of Hippolytos. Hippolyte was Queen of the Amazons and daughter of the god Ares. Hercules killed her for her magical girdle. Literature-lovers will know the Latin name Hippolyta as the name of a character from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in which Hippolyta is engaged to Theseus, Duke of Athens.

Though I like the sound of the name, even I probably wouldn’t consider this name for a potential child due to how it starts with “Hippo.”


5 thoughts on “Hadrian and Hippolyta

  1. I like Hippolyta but the ‘hippo’ part puts me off too. No doubt they would experience some name-calling at school. I’m not sure about Hadrian. It would certainly be different but I normally prefer names that you can shorten to one or two syllables.

  2. maybe they’d settle for Lyta? 🙂
    Hadrian isn’t just another version of Adrian though? (or the other way around 🙂 )

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