Charis (name)

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Charis
Threegraces.jpg
The three Graces in Botticelli's Primavera
Gender Feminine (English), unisex (Greek)
Origin
Word/name Ancient Greek
Meaning "one of the Graces", "grace" or "kindness"
Other names
Related names Charissa (English variant), Haris (Greek variant transcription)

Charis (Greek: Χάρις) is a given name derived from a Greek word meaning "grace, kindness".

In Greek mythology, a Charis is one of the Charites (Greek: Χάριτες) or "Graces", goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility; and in Homer's Iliad, Charis is the wife of Hephaestus.[1] Charis was also known as Cale ("Beauty") or Aglaea ("Splendor").[2]

Charis is also the Spartan name of a Grace.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bernhardt, Peter (2008). Gods and goddesses in the garden: Greco-Roman mythology and the scientific names of plants. Rutgers University Press. p. 76. ISBN 0-8135-4266-9. 
  2. ^ Theoi.com: Kharis Algaia [1]