Byzantine Names

The sources I have used are popular rather than scholarly so many of these names may have been modernized. The Hellenized form of the name is listed before the Latinized version where known. Only some of the sources gave Hellenized forms. Some of the names are obviously variants of each other (as in Antony and Antonius).

Female Names

A

Agatha (3)
Anastasia (3)
Anna (1,2,3)
Antonina (3)
Ariadne (2)
Athenais (3)

C

Constantina (1,3)

E

Epiphania (3)
Eudokia, Eudocia (1,2,3)
Eulogia (3)
Euphrosyne (3)

H

Helena, Helen (1,2)

I

Irene (1,2)

J

Joannina (3)

M

Maria (2)
Martina (3)

S

Sophia (3)

T

Thekla (2)
Theodora (1,3)
Theodota (2) - Theodote was a Greek name by the 2nd century BC (4)
Theophano (2,3)

Y

Yolanda (1)

Z

Zoe (1,3)

Male Names

A

Alexander (1)
Alexios, Alexius (1,2)
Anastasius (1)
Andronikos, Andronicus (1,2)
Antigonos (2)
Antonius (3)
Antony (3)
Arcadius (1)
Arethas (3)
Asylaion (3)

B

Basil (1,3)
Basiliscus (3)
Basiliskianos (2)
Belisarius (3)

C

Callinicus (3)
Christopher (3)
Constantine (1,3)
Constantius (1)

D

Damianus (3)
David (1)
Demetrios, Demetrius (1,2) - Demetrios was also an ancient Greek men's name
Diocletian (Latin form), Diocles (Greek form) (1)

E

Eustathios (2)
Euthymius (3)

G

George (1)

H

Heraclius (1)
Heraclonas (3)
Himerius (3)

I

Ignatios (2)
Isaac (1,2)

J

John (1,3)
Julian (1)
Justinian, Justin (1)

L

Leo (2)
Leontius (1)
Licinius (1)

M

Manuel (1,3)
Michael (1)
Mousoulios (2)

N

Nicholas (2,3)
Nikephoros, Nicephorus (1,2,3) - Nikephora was an ancient Greek woman's name (4)
Niketas, Nicetas (1,2)
Nicholas (1)

P

Petronas (3)
Philippicus (1)
Philaretos (2)
Phocas (1)
Photios, Photius (2,3)

R

Romanus (1,3)

S

Stauracius (1)
Stylian (3)

T

Theodore (1)
Theodosios, Theodosius (1,2)
Theoktistos (2)
Theophanes (3)
Theophano (1)
Theophilus (1,3)
Theophylact (3)

V

Valens (1)

Last Names

Note: Names with an * are in the feminine form.

Bringas (1)
Choniates (1)
Komnenos, Comnenus, *Comnena (1,2)
Cydones (1)
*Dalassema (1)
Doukas, Ducas (1,2)
Lascaris (1)
Maleinos (2)
Maniaces (1)
Phokas (2)
Prodromus (1)
Psellos, Psellus (1,2)
Scylitzes (2)
Tzimiskes (2)
Xiphilinos (2)

Sources:

(1) A Concise History of Byzantium, Warren Treadgold, New York: Palgrave, 2001.

(2) What Life Was Like Amid Splendor and Intrigue: Byzantine Empire AD 330 - 1453, Richmond, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1998.

(3) A Short History of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.

(4) Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece, Joan Breton Connelly, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2007.

See also:

Personal Names of the Aristocracy in the Roman Empire During the Later Byzantine Era (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/byzantine/introduction.html)

Byzantine Names (http://www.gaminggeeks.org/Resources/KateMonk/Europe-Medieval/Byzantium.htm)


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Created June 2004 Last Updated November 30, 2009