Adonis Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Adonis:
From Greek and Roman mythology, Adonis was a son of Cinyras, the king of Cyprus, and his daughter Myrrha. After Myrrha was transformed into a tree, Adonis was given to Persephone (Proserpina) to care for. It was decreed that he would spend four months in the underworld with Persephone, four months with Aphrodite (Venus), and four wherever he chose. He was killed by a wild boar while hunting and was transformed into the anemone flower by Aphrodite. His cult was widespread and the ceremonial festival of Adonia was held yearly after the harvest, in honor of his death and rebirth.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Martin Bernal, a historian postulates that the name Adonis has origins in Ancient African Language. According to him it means, God's Blessing. It is also is derived from the Hebrew word Adoni, meaning Lord or Ruler. Adoni is cited several times in the Old Testament or Torah. Adonis is a powerful name. Although, popular belief derives from Greek Mythology, I will go with Mr. Bernal and the Bible. My son, Adonis is my blessing.
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