You may be wondering about what is a great gift for the special people in your life. Did you know that the sweetest word in any language for anyone is their name. Yes! Remembering and saying people’s name is more important than remembering any other details. It establishes a connection and makes the person feel special. It is also exciting to talk to a person about the origin of their name as it may mean something very special in their native language. What a lot of people don’t know is how ancient, historically significant and important their names really are. Below is a list of names that can be encountered on ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Medieval coins that if given as a gift, would leave a long and everlasting impression and gratitude for such a special personalized gift. The links below are easy to click and they will take you to my eBay store search page and input the name for you, so you don’t have to remember any spellings.
If you are giving this as a gift, I would be happy to ship it to the person you would like to give it as a gift to, along with a special, customized message you can message you would like to provide them. This way it would make it easy to give such a special gift, to anyone in the world. You can message me on eBay with the special request, providing the specific shipping address and the message you would like to include. Items are shipped quickly and come with a very special certificate of authenticity which allows a beginner or an expert to appreciate the ancient coin you picked out.
Lots of blessings to you and your loved ones!
List of names:
- Adrian as in Hadrian – Roman Emperor: 117-138 A.D. , or the city of Hadrianopolis in Thrace
- Alexander as in Alexander III the Great, city of Alexandria Troas, city of Alexandria in Egypt
- Alexius or Alexey as in Alexius I, Comnenus – Byzantine Emperor: 4 April 1081 – 15 August 1118 A.D.
- Anastasia as in Anastasius, Byzantine Emperor
- Angel, Angela as in the prototype of the Angel, Greek Goddess Nike Nike, or the Roman Equivalent, Victory, Alexius III Angelus – Emperor: 8 April 1195 – 17 July 1203 A.D.
- Antonin as in Antoninus Pius – Roman Emperor: 138-161 A.D.
- Arkadiy as in Arcadius – Roman Emperor: 383-408 A.D.
- Athena as in Athena the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, who’s Roman equivalent was Minerva
- Claudio or Claudiy as in Claudius – Roman Emperor: 41-54 A.D. –
- Constantine as in Constantine I ‘The Great’ – Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. and other Roman and Byzantine names with Constantine
- Diana as in Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt, whose Greek equivalent was Artemis
- Dimitry, or Dmitry or Demetrios as in the Greek Goddess, Demeter or as the ancient name of Demetrios or Demetrius
- Eudakia as in the Roman empereses Eudoxia and Eudocia,
- Florian as in the Roman emperor Florian
- Helen or Helena or other Derivations as in the Roman empress and saint Helena who was mother of Constantine the Great
- Ivan as Ivan Alexander or others with the name of Ivan
- Jesus as in Jesus Christ as depicted on ancient coins
- Johann as in John, a name used by Byzantine emperors, or Johannes, one of the late Roman emperors
- John or Johnathan or Jonathan as in John used historically since ancient biblical times.
- Julia as in Julia the name used by various empresses historically.
- Julian as in Julian II ‘The Apostate’ – Roman Caesar: 355-361 A.D. – Emperor: 361-363 A.D. –
- Julius as the name Julius was used historically, beginning with best known, Julius Caesar
- Justin as in the name Justin or Justinian used by Byzantine emperors
- Kristi as derived from Jesus Christ
- Larissa as in the name Larissa given to several great ancient Greek cities, most well-known and important being Larissa, Thessaly
- Laura or Lori as in the Laurel Wreath known as a symbol of victory, placed atop a victory’s head by the Greek goddess of Victory, Nike or Roman Equivalent, Victory
- Leo or Lev as in Leo the Byzantine Emperor, or where it stemmed form, the Lion
- Livia as in Livia the wife of emperor Augustus
- Lucilla as in the Roman empress Lucilla
- Lydia as in the ancient region of Lydia
- Manuel or Emmanuel as in the the Byzantine Emeror Manuel I, Comnenus
- Mark or Marcus or Marc as in Marc Antony or Marcus Aurelius, two of the most famous ancient Roman personages
- Mary as in Virgin Mary
- Max as in Maxentius or Magnus Maximus or Maximus
- Michael as Michael used by Byzantine emperors or the archangel
- Nicholas, Nick, Nicola, Nicole, Nicole, Nika, Niketas, Niki, Nikita, Nikolai, Nils, Klaas, Ike
as derivations from the Greek goddess of Victory, Nike, the prototype of the angel, whose Roman equivalent is Victory.
- Persephone as in the Greek goddess Persephone
- Philip as in Philip II, Father of Alexander the Great, or Philip used by the Romans or the city of Philippopolis.
- Romulus as in Romulus, one of the founders of Rome, brother of Remus
- Rose as in the Rose depicted on ancient coins of
- Sabina as in Sabina, the wife of Roman emperor Hadrian, 117-138 A.D.
- Sophia as in Sophia the Byzantine Queen
- Traian as in the Roman Emperor Trajan and Trajan Decius
- Valentinian as in the Roman Emperors by the name of Valentinian
- Valerian as in the Roman Emperors by the name of Valerian
- Victor or Victoria as in the Roman name for the goddess of Victory whose Greek equivalent is Nike.
- Yan or Yana as in Janus, the Roman god
- Zeus as in the Greek god Zeus, or his Roman equivalent, Jupiter
Article by Ilya Zlobin, world-renowned expert numismatist, enthusiast, author and dealer in authentic ancient Greek, ancient Roman, ancient Byzantine coins and beyond.
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