Antigone


Antigone
Antigone f
Classical name in occasional modern use. In Greek mythology Antigone was a daughter of Oedipus by his accidental incestuous marriage to his own mother, Jocasta. She tended her father as he wandered through Greece, blinded, disgraced, and suffering mental anguish. After her brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, killed each other, she gave funeral rites to both of them, defying the order of her uncle Creon, King of Thebes, that the rebel Polynices should be left unburied. For this, Creon had her buried alive. Its choice as a modern given name is perhaps made with reference to her strength of character in doing what she perceived as right in terrible circumstances. Her name is composed of the Greek elements anti against, contrary + gen-, gon- born.

First names dictionary. 2012.