Name of the Day: Hera March 19, 2010 By appellationmountain 17 Comments Juno is surfacing on more and more message boards. More names you might like:Baby Name Maya: Pan-Global ClassicBaby Name Luna: Shining and MagicalBaby Name Henry: Classic TrendsetterBaby Name Juno: Modern GoddessJune Names: Juno, Juniper, and Junia Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailPrint
interesting thing thing about names and connectionx – the greeks traded with ireland well before englanf was a trade route x – by names i am connected to not only greek but roman and other lands – eleanor – helen of troy – 3 queens of england, June – roman goddess juno – herron(surname hera the bird heron etc) my fathers side comes from ireland = does anyone have feedback ?
I on the other hand love Hera. Just watched Disney’s Hercules and fell in love. I might be better as a middle name but Hera is definitely in the running for us when it comes to naming our future LO.
Charlotte Vera says
I’ve never liked the name Hera, although I’ve always wanted to, being a fan of Greek mythology since Grade Three. Sadly, Hera’s name has always bugged me, although I’m not sure why — maybe because it’s so close to Hero, maybe because I have half an inclination to add a “tic” to the end of it when I say the name out loud, maybe because my own father’s name is Harry and Hera sounded like a mispronunciation — I don’t know. I just can’t like the name.
Hera definitely has a pleasant sound, but it does make me think of a jealous woman. Still, its a cool name, and it would be quite interesting to actually meet someone with this name.
Thanks so much for covering Hera for me! I think we have already in the meantime decided not to use it but it was very interesting to hear everyone’s take on it. Still searching for that perfect name, it seems so much harder this second time around! I think my husband is pickier this time too lol!
I’m not into it, unfortunately. The sound just doesn’t appeal to me. A friend of a friend just had a baby Minerva, goddess of music among other things, but I’m not into that name, either.
Whitney Gigandet says
Oh, I have a major soft spot for god and goddess names, and I definitely think this is one of the more usable options. I always felt Hera was a great symbol of womanly strength because of her spiteful nature. She didn’t sit back and let her husband get away with his philandering ways, she did something about it. I picture her as beautiful, strong, and smart: all characteristics I would love a daughter to possess. Two thumbs up from me!
I’ve always liked Hera, but only pronounced as hair-uh [which is strange, because I’ve never liked Harry, which I pronounce the same as hairy]. I just started watching Battlestar Galactica recently, so the cylon/human baby is foremost in my mind now.
Is it pronounced Hair-uh or Heer-uh? I prefer the latter but I think the former is correct. I love the name Hero for a girl, and I wish that this appealed to me as much, because Hero is simply too out there for me. I actually really like Juno, and I think the connection to the movie has faded enough now that it’s usable.
I can’t get into Hera… It leaves me with thoughts of hairy, herron,etc and yet I have no problem with either Hero or Hermione on a little girl. I should like it; It rhymes with my own name, but I just can’t.
Juno is my #1 all time favorite name but DH won’t consider it 🙁 Hera would be a nice alternative (if he would be down with it, he hates everything) but we already have a Helena. Too close? I think so.
Sounds too sci-fi for me. And I don’t like Juno, Luna or Maya either. This little girl will be taunted with “hairy” and will be explaining all her life that it’s “Hera, not Sara.”
I quite like it. I can embrace her bitc-er-feistiness… but more than that, I like the sound. It’s not a choice for me, but I think it would be a great name on a little girl.
Hera is a name I really feel like a should like. It’s probably one of the most usable Greek goddess names, and I love most names from Greek and Roman mythology. But something about it I don’t really like. I think it just sounds too light and breathy when I say it out loud. And it reminds me of herring. I would be delight to meet a little Hera, though. I think she deserves more use.