Following the first snowfall of the season in some parts of the country not too long ago, mostly in the Pacific Northwest, for the Fifth Year in the row, The Weather Channel, along with the students over at a Bozeman, Montana High School Latin Class, released their names for the 2016-2017 Winter Season.
The list has been arranged of 26 names from mythological figures whether it’s Greek, or Roman, or Norse, or in this case, Biblical. Last Winter Season’s List started from Ajax to Zandor. This season, it’s from Argos to Zeno. The list include the following: Argos, Blanche, Caly, Decima, Europa, Fortis, Gregory, Helena, Iras, Jupiter, Kori, Leo, Maya, Niko, Orson, Pluto, Quid, Reggie, Stella, Theseus, Ursa, Valerie, Xavier, Yuri, and Zeno.
Argos (AR-gus): A city in Greece and in Greek mythology the home of a number of kings. People have lived in this location for the past 7,000 years.
Blanche: The French word for white. From the Latin word blancus.
Caly (CAY-lee): A variation of Kaylee, short for Katherine. From the Greek name Aikaterine.
Decima (DEH-sih-mah): One of the Fates in Roman mythology
Europa (your-OH-pah): From Greek mythology, the name of a princess who was abducted by Zeus. Europe is named for her.
Fortis (FOR-tis): A Latin word for strong.
Gregory: Derived from the Latin name Gregorius, which came from the Greek word gregoros meaning watchful or alert.
Helena (HEH-leh-na): The Latin version of the Greek name, Helen. Helen of Troy was a mythological character described as the most beautiful woman in the world and appears in a variety of myths.
Iras (EYE-rus): A character in Shakespeare’s tragedy “Antony and Cleopatra”, a story about the Roman general and leader and his queen at the end of their lives.
Jupiter: The supreme god in Roman mythology, ultimately derived from Zeus plus pater, Latin for father.
Kori (KORE-ee): A version of Corey, which was derived from the Old Norse name, Korí.
Leo: The Ancient Latin word for lion.
Maya: A variation of Maia from Greek and Roman mythology. To Romans, Maia was the goddess of spring. The month of May is named in her honor.
Niko (NEE-koh): Short for the Greek name Nikolaos, which means victor of the people or people’s champion.
Orson: An English name that was ultimately derived from the Latin word for bear, ursus.
Pluto: A Latinized version of the Greek word ploutos meaning wealth.
Quid: Part of the Latin phrase quid pro quo meaning this for that.
Reggie: Short for Reginald, which is derived from the Latin Reginaldus, which is derived from Germanic words meaning advice and rule.
Stella: A Latin word meaning star.
Theseus (THEE-see-us): Theseus was the mythical king of Athens and was the son of Aethra by two fathers: Aegeus and Poseidon.
Ursa (ERR-sah): A feminine form of the Latin word ursus meaning bear.
Valerie: From Valeria, the feminine version of the Ancient Roman saint’s name Valerius.
Wyatt: From the Medieval name Wyot, which ultimately came from the Middle English words for battle and brave.
Xavier (ZAY-vee-er): From name of a 16th Century Spanish saint, Francis Xavier. His name was a Romanized version of his birthplace Exteberri, which meant new house in Basque.
Yuri (YOUR-ee): An alternate spelling of Yuriy, the Russian version of George, which ultimately comes from the Greek word georgós meaning farmer.
Zeno (ZEE-no): From the Greek name Zenon, derived from the name of mythological god of the thunder and the sky, Zeus.