Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Harmony

The name Harmony is derived from an English vocabulary word that ultimately came from the Greek “harmonia”. In Greek mythology Harmonia was the goddess of brotherhood, sisterhood, happy marriages and harmony. She was the product of an adulterous affair between Ares (god of war) and his lover Aphrodite (goddess of love). As the child of this juxtaposed union of gods, Harmonia was given the unique power to end conflicts and bring people together harmoniously. Ironically, Harmonia’s own life wasn’t exactly melodious. Aphrodite’s jealous husband Hephestus (god of volcanoes) was not keen on his wife’s illegitimate daughter and gave Harmonia a cursed necklace on her wedding day; unfortunately this necklace doomed her and her descendents to endless misery. The necklace did indeed cause Harmonia strife until she and her husband were eventually turned into dragons and sent to the Island of the Blessed to live in peace and harmony for eternity. So Harmony's story does have a happy ending. Harmony is also the musical term signifying when a combination of notes and tunes are sung/played at the same time, providing richness to the melody. The female given name Harmony has been in occasionally use among English-speakers since the 19th century.

All About the Baby Name – Harmony

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME HARMONY

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME HARMONY

The name Harmony did not show up on the U.S. popularity charts until 1975, so if it was used prior to this date, it was so rare that it didn’t make the charts (meaning less than 0.01% of parents bestowed this name on their daughters). After 1975, the name sort of languished on the charts for about 25 years until it started to show some promise in 1999. From that point on, Harmony has basically been on the rise. It’s high point of popularity is being experienced right now at position #224 on the charts (2011). Usage is still quite moderate, but we can see the name is being more widely embraced. Harmony (like her sisters Melody and Cadence) is a musically inspired name. But she also has roots in Greek mythology adding interest and depth to her name. Harmony will add another layer of richness to your family’s song.

Quick Facts

ON HARMONY

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

201

PRONUNCIATION:

HAHR-mә-nee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Agreement, concord, balance

Characteristics

OF HARMONY

Dependable

Solid

Practical

Hard-working

Industrious

Studious

Conservative

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Harmony

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME HARMONY

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Harmony

Popular Songs

ON HARMONY

Honor and Harmony
a song by G. Love & Special Sauce

Hear Me in the Harmony
a song by Harry Connick, Jr.

Harmony
a song by Elton John

Endless Harmony
a song by the Beach Boys

Famous People

NAMED HARMONY

Harmony Korine (director/screenwriter)
Harmony Rose (adult actress)
Harmony Hammond (artist)

Children of Famous People

NAMED HARMONY

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Harmony

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME HARMONY

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Harmony