Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Ithaca

Ithaca is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is also the legendary home of the mythological hero Odysseus in Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey (8th century B.C.). The etymology of the island’s name (Ancient Greek: Ἰθάκα) is uncertain although the first element “I” is believed to be Phoenician for “island.” Other etymologists surmise that Ithaca’s name is merely a Greek corruption of a Hebrew name meaning “hard, rugged island” (a fair description). Even Homer says of Ithaca: “It is rough, but it raises good men” (9.27). Odysseus spent ten arduous years trying to return to Ithaca to assume his rightful place a King following the Trojan War. As a result, Ithaca is often associated with ideals of one’s “homeland” or a place where one wishes to return. At the end of the 18th century, Ithaca, New York was surveyed and established in the United States. The surveyor’s clerk was a Greco-Roman history enthusiast and so named the area Town of Ulysses (Ulysses being the Latin form of the Greek Odysseus). It was later renamed Ithaca in honor of Odysseus’s home.

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Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME ITHACA

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME ITHACA

We can find no evidence that Ithaca has ever been used as a female given name in the United States. If it has, it’s been bestowed on less than five babies in any given year. In other words, this name is rarer than rare. As far as place names go, however, Ithaca is certainly more creative than, say, Brooklyn or Savannah. It’s also historically more interesting given its ancient mythological standing.

Quick Facts

ON ITHACA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Greek

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

ә-THUH-kuh

SIMPLE MEANING:

Hard, rugged island

Characteristics

OF ITHACA

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

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OF THE BABY NAME ITHACA

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ON ITHACA

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Famous People

NAMED ITHACA

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Children of Famous People

NAMED ITHACA

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ITHACA

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