Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Pandora

 According to Greek Mythology, Pandora was the very first woman created by the gods. She was formed from clay by the smith god Hephaestus under the direction of Zeus. Zeus was angry at the Titan god Prometheus for providing kindness and protection to man (Zeus felt men needed to be dealt with sternly). Prometheus performed the ultimate act of betrayal when he stole fire from Olympus and gave it to man for his benefit. Pandora was Zeus’s revenge. She was fashioned into a mortal woman whose purpose was to unleash evil into the world. Once created, the goddess of wisdom, Athena, breathed life into Pandora, and Aphrodite gave her the gift of beauty. Hermes, the quick-witted messenger god, taught her cunning. Apropos, the name Pandora comes from the Greek elements παν (pan) meaning “all” and δωρον (doron) meaning “gift” because she was the embodiment of “all the gifts” bestowed upon her by the gods. Zeus then gave Pandora to Epimetheus to be his wife (Epimetheus was the gullible brother of Prometheus).  Prometheus tried to warn his brother, but despite this Epimetheus married her anyway. Zeus had also prepared a marriage gift for the newlyweds – a sealed jar – which, upon opening, released all the evils into the world that would beset mankind forevermore (troubles such as sickness, madness, old age, labor, vice, depravity, etc.).  Fortunately, though, the very bottom of the jar contained hope.  Other versions of the story have Pandora opening the jar because her curiosity gets the best of her (similar to the story of Eve eating the forbidden fruit). Oh yah, let's keep blaming it on the ladies.

All About the Baby Name – Pandora

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME PANDORA

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 PANDORA

 Like many names borne from ancient mythologies, Pandora is rarely used. Interesting fact, though: Pandora did hit America’s Top 1000 list one time (in 1952) at position #784 on the charts. We wanted to know why. It turns out Ava Gardner starred in a movie called Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (released in 1951) and American audiences took note (at least for a brief while).  Today, Pandora is ranked #3372 on the popularity charts and was only given to 47 baby girls in 2013. This is a name to consider for parents looking for something different yet substantive. We love this name. It has a lot going for it. It’s ancient, it’s got a great story and a great meaning, and it’s not hard to pronounce or spell (like, say, Persephone or Eurydice – some of our other Greek faves). We like to think of Pandora as the new Eve. 

Quick Facts

ON PANDORA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Greek

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

pan-DOHR-ә

SIMPLE MEANING:

All gifts

Characteristics

OF PANDORA

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

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OF THE BABY NAME PANDORA

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NAMED PANDORA

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NAMED PANDORA

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME PANDORA

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