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Nereida Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Nereida is of Greek and Spanish origin.

The meaning of Nereida is "sea nymph".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 9333  in baby name popularity for girls with 12 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Nereida Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Nereida has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Nereida to other names.


The name Nereida and similar names, are derived from Greek mythological character names.

According to Greek mythology, the Nereides (or Nereids) were the fifty daughters of Nereus, the god of the sea (referred to in the Illiad, as the "old man of the sea") and Doris. Their name is a patonymic applied to them by their mother Doris.

Considered sea nymphs or goddesses, they often accompanied Poseidon and aided sailors and fishermen in distress, especially the Argonauts. In contrast, the Naiades are the nymphs of fresh water, and the Oceanides are the nymphs of the great ocean.

The Nereids are particularly associated with the Aegean Sea, as this is where they lived with their elderly father Nereus, within a silvery cavern at the bottom of the sea. They were worshipped in several parts of Greece, but especially in seaport towns such as the Isthmus of Corinth.

Individually, the Nereids represented various facets of the sea (salty, rocky, sandy, waves, currents, etc.) and seamanship. The most known of the Nereids are Thetis, the mother of Achilles and Amphitrite, the wife of Poseidon.

In ancient art, the Nereides were depicted as beautiful young maidens, sometimes carrying tritons or riding atop of dolphins or other sea creatures such as a hippokamps (sea horses).

Within astronomy, the Nereids are the namesake of one of the moons of the planet Neptune.

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Nereida is a form of the name Nereus.

Other Tidbits

Nereida falls into the name categories cool, water.

Name Fun

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Spanish names consist of one or more given names followed by TWO family names. Generally the first surname is the father's first surname and the second is the mother's first surname but this traditional order no longer required. Generally the second surname is only used for formal and legal matters.

Although a child may have only one or two given names for official civil records, they may be given several names when baptized.

Given names are simple such as Juan or composite such as Juan Pablo. Composite names are considered single unit first names and not first and second names.

Parents give names that just appeal to them, honor relatives or saints, or are of traditional Spanish origin.

Many Spanish given names honor the Virgin Mary. Girls are frequently given the name Maria or Maria followed by a suffix name and boys are sometimes given the name Maria as a middle name. Girls with Marian composite names may use the suffix portion of their name as their main informal name. For example Maria de los Angeles, Maria del Pilar and Maria de la Luz, may go by the names Angeles, Pilar and Luz.

Although the first name within a composite name generally reflects the gender of the holder, the second name need not, as in Jose Maria or Maria Jose.