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Neith, the name of the Egyptian goddess of war and hunting. An interesting namesake and a revered one too.
As you can expect Neith has never charted, maybe because she is basically unheard of or that she is pronounced Nit (You know, the head louse). Getting past that her namesake is pretty awesome, Egyptian goddess of war and hunting-like Artemis and Diana only different culture.
Neith was the patron deity of Sais, where her cult was centered in the Western Nile Delta of Egypt. Her symbol, two arrows crossed over a shield identified the city of Sais. In her form as a goddess of war, she was said to make the weapons of warriors and to guard their bodies when they died.
But what does her name mean? Neith actually is the Greek form of Nit possibly meaning “water.” In time, this led to her being considered as the personification of the early waters of creation. She is identified as a great mother goddess in this role as a creator. However there is another meaning, Neith’s symbol and part of her hieroglyph also bore a resemblance to a loom. So Neith can also mean “weaver.” As a goddess of weaving and the domestic arts she was a protector of women and a guardian of marriage, so royal women often named themselves after Neith, in her honor.
Another fun fact (well for a girl who came from Darwin right next to Kakadu) Neith was also titled the “Nurse of Crocodiles” as she was sometimes pictured holding a baby crocodile.
Nit | Net | Neit
Neithotep-first recorded Egyptian Queen, wife of Narmer
Merneith-consort and regent of Ancient Egypt during the First Dynasty
Possible Middle Names:
Neith Calandra | Neith Eirene | Neith Evangeline | Neith Josephine | Neith Myrrine | Neith Xanthe
Possible Sibling Names:
Behar | Biro | Delphi | Jovan | Osiris | Raj | Rameses | Sage | Skender | Thales | Toma | Zev
Aveta | Dia | Eshara | Hathor | Isis | Ishtar | Liluri | Penka | Phaio | Satis | Shala | Udane
Neith is quirky, perhaps a little mysterious and underused plus she is a goddess. A nice blend if I might say.