Leda

Leda is the queen of Sparta in Greek mythology, the wife of Tyndareus, king of Sparta, who was seduced by the god Zeus in the form of a swan, on the same night she lay with her husband, though versions differ on whether she gave birth to one egg or two. It’s not clear which of children are the offspring of Zeus and which belong to Tyndareus though some versions list Helen (of Troy) and Pollux as the children of Zeus while Clytemnestra and Castor were the children of Tyndareus. Another version of the myth goes that it was Nemesis who gave birth to Helen in the form of an egg, which was later given to Leda, who adopted Helen. The name is of uncertain etymology though it may be related to Lycian lada meaning “wife”, “mother”, or “woman, lady”.

Origin: Lycian

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Variants:

  • Leeda (English)
  • Léda (Hungarian)

 

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