Paris (girl)

Paris was originally a man's name, though it is more popular for girls now. It is the name of hero of Greek mythology, most famous for eloping with Helen of Troy, thus causing the Trojan Wars. His name is probably derived from Greek meaning "backpack." This refers to the fact that after he was left in the wilderness to die in order to thwart a prophesy, he was found and carried back to civilization in a backpack.

Paris the capital of France has a different origin. It derives its name from the Parisii, a Gaulish tribe who were its first inhabitants.

Paris became used as a girls' name in the 20th century, probably more in honor of the city than the Greek hero.
See Also: Paris (boy)

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