Several days ago, NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day was the impressive “Io: Moon Over Jupiter.”
At left is a portion of photo, which was taken by the Cassini spacecraft.
Jupiter’s moon Io [EYE-oh] was discovered by Galileo in 1610. He named it for Io the mythological character — a nymph who was seduced by Zeus, then turned into a cow.*
The name Io doesn’t have a known meaning, and it’s rare in the U.S.:
- 2010: 6 baby girls named Io
- 2009: 8 baby girls named Io
- 2008: 5 baby girls named Io
- 2007: 5 baby girls named Io
- 2006: 5 baby girls named Io
Nevertheless, I’ve always found it intriguing. There aren’t many two-letter girl names out there, and this is the only one I know of from Greek myth.
Do you like the name Io? Would you give it to your baby girl?
*The name of the Bosphorus, which comes from Ancient Greek and means “ox passage,” commemorates Io-the-cow’s crossing of the strait.