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Origin of the name ORESTES.
Etymology of the name ORESTES.
Meaning of the baby name ORESTES.

  

ORESTES.  The Latin form of Greek Orestis (q.v.).  The etymology of the name is not certain, but it may be related to Horus (the sun), and especially Gnostic Horos (Ὡρος), "the Limiter."  The name may signify one who is heated and distant.

    Orestes (3 syl.), son of Agamemnon, betrothed to Hermione daughter of Menelaos king of Sparta.  At the downfall of Troy, Menelaos promised Hermione in marriage to Pyrrhos king of Epiros, but Pyrrhos fell in love with Andromache the widow of Hector, and his captive.  An embassy, led by Orestes, was sent to Epiros, to demand that the son of Andromache should be put to death, lest as he grew up he might seek to avenge his father's death.  Pyrrhos refused to comply.  In this embassage, Orestes met Hermione again, and found her pride and jealousy roused to fury by the slight offered her.  She goaded Orestes to avenge her insults, and the ambassadors fell on Pyrrhos and murdered him.  Hermione, when she saw the dead body of the king borne along, stabbed herself, and Orestes went raving mad.Philips: The Distressed Mother (1712) (The Reader's Handbook of Famous Names in Fiction, &c., Brewer, 1910)

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