Eudocia, Eudoxia

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “to seem well.”
Eng (yoo-DOH-shuh); Russ (ef-doh-KEE-yah)

Eudocia/Eudoxia is a latinized form of the Greek feminine name Ευδοκια (Eudokia), which is composed of the Greek elements, ευ (ev) meaning, “good” and δοκεω (dokeo) meaning, “to seem.”

The name has been popular throughout the Orthodox Christian world for centuries. It was popularized by the cult of an Eastern Orthodox saint who was martyred for her faith in pre-Islamo-Christian Syria.

It was also an extremely popular name among Byzantine royalty, being borne by at least nine Byzantine empresses.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Evdokiya Евдокия (Bulgarian/Russian)
  • Eudòcia (Catalan)
  • Eudocia (English/Latin/Spanish)
  • Eudoxia (English/German/Hungarian/Latin/Spanish)
  • Eudoxie (French)
  • Evdok’ia ევდოკია (Georgian)
  • Eudokia Ευδοκια (Greek: Ancient)
  • Evdokia Ευδοκια (Greek: Modern)
  • Eudossia (Italian)
  • Ewdokia/Eudokia/Eudoksja/Jewdocha (Polish)
  • Avdotya Авдотья (Russian)
  • Yevdokiya Евдокия (Russian)
  • Evdokija Евдокија (Serbian)
  • Evdokia Євдокія (Ukrainian)

Common Russian diminutives are Dunya and Dunyasha.

The designated name-day is March 1.



1 thought on “Eudocia, Eudoxia

  1. The masculine Polish forms are Eudoksjusz and Eudoksy.

    I’m not as sure about these masculine forms:

    French – Eudoxe
    Hungarian – Eudoxiosz
    Italian – Eudossio
    Romanian – Eudoxiu

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