Origin: Old Slavonic
The name is borne in Slavic mythology by a minor goddess who was similar to the Greek, Echo.
Her role in the pantheon was connected to human communication and the divulgation of discourse and action. She was seen as the goddess of gossip, who was unable to keep secrets or private conversation. If she disliked someone, she would distort the meaning of their words.
She was also the goddess of fame and glory, the one responsible for retelling the deeds of fallen heroes.
The name is not in usage in any of the Slavonic countries. The above form is Polish. Other forms are:
- Ozvěna (Czech)
- Ozvena (Slovakian)
In Greek mythology, the name was borne by a nymph who was cursed by Hera with an uncontrollable tongue, that is, an echo.
The nymph later fell in love with Narcissus, who did not love her back, and in grief, Echo pined away, until there was nothing left of her but her voice.
In ancient Greek art, she was often depicted as winged woman with her face covered in a veil.
Other forms of the name include (Note: these forms are scarce used in their home countries save for a history book, nevertheless, these forms should be noted):
- Eco (Catalan/Spanish/Italian/Portuguese)
- Écho (French)