Phoenician Girl Names

An ancient Semitic civilization, located in the Fertile Crescent, Phoenicia is famous as a maritime trading culture, inventor of bireme, galley and Phoenician alphabet – the ancestor of almost all modern-time alphabets in the world!

Phoenician Background

The history of Phoenician civilization dates between 1200 and 500 BC. With the capital cities of Byblos and Tyre, it was located in the Fertile Crescent and today would be a part of Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, Gaza Strip and Syria. As a maritime trading culture, crossing the Mediterranean Sea, Phoenicians are famous as the inventors of ancient warships – bireme and galley. Their population was organized in city-states, even Carthage was a former Phoenician colony, and had its own religion. Eventually, Phoenicia was turned into the Roman province of Syria. As a part of the Afro-Asiatic language family, Phoenician was a Semitic language very similar to Hebrew and it had its own alphabet that is believed to be the ancestor of almost all modern alphabets. Despite eventually developing into Punic language, Phoenician origin is still being used by parents all over the world as the source of baby names with ancient ancestry, profound etymology, and linguistic ingenuity.