(Greek mythology) An Oceanid, (one of the three thousand daughters of the Titans' Oceanus and Tethys), and the wife of the sun god, Helios, with who she is the mother of Aeetes, Perses, Pasiphae and Circe. One of her many sisters is Amphitrite, (the wife of Poseidon). Perse is also closely identified with Hecate.
A rare surname.
Origin of Perse
Middle English pers from Old French from Medieval Latin persus back-formation from Latin Persicus Persian from Greek Persikos a Persian from Persēs a Persian from Old Persian Pārsa of Median origin Old Persian Parthava- Parthian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Ancient Greek Περση (PersÄ“, literally “Persian woman")
A variant of Piers.
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