Δύο αρχαιοελληνικά ονόματα : Κατίνα και ΜαρούσηPart of : Παρνασσός ; Vol.ΜΔ, No.1, 2002, pages 203-206
Two ancient Greek names : Catina and Maroussi
The author exposes various opinions about the etymology of two Modern Greek feminine names, i.e. Catina and Maroussi, favoring their late ancient Greek origin, via Latin. Cattina (with a double t) is first attested in the third century AD, in the Calepodio catacomb near Rome, and seems to be a diminutive of Latin catta (= cat), maybe because of the color of the lady’s eyes. Maroussi, on the other hand, is attested in inscriptions from Palestine (5th century AD) and Central Italy (6th century AD), and probably comes from Roman masculine name Marus/Matius. As for the quarter Maroussi in Athens, its etymological origin is quite different, stemming either from the ancient Greek sanctuary of Amarysia Artemis, or from Albanian Marusium.