Helenia - Greek, the name of a Laconian festival which celebrated Helena by having virgins ride chariots made of reeds or upon mules. Helen (or Helena) means "light" and she was worshipped as a goddess of light.
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NOT SURE ABOUT GENDER
Merdie -with a little investigation Merdie seems to have been used for either men or women. I came across an instance of it used as a nickname for Myrtle. An obituary for a man listed no other given name than Merdie or any other clue as to the name's origin. Myrtle is the name of a plant which was sacred to the ancient Greek goddesses Demeter and Aphrodite. It used to be traditional for brides to carry myrtle for their wedding bouquet.