What’s in a name? Aurora, Texas

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, May 19, 2018
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It is said that Aurora was suggested as the name for this town by William O. Stanfield because “he felt that it was the dawn of something luminous and beautiful in the new land” (Taken from “History of Wise County: A Link with the Past,” p.103).

Aurora means dawn. Aurora borealis, which means “red dawn of the north,” is the name for the shifting light phenomenon that occurs near the poles.

Aurora was the Roman goddess of dawn. She was the daughter of the Titans, Hyperion and Theia, and the sister of Helios (the sun god) and Selene (the moon goddess). Every morning, Aurora arose from the sea and rode in her horse-drawn chariot across the sky ahead of the sun, carrying a pitcher from which she sprinkled dew on the earth.

Aurora was the mother of the four winds, and the morning and evening stars. She fell in love with a mortal, Tithonus, who was a prince of Troy, and married him. She begged Jupiter to make him immortal but failed to request eternal youth, so Zeus granted her request, and Tithonus continued to age and live, and became eternally old. Eventually the gods, perhaps Aurora herself, turned him into a cicada.

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