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The Halcyon Blue Kingfisher

Our company is named after the "Halcyon" Kingfisher.

 

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Halcyon is a name for a bird of Greek legend which is commonly associated with the kingfisher:

The source of the belief in the bird's power to calm the sea originated in a myth recorded by Ovid. The story goes that Aeolus, the ruler of the winds, had a daughter named Alcyon, who was married to Ceyx, the king of Thessaly.  Ceyx was drowned at sea and Alcyon threw herself into the sea in grief.  Instead of drowning, she was carried to her husband by the wind.  The name of the legendary bird was actually alcyon, the 'h' was added in regard to the supposed association with the sea, ('hals' in Greek).  The legendary bird is usually identified with the kingfisher, that was also said to nest on the sea and was believed to be able to calm the sea for the seven days before and seven days after the winter solstice, usually the 21st or 22nd December.

Halcyon means calm and tranquil, or happy or carefree.   It's pronounced HAL-SEA-YON by the way!

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