This name derives from the Ancient Greek “Ianeira (Ιάνειρα)”. Ianira is one of the Nereids (Nêreïs), a family of nymphs (female spirits of sea waters). The Nereides were fifty Haliad Nymphs or goddesses of the sea. They were the patrons of sailors and fishermen, who came to the aid of men in distress, and goddesses who had in their care the sea's rich bounty. Individually they also represented various facets of the sea, from salty brine, to foam, sand, rocky shores, waves and currents, in addition to the various skills possessed by seamen. The Nereides dwelt with their elderly father Nereus in a silvery cavern at the bottom of the Aegean Sea.