Melanippe was the daughter of Aeolus and Hippe, and of course her name links directly with that of her mother ('mare'). Melanippe's name means 'black mare', from meias, 'black' and hippos, 'horse', 'mare'. This must be a propitious name if it is not somehow connected, as any 'animal' name could be, with a religious or magical cult of some kind.