Xanthippe means "yellow horse," and the "hippos" in an ancient Greek name often suggested aristocratic heritage. Xanthippe's father is believed to have been named Lamprocles. Since he was even more well-established in Athenian aristocracy than was Socrates' father, his name would have been the preferred choice for the name of the first-born son.
Little is written of her. It is only in Xenophon's Symposium where we have Socrates agree that she is (in Antisthenes' words) "the hardest to get along with of all the women there are."Nevertheless, Socrates adds that he chose her precisely because of her argumentative spirit.
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