Greek name (Ἀριάδνη) [Ariadni], derived from the ancient Greek wods (ἀρι-) [ari] - "the most" + (ἁνδάνω) [andano] - "to be nice; pleasing"="the most pleasing one".
St Ariadne, the holy martyr, lived during the reigns of Emperor Hadrian (117-138) and Antoninus Pius (138-161). Ariadne was a slave girl of Tertullus, the chief ruler of the city of Prymenseos in Phrygia.* Her master became indignant when she refused to accompany him to the temple of the idols on the occasion of his son's birthday. After he punished Ariadne by severely flogging her, scraping her with an iron claw and starving her in a dungeon, he dismissed her and sent her away.
In Greek mythology, was daughter of king Minos of Crete and his queen, Pasiphaë, daughter of Helios, the Sun-titan. She aided Theseus in overcoming the Minotaur (actually her half-brother) but was equally the bride of the God Dionysus.