Symi is an island with great history. According to mythology the island was named Metapontida or Aigli from the homonym Nymph, which gave birth there, to 3 Graces. Another version is that Symis’ name is given from the princess of Rhodes that Glaukus eloped there, because the King and father didn’t want to approve their wedding. Glaukus, who is considered as the first inhabitant of Symi, was a keen swimmer and naval architect, abilities and skills that taught to the inhabitants of the island. Another myth, according to Diodorus Siculus says that the first that settled at Symi was Chthonius, the son of Poseidon and Symi, when exiled from Dotio of Thessaly settled on the island, and gave the name of his mother.
The first inhabitants of the island were probably people from Mikra Asia, and later the Minoans.