In Egypt they are honoured as a symbol of the goddess Neith and revered as " The stars of Athyr " or Nathor, one of the many forms of Isis.

The English missionary William Ellis has recorded that the natives of the Tonga and Society Islands called the Pleiades -" Matarii ", the " Little eyes ", a similar name " Matariki " was in use among other Polynesian tribes, who also had a legend that the group was once a single bright star, broken into six during a battle of the gods. Hence the name " Tauono ", " The six " which bears a suspicious resemblance to the Latin " Taurus ". The natives of the Solomon Islands, according to Allen , called the group " Togo Ni Samu ", a " Company of Maidens ".