Because you find Kingfisher all over the world he appears in a lot of ancient mythologies. One of the more famous appearances of Kingfisher in Greek myth is Alcyone, one of the Seven daughters of Atlas and Hesperis in the Story of Pleiades. There are numerous versions of this story, but one essential element in all of them is that Alcyone is transformed into Kingfisher. Sometimes because she angered Zeus and Hera and sometimes because of her devotion to her husband. It is also thought by some that the mythical bird called Halcyon (another version of Alcyone) was in fact Kingfisher, which, if true, would mean that Kingfisher has the power to calm the seas. In the legend of King Arthur, one of the monarchs charged with protecting the Holy Grail was known as the Fisher King. It is a confusing story, but it just might be the way that this beautiful bird got his English name.