They were the nymphs of the rivers, streams, lakes, marshes, fountains and springs.

Parents: Potamoi 

A Naiad, 1893, painting by John William Waterhouse.

Naiads were often the object of archaic local cults, worshipped as essential to humans. Boys and girls at coming-of-age ceremonies dedicated their childish locks to the local naiad of the spring.

Pegaeae were the nymphs of springs.
Crenaeae were naiads of fountains.
Potameids presided over rivers and streams.
Limnads and Limnatids inhabited lakes.
Heleionomae were the nymphs of marshes and wetlands.

Roman mosaic of the river god Ladon and the Naiad Psanis, 3rd c. AD, from Daphe near Antioch. Hatay Archaeology Museum. (c)
Roman mosaic of a Naiad from Zeugma, 1st-2nd c. AD. Gaziantep Museum of Archaeology. (c)

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