Europe takes its name from Europa, a phoenician princess descent from the lineage of Io.
Zeus fell in love with her and decided to seduce or just ravish her. To get this he transformed himself into a white bull (more or less...) and approached her while she was picking flowers with her maids. When she saw the bull at first she was surprised, but then she notice that was tame so she caressed him and even hopped to his back. Then Zeus ran to the sea and swam to the island of Crete, where he revealed his identity and seduced her being then the first Queen of Crete.
So was the Rape of Europa.
This scene is well represented in artistic paintings all over the History.