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Most people know Achilles as the name of the legendary Greek literary character, but for the last few years, Americans have been toying with it as a popular baby name for boys. It even made the list of the top 1,000 names for boys between 2015 and 2018, and while it's fallen off the list for a few years, it seems to be on the rise again. The name can certainly be symbolic to new parents, and it actually sounds cute with both classic and more modern middle names.

Meaning of the name Achilles:

Greek: Pain

Origin of the name Achilles:

The baby name Achilles was the name of a popular Greek character. Some believe it was derived from the word “akhos,” which actually means “pain.”

Symbolism of the name Achilles:

Despite its potential meaning, the baby name Achilles is often thought to symbolize bravery, intelligence, loyalty and power.

Style of the name Achilles:

Classic

Gender of the name Achilles:

Achilles is a boy's baby name.

Pronunciation of the name Achilles:

a-KILL-eez

Number of syllables in the name Achilles:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Achilles:

The baby name Achilles evokes images of someone who is a humanitarian who puts his community first.

Alternative spellings for the name Achilles:

  • Achiles
  • Achyles
  • Achylles

Nicknames for the name Achilles:

  • Archie
  • Chill

Popularity of the name Achilles:

Achilles was a top 1,000 baby name for boys between 2015 and 2018, according to the Social Security Administration. It last ranked at number 855 in 2018.

Related names for the name Achilles:

Great middle names for Achilles and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Achilles:

  • Achilles Alferaki(composer)
  • Achilleus Kewanuka (Ugandan saint)
  • Achilles Tatius (writer)

Achilles in popular culture:

  • Achilles (character from Marvel Comics)
  • Achilles de Flandres (character in the “Ender's Game” series of novels)
  • Achillesof a horse character in the animated movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”)
  • Achilles Davenport (character in the video game “Assassin's Creed III”)