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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

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

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Nicknames for Achilles

The baby name Achilles evokes images of someone who is a humanitarian who puts his community first. Such a respectable and proud name should pair with a great nickname that really fits their personality and individuality. If you're looking for a nickname for the Achilles in your life, we've created a helpful list of options to get you started.

  • Archie
  • Chill
  • AA
  • Lees
  • Leesa
  • Chilly

Achilles Name Details

Style: Classic

Gender: Achilles is traditionally considered to be a boys name.

Pronunciation: ah-KILL-eez

Syllables: Three

Alternative Spelling for Achilles

  • Achiles
  • Achyles
  • Achylles

Achilles Name Popularity

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.

Great Middle Names for Achilles and Their Meanings

Famous People Named Achilles

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