US Popularity:2601
Meaning:Pain or grief of the people
Myth lovers are sure to swoon for the baby name Achilles. Traditionally a boy's name, Achilles derives from the Greek term ákhos, meaning “pain” or “grief,” and ,i>lāós, meaning “people,” which can be interpreted as “pain or grief of the people.” The title might also refer to the Achelous River in Western Greece. Most notably, though, Achilles was a leading character in Homer's Iliad and the brave hero of the Trojan War. Known for his strength, courage, and loyalty, Achilles is possibly most famous for his fatal flaw: his heel. Held by the foot and dipped into the River Styx by his mother, Thetis, Achilles was all but immortal, besides his dry heel. With a heroic name like Achilles and a parent wary of the story, baby will live the life you dreamed for them.

Achilles Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Achilles is currently #1950 on The Bump
Boy:Achilles is currently #1082 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Achilles is currently #2601 in U.S. births
Boy:Achilles is currently #1229 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 247
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • Name Doctor, Achilles

  • Behind the Name, Achilles, November 2020

  • WordSense Dictionary, Achilles

  • Online Etymology Dictionary, Achilles, October 2017

  • Britannica, Achilles, November 2023

  • 100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky pg. 326

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