Other Origin(s):Latin
Meaning:Against, compared to, like; Den, lair; Leaf, paper, thing of no consequence
Antipholus is a boy’s name of Greek and possibly Latin origin. This name appears in William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors which features twin brothers, both named Antipholus. One is Antipholus of Ephesus, the other Antipholus of Syracuse. The name may be a combination of the Greek word anti, meaning “against, compared to, like” and the name Pholus, meaning “den, lair.” In Greek mythology, Pholus was a centaur whose intelligence and civilized ways made him different from other centaurs. Alternatively, the second part of this name may come from the Latin folium. This word refers to a leaf, a sheet of paper, or a thing of no consequence. Antipholus is a great choice if you’re looking for a more unusual Shakespeare-inspired name. You could even pay tribute to the original play by giving it to a twin, though maybe not two twins!

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