Achilles

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2k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
634
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Achilles

"Achilles" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Pain". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Achilles
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  1. a mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the seige of Troy.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy; when he was a baby his mother tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable--his `Achilles' heel'
Wiktionary

Borrowing from Latin Achilles, from Ancient Greek Ἀχιλλεύς (Akhilleús).

  1. (Greek mythology) semi-divine hero, son of Peleus and the nymph Thetis, prince and leader of the Myrmidons; great warrior of the Achaean (Greek) camp, killed in the Trojan War; central character of the Iliad.

Achilles was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Dutch, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Achilles

James Daunt is a managing director and waterstones. James was given the name Achilles James Daunt by his parent Timothy Daunt on October 18th, 1963.

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Achilles Painter is an artist. Achilles was given the name Unknown. Name assigned by Beazley after a theme of Achilles painted on a Lekythos in the Vatican Museums.

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Achilles Liarmakopoulos is a notable human. Achilles was born on August 29th, 1985.

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Achilles Rizzoli is an artist.

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Achilles Frydman was a famed individual. Achilles was born in 1905. He passed away in 1940.

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Achilles Alferaki was a composerpolitician. Achilles was born on July 3rd, 1846 in Kharkiv. He left this life on December 27th, 1919.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Achilles

Elector of Brandenburg Albrecht III Achilles was a noble. Elector was born as the child of Frederick I, Elector of Brandenburg, Elisabeth of Bavaria, and Electress of Brandenburg on November 9th, 1414 in Tangermünde. He passed away on March 11th, 1486.

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Theodore Carter Achilles was a diplomat. Theodore was born on December 29th, 1905 in Rochester, New York. He passed away on April 8th, 1986.

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Charles M. Achilles was a famous person. Charles was born on September 9th, 1936. He passed away on February 8th, 2013.

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Edith Frances MulHall Achilles is an influential somebody. Edith was born on August 6th, 1892 in Boston.

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Achilles is a famed individual. He was most active from 1201 to 1201.

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How popular is the baby name Achilles in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1912 8 0 8
1915 10 0 10
1916 5 0 5
1917 7 0 7
1918 7 0 7
1919 6 0 6
1920 8 0 8
1921 9 0 9
1922 5 0 5
1923 16 0 16
1924 8 0 8
1925 5 0 5
1926 11 0 11
1927 10 0 10
1929 6 0 6
1931 5 0 5
1932 13 0 13
1937 5 0 5
1940 5 0 5
1950 5 0 5
1968 5 0 5
1972 6 0 6
1973 9 0 9
1975 8 0 8
1976 6 0 6
1980 5 0 5
1982 7 0 7
1985 5 0 5
1988 6 0 6
1989 6 0 6
1992 8 0 8
1993 5 0 5
1994 7 0 7
1995 5 0 5
1997 7 0 7
1998 5 0 5
1999 6 0 6
2000 10 0 10
2001 8 0 8
2002 7 0 7
2003 6 0 6
2004 32 0 32
2005 133 0 133
2006 160 0 160
2007 111 0 111
2008 128 0 128
2009 100 0 100
2010 110 0 110
2011 123 0 123
2012 147 0 147
2013 142 0 142
2014 169 0 169
2015 212 0 212
2016 226 0 226

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Popularity of Achilles as a first name

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Popularity of Achilles as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Achilles U.S.
  White 91.01% 64.26%
  African American 1.74% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.95% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.79% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.58% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.94% 16.26%

Of Last Name Achilles

People with the last name Achilles are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Achilles

  • How Popular is the name Achilles? Achilles is the 6,498th most popular name of all time. As a last name Achilles was the 35,489th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Achilles have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,084 babies born with the first name Achilles in the United States. That's more than enough people named Achilles to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Achilles? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Achilles first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Achilles is Sunday, February 28th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Achilles born? The highest recorded use of the first name Achilles was in 2016 with a total of 226 babies.
  • Random Achilles Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Achilles is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 7 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2010.
  • Weird things about the name Achilles: Your name in reverse order is Sellihca. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hieaslcl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Achilles? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 634 people with the last name Achilles.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Achilles? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Achilles as their last name since less than 1 person in 476k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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