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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun A*pol"lo
A deity among the Greeks and Romans. He was the god of light and day (the “sun god”), of archery, prophecy, medicine, poetry, and music, etc., and was represented as the model of manly grace and beauty; -- called also Phébus.

Etymology: L. Apollo -linis, Gr. �

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  1. (Greek mythology) Greek god of light; god of prophecy and poetry and music and healing; son of Zeus and Leto; twin brother of Artemis

From Latin Apollo, from Ancient Greek Ἀπόλλων (Apóllōn).

  1. (Greek mythology, Roman mythology): The son of Zeus and Leto, (or Jupiter and Latona), and the twin brother of Artemis, (or Diana). He was the god of light, music, medicine, and poetry; and prophecy, dance, manly beauty, and more.
  2. (astronomy) The planet Mercury, when observed as a Morning Star.
  3. (astronomy) Short for 1862 Apollo, an Apollo asteroid.
  4. (NASA, space science) A United States space program, and the vehicles it created, used for human travel to the moon.
  5. (with "the") Apollo Theater, a music hall in New York City associated with African-American performers.
  6. The butterfly Parnassius apollo, a large swallowtail with black and red spots on white wings.
  7. A very handsome young man.
  8. A male given name.
  9. A placename.

From the object 1862 Apollo.

  1. (astronomy) An asteroid possessing an orbit that crosses the orbit of the Earth and an orbital period of over one year, with semimajor axes greater than 1 AU, and perihelion distances less than 1.017 AU.

    Apollo was also found in the following language(s): Italian, Latin, and Portuguese

    Notable Persons Named Apollo

    Apollo Creed was a professional boxer and boxing. Apollo was born on August 17th, 1942 in Los Angeles. He passed away on August 31st, 1985.


    Apollo Milton Obote was a (1st Executive Prime Minister), and 2nd Prime Minister of Uganda. His career lasted from 1966 to 1971. Apollo was born on December 28th, 1925 in Apac. He breathed his last breath on October 10th, 2005.


    He holds the title The Appointed Son of God and The Appointed Son of God (self-proclaimed). Apollo was born on April 25th, 1950 in Mt. Apo, Tamayong, Davao City, Philippines.


    Apollo Robbins is a consultant, magic (illusion), gentleman thief, security consultant, and magician. Apollo was born on May 23rd, 1974 in Plainview, Texas, U.S.


    Apollo is a fictional character.


    Apollo Papathanasio is a heavy metal music and power metal musician. He plays Guitar and Vocals. Apollo was given the name Apostolos Papathanasio on March 15th, 1969 in Borås.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Apollo

    Apollo is a fictional character.


    Phil was born in Massachusetts. Phil is also known as Panos, Phil; Playboy, The; Apollo, and Vince.


    They hold the title Monks. Saints was born in 4 in Akhmim. They died in 4.


    Argentina was born on January 1st, 1938 in Buenos Aires. He passed away on August 2nd, 1984.


    James Apollo is a blues, soul music, and indie rock musician. He plays Guitar, Piano, and Vocals. James was born James Apollo on December 25th, 1982 in Northwest Arkansas. James is also known as Apollo and J. W..


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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1965 6 0 6
    1969 15 0 15
    1971 14 0 14
    1972 8 0 8
    1973 12 0 12
    1974 8 0 8
    1975 8 0 8
    1976 6 0 6
    1977 7 0 7
    1978 26 0 26
    1979 45 0 45
    1980 23 0 23
    1981 20 0 20
    1982 39 0 39
    1983 24 0 24
    1984 22 0 22
    1985 30 0 30
    1986 41 0 41
    1987 28 0 28
    1988 21 0 21
    1989 15 0 15
    1990 22 0 22
    1991 23 0 23
    1992 14 0 14
    1993 7 0 7
    1994 9 0 9
    1995 12 0 12
    1996 9 0 9
    1997 9 0 9
    1998 19 0 19
    1999 19 0 19
    2000 15 0 15
    2001 12 0 12
    2002 48 0 48
    2003 31 0 31
    2004 38 0 38
    2005 43 0 43
    2006 71 0 71
    2007 93 0 93
    2008 80 0 80
    2009 80 0 80
    2010 142 0 142
    2011 142 0 142
    2012 201 0 201
    2013 205 0 205
    2014 286 0 286
    2015 320 0 320
    2016 468 0 468
    2017 525 0 525

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Apollo U.S.
      White 72.10% 64.26%
      African American 8.75% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.78% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.36% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 13.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Apollo

    People with the last name Apollo are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Apollo

    • What name lists does Apollo rank for?
    • How Popular is the name Apollo? Apollo is the 4,870th most popular name of all time. As a last name Apollo was the 49,636th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Apollo have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,361 babies born with the first name Apollo in the United States. That's more than enough people named Apollo to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Apollo? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1965 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Apollo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Apollo is Sunday, October 10th, 1869.
    • What year had the most people named Apollo born? The highest recorded use of the first name Apollo was in 2017 with a total of 525 babies.
    • Random Apollo Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Apollo is not a popular baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 2017.
    • Weird things about the name Apollo: Your name in reverse order is Ollopa. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Looapl. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Apollo? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 423 people with the last name Apollo.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Apollo? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Apollo as their last name since less than 1 person in 714k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • 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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