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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Atlas

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  • A user from Illinois, United States says the name Atlas is of Greek origin and means "Person who holds the world in his hands".
  • According to a user from West Virginia, United States, the name Atlas is of Greek origin and means "Atlas was a Titan in Greek mythology. He was punished by Zeus to hold the sky away from the earth, literally "carrying the weight of the earth on his shoulders," until the end of time.".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun At"las
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  1. One who sustains a great burden.
  2. [Anat] The first vertebra of the neck, articulating immediately with the skull, thus sustaining the globe of the head, whence the name.
  3. A collection of maps in a volume
  4. A volume of plates illustrating any subject.
  5. A work in which subjects are exhibited in a tabular from or arrangement; as, an historical atlas .
  6. A large, square folio, resembling a volume of maps; -- called also atlas folio.
  7. A drawing paper of large size. See under Paper (n.)

Note: supposed to be so called from a picture of Atlas supporting the world, prefixed to some collections. This name is said to have been first used by Mercator, the celebrated geographer, in the 16th century.

Etymology: L. Atlas, -antis, Gr. �, �, one of the older family of gods, who bears up the pillars of heaven; also Mt. Atlas, in W. Africa, regarded as the pillar of heaven. It is from the root of tlh^nai to bear. See Tolerate

noun At"las
A rich kind of satin manufactured in India.

Etymology: Ar., smooth

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A figure of a man used as a supporting column
  2. The 1st cervical vertebra
  3. A collection of maps in book form
  4. (Greek mythology) a Titan who was forced by Zeus to bear the sky on his shoulders
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From Latin Ātlās, from Ancient Greek Ἄτλας (Átlas).

  1. (Greek mythology) The son of Iapetus and Clymene, war leader of the Titans ordered by the god Zeus to support the sky on his shoulders; father to Hesperides, the Hyades, and the Pleiades; king of the legendary Atlantis.
  2. (astronomy) A moon of Saturn.
  3. (astronomy) A crater in the first quadrant of the moon.
  4. (astronomy) A triple star system in the Pleiades open cluster (M45) also known as 27 Tauri.
  5. (warfare, US) Intercontinental ballistic missile.

Atlas was also found in the following language(s): French, German, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Atlas

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Atlas Herrion is a football player. Atlas was born on December 3rd, 1980 in Daphne, Alabama.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Atlas

Tony Atlas is a wrestler. Tony was born on April 23rd, 1954 in Roanoke, Virginia.

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Charles Atlas was a bodybuilder. Charles was given the name Angelo Siciliano on October 30th, 1892 in Acri. He breathed his last breath on December 24th, 1972.

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Zeb was given the name Andy Bick on October 15th, 1970 in Portland, Oregon.

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Natacha Atlas is a world music, arabic pop music, and ethnic electronica musician. She was most active from 1989 to present. Natacha was born on March 20th, 1964 in Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium.

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Dem Atlas is a hip hop music rapping. His ongoing career started in 2010. Dem was given the name Joshua Evans Turner in Akron, Ohio.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1883 5 0 5
1890 6 0 6
1903 6 0 6
1904 6 0 6
1910 13 5 8
1912 5 5 0
1913 18 8 10
1914 13 0 13
1915 15 6 9
1916 25 8 17
1917 23 9 14
1918 19 0 19
1919 24 8 16
1920 20 5 15
1921 23 5 18
1922 29 8 21
1923 16 0 16
1924 19 5 14
1925 20 6 14
1926 9 0 9
1927 14 0 14
1928 12 0 12
1929 8 0 8
1930 23 5 18
1931 6 0 6
1932 6 0 6
1933 15 5 10
1934 14 5 9
1935 10 0 10
1936 9 0 9
1937 12 0 12
1938 9 0 9
1939 6 0 6
1940 6 0 6
1941 8 0 8
1942 6 0 6
1943 11 0 11
1944 7 0 7
1945 7 0 7
1946 11 0 11
1947 9 0 9
1948 12 0 12
1949 13 0 13
1950 6 0 6
1952 10 0 10
1953 6 0 6
1954 8 0 8
1956 6 0 6
1957 6 0 6
1958 9 0 9
1959 7 0 7
1960 7 0 7
1961 9 0 9
1962 7 0 7
1963 6 0 6
1964 8 0 8
1966 5 0 5
1967 8 0 8
1971 10 0 10
1974 6 0 6
1975 5 0 5
1977 5 0 5
1978 6 0 6
1980 9 0 9
1981 7 0 7
1982 6 0 6
1983 5 0 5
1985 5 0 5
1986 5 0 5
1989 7 0 7
1990 5 0 5
1991 9 0 9
1993 13 0 13
1994 5 0 5
1995 6 0 6
1996 10 0 10
1997 7 0 7
1998 12 0 12
1999 9 0 9
2000 8 0 8
2001 8 0 8
2002 13 0 13
2003 12 0 12
2004 20 0 20
2005 17 0 17
2006 19 0 19
2007 35 0 35
2008 54 0 54
2009 62 0 62
2010 100 0 100
2011 108 0 108
2012 126 7 119
2013 294 7 287
2014 431 21 410
2015 629 30 599
2016 821 27 794
2017 1,090 56 1,034

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Popularity of Atlas as a first name

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Popularity of Atlas as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Atlas U.S.
  White 73.69% 64.26%
  African American 16.62% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.86% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.46% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.38% 16.26%

Of Last Name Atlas

People with the last name Atlas are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Atlas

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  • How Popular is the name Atlas? Atlas is the 3,958th most popular name of all time. As a last name Atlas was the 14,866th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Atlas have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,655 babies born with the first name Atlas in the United States. That's more than enough people named Atlas to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Atlas? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1883 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Atlas first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Atlas is Saturday, June 15th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Atlas born? The highest recorded use of the first name Atlas was in 2017 with a total of 1,034 babies. That's a lot of babies named Atlas!
  • Random Atlas Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Atlas is not a popular baby boy's name in Indiana. Imagine that, only 16 babies in Indiana have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Atlas: Your name in reverse order is Salta. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sltaa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Atlas? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,992 people with the last name Atlas.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Atlas? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Atlas as their last name since less than 1 person in 147k 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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