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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Or"phe*us
The famous mythic Thracian poet, son of the Muse Calliope, and husband of Eurydice. He is reputed to have had power to entrance beasts and inanimate objects by the music of his lyre.

Etymology: L. Orpheus, Gr. �

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Greek mythology) a great musician; when his wife Eurydice died he went to Hades to get her back but failed

Greek Ὀρφεύς, built from an uncertain root with the -εύς suffix. Perhaps root-cognate to ὀρφανός "orphan".

  1. (Greek mythology) A Thracian musician and poet, who failed to retrieve his wife Eurydice from Hades.
  2. (rare) A male given name.

Orpheus was also found in the following language(s): Latin

Notable Persons Named Orpheus

Orpheus is a comics character.


Orpheus Roye is a football player. His career lasted from 1996 to 2008. Orpheus was born on January 21st, 1973 in Miami.


Orpheus Myron McAdoo was a singer and minstrel show impresario. Orpheus was born on January 4th, 1858 in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. He breathed his last breath on July 17th, 1900.


Orpheus was born on May 1st, 1835 in Erie County, Pennsylvania. He died on June 26th, 1919.


Orpheus was born on July 27th, 1980 in Rhodes.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Orpheus

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Rodney Orpheus is a gothic rock musician. He was most active from 1984 to present. Rodney was given the name William Rodney Campbell on July 8th, 1960 in Moneymore, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.


Fun Facts about the name Orpheus

  • How Popular is the name Orpheus? Orpheus is the 40,824th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Orpheus have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 76 babies born with the first name Orpheus in the United States. That's more than enough people named Orpheus to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Orpheus? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Orpheus first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Orpheus is Sunday, January 17th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Orpheus born? The highest recorded use of the first name Orpheus was in 1968 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Random Orpheus Factoid: According to the 1968 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Orpheus is not a popular baby boy's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 1968.
  • Weird things about the name Orpheus: Your name in reverse order is Suehpro. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Porhesu. How do you pronounce that?

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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).
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