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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Per"se*us
  1. [Class. Myth] A Grecian legendary hero, son of Jupiter and Danaë, who slew the Gorgon Medusa.
  2. [Astron] A consellation of the northern hemisphere, near Taurus and Cassiopea. It contains a star cluster visible to the naked eye as a nebula.

Etymology: L., from Gr. �

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  1. A conspicuous constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Auriga and Cassiopeia and crossed by the Milky Way
  2. (Greek mythology) the son of Zeus who slew Medusa (with the help of Athena and Hermes) and rescued Andromeda from a sea monster

Latin from the Ancient Greek Περσεύς (Perseús).

  1. (Greek mythology) The mythological Greek warrior who slew the Gorgon Medusa by decapitating her. He married Andromeda after rescuing her from Ceto and founded Mycenae. He was the son of Zeus and Danae.
  2. (astronomy) An autumn constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble the mythical hero. It includes the stars Algenib and Algol.
  3. The last Antigonid king of Macedonia, Perseus of Macedon.

Perseus was also found in the following language(s): Finnish and Latin

Notable Persons Named Perseus

Perseus was born on May 2nd, 1990.


Fun Facts about the name Perseus

  • How Popular is the name Perseus? Perseus is the 18,463rd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Perseus have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 405 babies born with the first name Perseus in the United States. That's more than enough people named Perseus 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 Perseus? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1983 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Perseus first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Perseus is Saturday, March 10th, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Perseus born? The highest recorded use of the first name Perseus was in 2016 with a total of 63 babies.
  • Random Perseus Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Perseus is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 12 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Perseus: Your name in reverse order is Suesrep. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Euspser. 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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