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Origin and Meaning of Prometheus

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  • A submission from California, United States says the name Prometheus means "Fore-sight" and is of Greek origin.
  • A user from Jamaica says the name Prometheus is of Greek origin and means "Giver of Fire".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pro*me"the*us
The son of Iapetus (one of the Titans) and Clymene, fabled by the poets to have surpassed all mankind in knowledge, and to have formed men of clay to whom he gave life by means of fire stolen from heaven. Jupiter, being angry at this, sent Mercury to bind Prometheus to Mount Caucasus, where a vulture preyed upon his liver.

Etymology: L., fr. Gr. �, from � to have forethought for

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Greek mythology) the Titan who stole fire from Olympus and gave it to mankind; Zeus punished him by chaining him to a rock where an eagle gnawed at his liver until Hercules rescued him

From Ancient Greek Προμηθεύς (Promētheús), from πρό (pró, “before”) + μήδεα (mḗdea, “thoughts, ruses, concerns”).

  1. A male given name
  2. (Greek mythology) The Titan chiefly honored for stealing fire from Zeus in the stalk of a fennel plant and giving it to mortals for their use. The god of fire and craft.
  3. (astronomy) A moon of the planet Saturn.

Prometheus was also found in the following language(s): German and Latin

Notable Persons Named Prometheus

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Fun Facts about the name Prometheus

  • How Popular is the name Prometheus? Prometheus is the 58,147th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Prometheus have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 26 babies born with the first name Prometheus in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Prometheus? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2013 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Prometheus first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Prometheus is Monday, June 29th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Prometheus born? The highest recorded use of the first name Prometheus was in 2015 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Prometheus: Your name in reverse order is Suehtemorp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mepetshoru. 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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