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What does Achilles mean?

Achilles Pronunciation of Achilles [achilles] as a boys' name is pronounced a-KILL-eez. It is of Greek origin. From Achilleus. Mythology: name of the hero of the Trojan War, celebrated in Homer's "Iliad", famous for his valor and manly beauty. He was all but invulnerable, having been dipped in the River Styx by his mother, the nymph Thetis. She held him, however, by the heel, which was thus his one weak point: hence "Achilles' heel". Also a saint's name.

Associated with: greek, mythology, hero, war, famous, valor (brave), beauty (handsome), river, point (warrior), saint.


Achilles has 15 variants: Achill, Achille, Achillea, Achilleo, Achilleus, Achillios, Achillius, Akil, Akilles, Akillios, Akillius, Aquil, Aquiles, Aquilles and Quilo.

Creative forms:
(male) Achilas, Achillis, ..

(female) Achilalee, Achilas, ..

Middle name pairings:
Achilles Geovanni (A.G.), ..

How popular is Achilles?

Achilles is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#34399 out of 150436, Top 23%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Achilles was first listed in 2005 and reached its peak rank of #968 in the U.S. in 2015. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Achilles name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Achilles outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Achilles (#968 from recent data) ranked in the Top 2000 are Aquil and Akil. Adoption of these forms of Achilles was at its highest in 2015. Achilles has been the top favorite.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Achilles, Akil, Aquil in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Achilles and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Achiav (see Achav), Achidan, Achim, Achiram, Achishar, Achmed, Acie, Acilino, Ackerlea (see Ackerley), Ackerley, Acklea, Ackley, Acklie, Acquilla, Ahlois, Ailesh, Aillmer (see Aylmer), Ailmer (see Aylmer), Aimes, Aiolos, Aiolus, Akilla, Allen, Allex, Alley, Aneislis, Antolle, Anwill, Apollos, Aquilla, Aquillo, Archelaus, Archie, Archimedes, Aries, Arles, Arllen, Asheley (see Ashley), Ashelie, Ashlen, Ashley, Ashlie, Atholl, Avrill, Axill, Charles, Dalles, Delles, Ghilles (see Gillies), Ghillies (see Gillies), Giles, Gilles, Gillies, Jiles, Knolles, Miles, Niles, Pericles, Stiles, Wilkes, Willes and Willkes. These names tend to be more frequently used than Achilles.