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What does Apollo mean?

Apollo Pronunciation of Apollo [apol-lo] as a boys' name is pronounced er-POH-loh. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Apollo is "destroyer". Mythology: the Greek and Roman god of light, music, and poetry, who drives the sun across the sky in a carriage, and also rules over healing and prophecy, speaking through the famous oracle at Delphi. The name comes from Appollyon, Greek translation of the Hebrew word "abaddon", meaning "destroyer". Biblical: Apollo was one of the early Christian disciples. In modern philosophy, Apollo has come to symbolize the classical and intellectual aspects of thought. In contrast, Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry, represents the spontaneous and instinctual.

Associated with: greek, mythology, roman, light (bright), poetry (literary), sun (star), sky (heaven), rules (king), healing (life), famous, oracle (prophet), biblical, modern, classical (medieval).


Apollo has 3 variants: Apollon, Apollos and Apolo.

Affiliated boy name: Feivel.

3 feminine forms: Abellona, Apollonia and Phoebe.

Creative forms:
(male) Apolai, Apolan, ..

(female) Apolai, Apolay, ..

Middle name pairings:
Apollo Deshaun (A.D.), ..

How popular is Apollo?

Apollo is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#48665 out of 150436, Top 32%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Apollo entered the list in 2006 and reached its peak position of #751 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Abell, Adelfo, Adolf, Adolfo, Adollf (see Adolph), Adolph, Adolpho, Adulio, Aeolos, Aeolus, Agnolo, Agosto, Aiolos, Aiolus, Akilla, Aldo, Alfo, Alldo (see Aldo), Allon, Alonso, Alonzo, Alto, Amalio, Amelio, Angelo, Anjelo, Antolle, Apolonio, Aquillo, Aquilo, Araldo, Arlo, Arnoldo, Aroldo, Arrlo, Atholl, Atilo, Aurelo, Axell, Axill, Capello, Gallo, Lallo, Manollo, Paolo, Rollo and Zoilo. These names tend to be more frequently used than Apollo.

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