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What does Orpheus mean?

Orpheus Pronunciation of Orpheus [or-pheus] as a boys' name is of Greek origin. Possibly "beautiful voice". In Greek mythology, Orpheus was given his lyre by Apollo himself. Trained by the Muses, he developed into a musician so talented he could literally move mountains with his song. When his wife, Eurydice, died from a snake bite, he descended into the realm of the dead to win her back to life. The gods were so moved by his music that they agreed to her return on the condition that Orpheus not look back at her as he led her upward to the sky. He could not resist glancing at her, and she vanished back into Hades. The tragedy of his gallant failure has been made into several operas.

Associated with: greek, beautiful (handsome), mythology, mountains, life, sky (heaven).


Orpheus has 2 variants: Orfeo and Orphie.

1 feminine form: Orfea.

Creative forms:
(male) Opheus, Orober, ..

(female) Oros, Orthe, ..

Middle name pairings:
Orpheus Kent (O.K.), ..

How popular is Orpheus?

Orpheus is a rare first name for men. Orpheus is a rare surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Orpheus has yet to be ranked in the list thus far. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Alpheaus, Alpheus, Alphoeus, Ireneus, Proteus, Sophus and Zacheus. Like Orpheus, these names are not frequently used.