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What does Proteus mean?

Proteus Pronunciation of Proteus [pro-teus] as a boys' name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Proteus is "primordial, firstborn". From protos. Mythology: an early sea god and god of rivers, Proteus is the first son of Poseidon, older than his brother Triton. Homer calls him the "Old Man of the Sea".

Associated with: greek, mythology, sea, rivers, old.


Creative forms:
(male) Parteus, Peteus, ..

(female) Protas, ..

Middle name pairings:
Proteus Dante (P.D.), ..

How popular is Proteus?

Proteus is an uncommonly occurring first name for males and also an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Proteus has yet to be ranked in the Top 2000 thus far. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Anteus, Artemus, Artus, Brutus, Cronus, Ireneus, Mateus, Orpheus, Perseus, Phoebus, Ponthus, Pontius, Procter, Prosperus (see Prosper) and Proverb. Like Proteus, these names are not frequently used.