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What does Homer mean?

Homer Pronunciation of Homer as a boys' name is pronounced HOH-mer. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Homer is "hostage". English form of the name of the Greek poet HomÍros, which is identical to the Greek word homÍros. Two of the greatest works of Greek epic poetry, the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey", are attributed to Homer. See also Milton, Virgil. Cartoon character Homer Simpson; artist Winslow Homer.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, greatest, epic (mythology), poetry (literary)


VARIANTS Homar, Homere, Homero, Homeros, Homerus, Omero

(male) Hamer, ..

(female) Hoder, ..

Homer Riggs (H.R.), ..

How popular is Homer?

Homer is a very popular first name for males (#321 out of 1220, Top 26%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#5339 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Homer reached its apex rank of #72 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, but is not found in the list currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Milton (#1218 LAST YEAR), Virgil (#1993) and Homero are the popular related forms of Homer. These relations of Homer were favored as baby names a century ago (AVERAGE #569) and have become significantly less common since (#1802, 97.9%), with versions such as Virgil becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Homer, Homero, Milton, Virgil in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Homer is alike in pronunciation to Hamar, Hammar, Hammer and Hammur. Other recommended sound-alike names are Amer, Ammer, Aymer, Dover, Elmer, Gomer, Gower, Hamel, Heber, Heder, Hobert, Hobey, Holmes, Hooker, Hooper, Hopper, Hosea, Howe, Howel, Hume, Hyder, Hymen, Omer, Roger, Roper, Rover, Royer, Shomer, Sommer, Tower, Ulmer and Umer. These names tend to be less frequently used than Homer.

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