Achilles

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Usage

Sweden Swedish
Finland Finnish
Denmark Danish

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Origin and Meaning

Latin spelling of the Greek name Αχιλλευς (Achilleus) of unknown, possibly pre-Greek, origin. Theories include:

1) Connected to the name of the River Akheloös [1]

2) From Greek αχος (achos) = 'pain, distress' [2]

3) From Greek a- = 'without' and kheilea = 'lips' [2]

Related Names

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Further Information

Pronunciation

Swedish: [a'kɪl:əs] (key) [3]

Greek Mythology

Achilles is the son of the sea nymph Thetis and the mortal Peleus. He was the leading warrior of the Greek army attacking Troy. He withdrew from the siege as a result of a slight to his honour, until his lover Patroclus was killed wearing his armour, whereupon he rejoined the fray in order to avenge him.

Statistics

Name Count per Country (What's this?)

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Country
Commonness
Commonness
Total Female ♀ Male ♂
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
Sweden Sweden[4]
26 56 0 0 26 56
Denmark Denmark[5]
10
n.a.
0
n.a.
10
n.a.
Finland Finland[6]
n.a.
20 0 0
n.a.
20
Iceland Iceland[7]
1 1
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
Norway Norway[8]
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
8
n.a.
Greenland Greenland[9]
0 0
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
  #: count of main first name only
  &: count of both main and additional first names
Name counts are approximate as statistics normally is not published
for names given to less than 3 or 5 persons per country.

 

No recent statistics trend found in databases for Achilles.


References

  1. Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: Oxford Dictionary of First Names (2003)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Adrian Room: Brewer's Dictionary of Names (1992)
  3. Per Hedelin: Norstedts svenska uttalslexikon (1997)
  4. Statistiska Centralbyrån, National statistics office of Sweden, http://www.scb.se/
  5. Danmarks Statistik, National statistics office of Denmark, http://www.dst.dk
  6. Väestörekisterikeskus, National Population Register Centre of Finland, http://www.vrk.fi
  7. Hagstofa Íslands, National statistics office of Iceland, http://www.hagstofan.is/
  8. Statistisk Sentralbyrå, National statistics office of Norway, http://www.ssb.no
  9. Grønlands Statistik, Statistics office of Greenland, http://www.stat.gl/