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Achilles Meaning and Origin

The name Achilles is a boy’s name meaning “pain, sorrow, warrior” and is of Greek origin. Achilles is a male given name of Greek origin. It derives from the ancient Greek name “Achilleus”, which is associated with one of the greatest heroes of Greek mythology. Achilles was a prominent figure in the epic poem “The Iliad” by Homer, and his name has since become synonymous with bravery, strength, and valor. The name Achilles is commonly interpreted to have several possible meanings, reflecting the characteristics of the mythical hero. One interpretation is “he who has the people’s sorrow,” derived from the Greek words “akhos” (sorrow, grief) and “laos” (people). Another possible meaning is “warrior,” linked to the Greek word “achos” (battle). Both interpretations emphasize the legendary hero’s tragic fate and his prowess as a warrior. In Greek mythology, Achilles is known as the invincible and charismatic hero of the Trojan War. He was the son of the sea nymph Thetis and King Peleus of Phthia. To make her son immortal and invulnerable, Thetis dipped Achilles into the River Styx, holding him by the heel. However, the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable, and it later became his only weak spot, leading to his eventual downfall. In modern times, Achilles remains a strong and resonant name, evoking a sense of courage and strength. 

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