Achilleas

Achilleas is a male Greek name that is known since the ancient years.

Achilleas comes from the  Greek word αχος (achos), which means pain. A second explanation is that it comes from the name of the Achelous River, meaning an embodiment of the grief of the people.

The name Achilleas, or Achilles in English, is mostly known all over the world due to the famous hero Achilleas who was one of the protagonists in the Trojan War.

male greek name achilleas

Sound of name Achilleas: A-hee-lé-as

Female Version of name Achilleas: N/A

Nameday of Achilleas: April 24th

Origin of name Achilleas

The name Achilleas is included in the Orthodox Calendar due to a man who lived during the 5th century AD. We do not have any known information on this person, except a few references in a religious book of the Epistles.

The name Achilleas has become famous due to the great Greek hero Achilleas, the king of the Myrmidons who participated in the Trojan War.

Achilleas is one of the main heroes of the Homeric Iliad, the son of Pileas and Thetis. His mother Thetis was a semi Goddess who wanted to make him immortal, so she dipped him in a lake that would make him invincible and immortal.

The problem was that she was holding him from his heal which did not get affected from the magical water, so his heel was his only weak spot. This is where the phrase “Achilles’ heel” comes from.

Achilles died in Troy, when Goddess Aphrodite revealed Paris that Achilles had a weakness. Achilles was thereafter killed by Paris with an arrow to the heel.

Nicknames deriving from name Achilleas

Achilleas is an ancient Greek name and does not have any nicknames or diminutives.

The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of name Achilleas

Achilleas is bossy and repressive, proud and somewhat egoist. He can be easily irritated and has some violent outbursts.

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