A names, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Achilles is the name of a great warrior in Greek mythology, the son of the human king Peleus of Aegina, and the sea-nymph Thetis. In fact, it was their wedding that resulted in the Trojan war because of all the gods that attended, only Eris, the goddess of discord, wasn’t invited. Angered, she arrived at the wedding with a golden apple for “the fairest one” which was claimed by HeraAphroditeand Athena. A prophecy had been foretold that a son of Thetis would be greater than his father which was why Zeus had her wed to the human king Peleus. When her son was born, Thetis dipped him into the river Styx to make him immortal because of a prophecy that he would die young although, because she held him by the foot when she dunked him in the river, it was the only spot that wasn’t touched by the waters, which led to his death later on in the Trojan war when  he was shot in the heel with an arrow by ParisThe origin of his name is of uncertain meaning though the first part of his name has been linked to Greek akhos meaning “pain or grief” while the second element comes from Greek laos (people) so Achilles means “pain of the people” or “grief of the people”. Another possible meaning is from PIE *h₂eḱ-pṓds meaning “sharp foot” perhaps in reference to his quick-footedness, or “painful foot”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Achilleus (Ancient Greek)
  • Achilleas (Modern Greek)
  • Achille (French, Italian)


Female forms:

  • Achillea (Italian, English)


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