Laertes (pr. lay-er-tees) is an Ancient Greek male name meaning “gatherer of the people” made up from Ancient Greek elements lāós (people) and eírein (to fasten together; tie, join). In Greek mythology, Laertes is the father of Odysseus though some sources list Sisyphus as his father. In the Odyssey, Laertes has been grieving over his son’s absence, keeping to himself on a farm until they reunited at his son’s return. Laertes is also the name of a character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1599-1602), the brother of Ophelia.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Laërtes (Ancient Greek)
  • Laértis (Greek)
  • Lartios (Ancient Greek)
  • Laertios (Ancient Greek)


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