"bearer of the heavens"

Atlas Origin and Meaning

The name Atlas is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "bearer of the heavens".

Atlas is one of those names that was previously thought too powerful for a baby boy, who would have to be strong enough to carry the world on his shoulders. Now Atlas has joined the pantheon of Greek and Roman god and goddess names in the realm of possibility, along with Mars, Zeus and Apollo.

Atlas was one of the fast-rising names on the list in recent years in the USA, jumping from oblivion in 2012 into the Top 500 in 2015, and climbing several hundred places higher since then. Anne Heche was one of the first to make this audacious choice, but several celebrity parents have followed suit.

As well as the mythological connection, Atlas is a cool geographical word name – perfect for the child of parents who love traveling or who hail from different parts of the globe.

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Atlas Rank in US Top 1000

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Atlas Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Atlas Popularity

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Famous People Named Atlas

  • Atlas Heche Tupper (b. 2009)son of actors Anne Heche and James Tupper
  • Atlas Norton (b. 2013)son of actor Edward Norton and producer Shauna Robertson
  • Atlas Hendrix Sanchez (b. 2014)son of musician Claudio Sanchez of band Coheed and Cambria
  • Atlas Cade Williams (b. 2018)son of American YouTubers Cory & Kristen Williams
  • Charles Atlas (born Angelo Siciliano)Italian bodybuilder
  • Atlas Blu Klamer (b. 2016)son of singer Jonny Blu and actress Jacqueline Piñol
  • Atlas Noa (b. 2019)daughter of Shay Mitchell and Matte Babbel.

Atlas in Pop Culture

  • "Atlas Shrugged" novel by Ayn Rand
  • "Cloud Atlas" novel by David Mitchell; also the title of its 2012 film adaptation
  • Atlascharacter in "BioShock"
  • Atlasone of the co,op robots in "Portal 2"
  • Atlas Flynna young Irish laborer in William Trevor's 1971 novel "Miss Gomez and the Brethren"
  • J. Daniel Atlasfrom the movie "Now You See Me"
  • Atlassong by Coldplay
  • Atlas Corrigancharacter from "It Ends with Us"
  • Atlas Fullercharacter in Katharine McGee's "The Thousandth Floor" trilogy
  • 'Atlas' (Year OneYear Two), an ongoing album project by Sleeping At Last

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