Ukrainian place-name

Odessa Origin and Meaning

The name Odessa is a girl's name of Russian origin.

Odessa, a Ukrainian port city, was given its name by Catherine the Great, who was inspired by Homer's Odyssey. It would make an original and intriguing choice.

Though rare today, Odessa had more U.S. popularity in the past than you might imagine. It actually ranked in the Top 1000 every year from 1880, the year Social Security records began to be kept, through 1956. Then anti-Russian sentiment during the Cold War took it off the table. Michael Chiklis, onetime Commish, has a daughter named Odessa.

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Odessa Rank in US Top 1000

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Odessa Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Odessa Popularity

Famous People Named Odessa

  • Odessa ClevelandAmerican actress
  • Odessa Warren GreyAmerican milliner, entrepreneur, and performer
  • Odessa Lee Grady Claymother of American boxer Muhammad Ali
  • Odessa YoungAustralian actress
  • Odessa Zion Segall Adlonalso known as Odessa A'zion, actress and daughter of Pamela Adlon
  • Odessa Chiklisdaughter of actor Michael Chiklis
  • Odessa Piperchef
  • Jennifer Odessa Nettleslead singer of American country band Sugarland

Odessa in Pop Culture

  • Odessa GreenLight, main character in "Odessa Again" by Dana Reinhardt
  • Odessa Cubbageminor character in video game "Half,Life 2"
  • Odessa Dobsona character in TV movie The Spoils of Babylon
  • Odessacharacter in the fantasy series Etheria
  • Odessarecurring character on Into the Badlands
  • Odessasong by Caribou