Gender: Male Origin of Atlas: Greek god name Atlas's Popularity in 2018: #291

Atlas Origin and Meaning

The name Atlas is a boy's name of Greek origin.

Previously thought too powerful for a baby boy--who would have to be strong enough to carry the world on his shoulders--Atlas has joined the pantheon of Greek and Roman god and goddess names now in the realm of possibility, along with Mars, Zeus and Hermes. It 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. Anne Heche was one of the first to make this audacious choice.

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Rank in US: #291

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shells15 Says:


I would use this as a middle name to honor Pamela, a difficult name to honor with a boy name. The Pamela I know goes by Pam. Pam turned backward is Map. Map gets me to Atlas.

Aria4 Says:


I love this name. It's unfortunate that some people interpret Atlas as originally or inherently meaning "not enduring," but I guess that's their loss. If you look up the etymology of the word, you can see that long before the name was applied to a Titan, it was used to refer to mountains, or "mountains that could hold up the sky." This meaning, along with others, make for a powerful name. I'm hoping to name my son Atlas, and I certainly don't mind if it remains uncommon.

xAlice Says:


Partner wants this name but I hate it. It seems so trendy/hipster and super hypermasculine and too mythological based for my liking. And I also don't know why anyone would choose it as a girl name when the Titan is a male and finally, my partner owns too much Atlases. To each their own I guess.

xAlice Says:


The god Atlas rebelled and waged a war against the Olympians and he was a Titan not a god. Not so sure if he had good heart in that sense.

Hero_Phoebus Says:


My number one potential name for a son..... Atlas Hercules (Hercules as the middle name). Hercules may seem like one of those names people define as "unusable", and I would never dare to use it as a first name, but in the middle spot I find that it fits perfectly. Fun fact: Elton John's middle name is Hercules - Sir Elton Hercules John (:

Wildmoonchild Says:


Love Atlas so much it's at the top of my list. I hope it doesn't become too trendy!

Starelli Says:


I like it. Strong and powerful.

stella2007 Says:


I met a 23 year old boy today and his name was Atlas. I thought it was so cool so I searched to see if this name has ever been considered by others. It really suited him and I didn't find the name funny or awkward. Definitely recommend for anyone considering the name for a boy.

jaz.fortune Says:


Love this as a middle name. Favorite combo is Leander Atlas.

inkandthesea Says:


This name is cool......

nila Says:


My hub and I have a few rules for the names of our future kids; we want something that begins with A, we want it to be connected to the celestial, and we want it to be able to pronounced in both English and Swedish (I'm American/He's Swedish). We both love this band called Parkway Drive, who have a song and album called Atlas and it made me realise, THIS IS MY DREAM BOY NAME!

Burcu Says:


:) My son is Atlas :) He was born in November 27, turned 3.... And he is really very strong, good hearted and handsome like the Greek God Atlas :)

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I hate to say it but I love, love, LOVE this name!! It goes against all my rules and all the things I look for... But I can't not love it. I've always steered clear of modern sounding names and favoured classical names instead, and have never been a massive fan of word-names either, but I could definitely see myself using Atlas as a first or middle name in the future <3

eveyalecia Says:


I really like this name, but was always a bit put off by the presumed meaning ("not enduring"). But I just found out there's another possible meaning! Atlas may mean "The Bearer," as in the Bearer of the Heavens, which is a much nicer meaning that I like a lot better. :)

Olivia Murphy Says:


uh, correction. I believe you'll find that Atlas is the name of the Greek TITAN who holds up the sky. Not god.

mannekelly Says:


I understand the meaning of the name being negative. But to me, a literal meaning is to look in the atlas and discover something. Which isnt that bad. Kind of like a new child shows you way more to the world than expected. A new place, a new map?

waltzingmorethanmatilda Says:


You can see quite a few females named Atlas in historical records, although it's more common as a male name.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Just a heads up, this name is speculated to mean 'one who could not withstand'

lnxn09 Says:


I would love to see Atlas used more often! It's very handsome and deserves some attention!

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I love Greek Mythology too, but I'd choose a name after a mythological figue that didn't have a trgaic ending.

KaylaC Says:


I love this name! Imagine my surprise when searching my family tree to find a sibling of my great grandfather's name was Atlas. But it wasn't an great great uncle it was an aunt. Never thought it could have been a name for a girl until then. It's my guilt pleasure now.

amberdaydream Says:


This name is really out-there. But also really really attractive.

eveyalecia Says:


I really like it, however I think the meaning is a bit of a downside. Means "not enduring."

shayna Says:


This is my daughter's name. She was born in July. Atlas Josephine. We rarely use a nn, but Attie Jo occasionally.

eveyalecia Says:


Well, world atlases themselves are named for the Greek titan... so in the end it does come back around to its mythological origins. :)

ShannonLim Says:


Although I'm trying to like this name, it just makes me think of the World Atlas :/

DearestJules Says:


Congrats! Lassie would make a cute nickname for a female Atlas.

cengel73 Says:


Absolutely not.

Clarissa Says:


This will be the name of our DAUGHTER due Sept. 2014. I've seen boys use it but I've never heard of a girl. We are excited to have such a unique moniker!

MaryKathryn Says:


I'm seriously considering this as a future name for my son! It's so cool and I love it's euphonious sound!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I totally agree! I don't think the connection to mythology is worth it to be named after a book.

cammi814 Says:


I love the name Atlas! My husband and I have both traveled extensively, and I have a passion for Greek mythology. We chose it as one of the middle names for our first son. It's the name he goes by.

SunKissedChild Says:


It just makes me think of the book of maps... I have an atlas on my bookshelf. Yes, there's the whole greek mythology side of the name, but to me it's still like naming your kid "dictionary".