Gender: Male Meaning of Sisyphus: "son of Aelous" Origin of Sisyphus: Greek

Sisyphus Origin and Meaning

The name Sisyphus is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "son of Aelous".

One of the most severely punished characters in Greek mythology, and the first two syllables don't help.

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AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I tend to be drawn to more delicate, fussy, effeminate name choices for boys, and Sisyphus definitely lives up to those standards. I think that it's elegant, aristocratic, bold, and charming, and I'm really loving the fact that it has such a distinctively antique vintage appeal. All in all, I think it's a excellent name... but even I am skeptical with regard to its use as a first name.

The pronunciation "Sis-suh-fus" might raise a few eyebrows, but I doubt that people would think much of it overall. However, the spelling is a different matter altogether. A baby wouldn't care, a young child wouldn't know, and a grown man would be mature and confident enough to not care - but for an older child/teenager, having the derogatory term "Sissy" (minus an 's') right at the beginning of the name is unlikely to be appreciated. Which is a shame, but understandable.

Sisyphus is the type of name that would be best suited to a very self-assured and outgoing young man, and since I personally hold no guarantee of a future son of mine being that way, I think that I'm unfortunately going to have to abandon the idea of ever using this as a first name. But I'm not giving up on it entirely, as I will be only too glad to use it as a first or second middle name!

RoddyThlayli Says:


He was punished in the afterlife. Do you really want to inflict that on your child? Sissy-face doesn't help.

lesliemarion Says:


April Fool's, right? The myth should make it a non-starter.

Zelliew Says:


Too close for comfort

Kisa Says:


This was the name of a hamster in "The Fault of Over Stars" book!

SunKissedChild Says:


Sounds like syphilis to me haha.