Of unknown meaning, perhaps derived from Greek "achos" - "pain" or else from the name of the
Achelous River. This was the name of the bravest of the Greek heroes in the war against the Trojans,
as describerd in Homer's 'Iliad'. He was eventually killed by an arrow to his heel, the only
vulnerable part of his body.
From the Semitic name "Adonai", which means "My Lord". In Greek mythology, Adonis was a handsome
young shepherd killed while hunting a wild boar. The anemone flower is said to have sprung from his
blood. Because he was loved by Aphrodite, Zeus allowed him to be restored to life for part of each
It means "defending men", from Greek alexo - "to defend, help" and aner - "man". In Greek mythology
this was another name of the hero Paris, and it also belongs to several characters in the New
Testament. However, the most famous bearer was Alexander the Great, King of Macedon. In the 4th
century BC he built a huge empire out of Greece, Egypt, Persia, and parts of India. Due to his fame,
and later medieval tales involving him, use of his name spread throughout Europe.
Probably from Greek helene - "torch" or possibly related to selene - "moon". In Greek mythology
"Helene" was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, whose kidnapping by Paris was the cause of the Trojan
War. The name was also borne by the 4th-century Saint Helena, mother of the Roman emperor
Constantine, who supposedly found the True Cross during a trip to Jerusalem.