Theseus name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Theseus mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Theseus

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Virginia, U.S. says the name Theseus is of Greek origin and means "To set, to place".
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  1. (Greek mythology) a hero and king of Athens who was noted for his many great deeds: killed Procrustes and the Minotaur and defeated the Amazons and united Attica

From Ancient Greek Θησεύς (Thēseús). His name comes from the same root as θεσμός (thesmós), Greek for “institution”.

  1. A legendary Ancient Greek hero most famous for defeating the minotaur in the labyrinth of Crete.

Notable Persons Named Theseus

Notable Persons Named Theseus

Theseus Painter


Fun Facts about the name Theseus

  • How Popular is the name Theseus? Theseus is the 22,997th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Theseus have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 287 babies born with the first name Theseus in the United States. That's more than enough people named Theseus to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Theseus? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2010 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Theseus first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Theseus is Thursday, May 12th, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Theseus born? The highest recorded use of the first name Theseus was in 2015 with a total of 44 babies.
  • Random Theseus Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Theseus is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 12 babies in California have the same name in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Theseus: The name spelled backwards is Sueseht. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ssheetu. How do you pronounce that?
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