Given Name AJAX

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Αιας (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: AY-jaks (English)   [details]

Meaning & History

From the Greek name Αιας (Aias), perhaps deriving from Greek αιαστης (aiastes) "mourner" or αια (aia) "earth, land". In Greek mythology this was the name of two of the heroes who fought for the Greeks in the Trojan War, the son of Telamon and the son of Oileus. When the armour of the slain hero Achilles was not given to Ajax Telamonian, he became mad with jealousy and killed himself.

Categories

earth, Greek mythology, Iliad characters, mythology, Shakespearian characters, uncertain etymology
VARIANT: Aias
USER SUBMISSION: Ájax