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Scripts‘Ομηρος Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.HO-mər English

Meaning & History

From the Greek name ‘Ομηρος (Homeros), derived from ‘ομηρος (homeros) meaning "hostage, pledge". Homer was the Greek epic poet who wrote the 'Iliad', about the Trojan War, and the 'Odyssey', about Odysseus's journey home after the war. There is some debate about when he lived, or if he was even a real person, though most scholars place him in the 8th century BC. In the modern era, Homer has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world (chiefly in America) since the 18th century. This name is borne by the cartoon father on the television series 'The Simpsons'.
VariantHomeros Ancient Greek
Other Languages & CulturesOmiros Greek


Bust of Homer, from the 2nd century BCBust of Homer, from the 2nd century BC


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute