Other Forms FormsSesephus
Edit Status Status
Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 3/5/2013
Latinized form of Greek Σίσυφος (Sisyphos), of which the meaning is uncertain. It may possibly be derived from Greek σίσυς (sisys), which can mean "a goat's skin" or "cheap garment" or "any coarse". Another possibility might be Greek σοφὸς (sophos) meaning "wise". Otherwise, if neither of these possibilities apply, the name might ultimately be of pre-Greek origin. In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king of Ephyra, who was punished for his trickery in Tartarus, by being cursed to roll a huge boulder up a hill.