Name: Ajax

Origin and Meaning of the Name Ajax

  • Meaning:
    Mourner; of the earth
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    (AY jaks)
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    Ajax is a name of uncertain derivation.
    It might mean “of the earth” from 'aia' the poetic form of the word “gaia” meaning earth.
    Sophocles related the name to 'aiazo' , “to wail”, “cry.” or 'aiastes', "mourner".
    The name of the Great Ajax is also said to be derived from “aiteos” meaning, “eagle".
    The name was borne by two heroes who fought in the Trojan War against the Greek armies.
    Telamonian Ajax, Greater Ajax, or "Ajax the Great" plays an important role in Homer's Iliad. He is the cousin of Achilles. Ajax is notable for his abundant strength and courage, seen particularly in two fights with Hector.
    The secon Ajax is the son of Oïleus the king of Locris, and called the "lesser" or Locrian Ajax. He was the leader of the Locrian contingent during the Trojan War. He is also a significant figure in the Iliad and is mentioned in the Odyssey.

    The Greek tragedian Sophocles wrote a tragedy called "Ajax", based on Ajax the Great.

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