Pronounced ‘oh-dis-ee-uh s’, this name refers to the Greek King of Ithaca, who led his men in the Trojan War. ‘The Odyssey’, an epic poem by Homer, tells the story of his 10-year journey to get home. Since then, the name has referred to any kind of epic journey.

Although the

word itself is thought to derive from the Greek ‘odyssomai’, meaning ‘to hate’, most people think of Odysseus as a Greek hero. This would certainly be an unusual name for your little boy, but one that is steeped in legend.

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