Apollinaire – Name Meaning

Apollinaire is a French name derived from the Greek god Apollo. The name means “of Apollo” or “belonging to Apollo” and is often used as a given name for boys. It is also sometimes used as a surname.

The Greek god Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto, and was associated with music, poetry, healing, prophecy, archery, and the sun. He was one of the most important gods in Greek mythology and was worshipped throughout the ancient world. His cult was especially popular in Delphi, where he had an oracle.

Apollo was known for his beauty and charm, but he could also be vengeful when angered. He was often depicted as a handsome young man with long hair and a laurel wreath on his head. He carried a lyre and bow and arrow.

Name Variations

Apollinaire can be spelled in many different ways, including Apollinaris, Apollinarius, Apolinario, Apolinar, Apolinare, Apolinario, Apolino, Appolinaire, Appoline, Appolinus, Appolonius, Appolyneaux, Pollinaire and Pollinarius.


The name Apollinaire has been steadily increasing in popularity over the past few decades. In France it is currently ranked at number 545 out of all baby names registered in 2019. In the United States it is not currently among the top 1000 most popular baby names.

Famous People Named Apollinaire

One of the most famous people named Apollinaire is French poet Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918). He was an important figure in the early 20th century avant-garde movement and wrote several influential works such as Alcools (1913) and Calligrammes (1918).

Other notable people named Apollinaire include French painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875), Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), French writer Louis Aragon (1897-1982), French actor Jean Marais (1913-1998) and French singer/songwriter Charles Aznavour (1924-2018).

By Ava Isabella Hartley

Ava Isabella Hartley is a renowned expert in the field of onomastics, the study of names and their meanings, with a particular focus on baby names. She holds a Master's degree in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge and has over 15 years of experience in the study of etymology, name trends, and cultural naming practices.

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