Xerxes Name Meaning & Origin

Xerxes

Pronunciation: ZERK-seez (key)

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Meaning is disputed. Herodotus claimed that it means "warrior," but modern scholars propose the meaning is closer to "hero among rulers."

Xerxes I (or Xerxes the Great) succeeded his father, Darius I of Persia, to the throne in 485 BC. He is most famous for his military blunders in Greece, and for his lavish lifestyle. Murdered by his uncle, Artabanus in 465 BC, Xerxes reigned for a mere 20 years.

Xerxes is mentioned in the Bible, by the Hebrew version of his name: Ahaseurus. (Books of Esther, Ezra and Daniel)

There have probably been a few Kings that were called XERXES from Persia, as this is another way of saying "King of the World" (Shah Jahan), "The Great.......", or Caesar for the Romans and Czar in Russia (consecrated by God). Any Muslim King who marries a Jewish Queen, then hangs their enemies from their own gallows is certainly deserving of the title. This Xerxes was quite a bit older than Xerxes I mentioned above.

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Xerxes LaVey (b.1993) LaVeyan Satanist

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"300" (starring Gerard Butler and Lena Headey) - the scene of the Battle of Thermopylae.

Xerxes Scruggs, one of the main characters in the internet blog comic blog, "The Greasers of Hazzick Flats". His father, obsessed with Greek history, thought he was naming his son after the king of the Greek gods, but got the names "Zeus" and "Xerxes" mixed up. Xerxes loves Spiggie Lomer, who walks all over him and treats him like crap. Spiggie is incensed when she finds out he's not really named after a Greek god after all, which was one of the things that attracted her to him in the first place. Xerxes comes from a poor family on the wrong side of town, is big and dumb with an I.Q. of 75, and is three years behind in school. He is kind and good-hearted, his family loves him, and nobody in his family wants him to marry the scheming, manipulative Spiggie. http://www.thegreasersofhazzickflats.blogspot.com

"Xerces" Song by alternative american metal band, Deftones on album Saturday Night Wrist

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