Pakhom, Pacôme

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Ancient Egyptian
Meaning: “he-falcon.”
Fre (PAH-kome)

The name is composed of the ancient Egyptian elements, pa (he) and akhom (falcon).

The name was later hellenized to Pachomius and franconized to Pacôme.

The name is borne by a major Coptic Christian saint (circ.3rd-century C.E), who is also revered in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. Pakhom is credited for being the founder of Coptic Monasticism.

As of 2009, its French form of Pacôme was the 412th most popular male name in France.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Bakhoum باخوم (Arabic/Assyrian/Lebanese/Syrian)
  • Pacomi (Catalan)
  • Pacumi (Catalan)
  • Pakhom (Coptic)
  • Pacôme (French)
  • Pachôme (French)
  • Pakhomios Παχώμιος (Greek)
  • Pacomio (Italian/Spanish)
  • Pachomiusz (Polish)
  • Pacômio (Portuguese-Brazilian)
  • Pacómio (Portuguese-European)
  • Pahomie (Romanian)
  • Pahomij Пахомий (Russian/Slovene)
  • Pahomije (Serbian)
  • Paho (Slovene)
  • Paxomij Пахомій (Ukrainian)
The name was also borne by a 15th-century Serbian hagiographer and two patriarchs of Constantinople.
Pachomius is also the name of a genus of spider.


The name is found in the Old Testament, the Book of Mormon, the Qu’ran and in ancient Egyptian mythology, though the later may have a completely different etymology.

In both the Bible and the Qu’ran it is borne by the son of Adam and Eve, who was borne after the murder of Abel and the banishment of Cain. In this case, it may be derived from the Hebrew (syt) meaning “plant; seed” or it may be from another Hebrew source meaning “appointed.”

In the Book of Mormon, it is borne by the son of Lehi a Jaredite.

In Egyptian mythology it is the name of the god of chaos, the desert, foreigners and of the planet Mars. In this case, the etymology is uncertain.

Currently, Seth is the 165th most popular male name in the United States (2010) and the 217th most popular in the Netherlands, (2010).

Other forms of its Biblical counterpart include:

  • Shith  شيث‎ (Arabic)
  • Şeys (Azeri)
  • Set Сэт (Belarusian/Finnish/German/Italian/Russian/Scandinavian/Spanish)
  • Sif Сіф (Belarusian)
  • Šit (Bosnian)
  • Šet (Croatian/Czech/Serbian)
  • Seth Σηθ (Dutch/English/Greek/French/Plattdeutsch/Polish)
  • Sett (Estonian)
  • Shet  שֵׁת (Hebrew)
  • Séth (Hungarian)
  • Szet (Polish)
  • Sete (Portuguese)
  • Šét (Slovak)
Other forms of the Egyptian include:
  • Set (Ancient Egyptian/Coptic)
  • Setekh (Ancient Egyptian)
  • Setesh (Ancient Egyptian)
  • Sutekh (Ancient Egyptian)
  • Suty (Ancient Egyptian)
The name is borne by actor and comedian Seth Green (b.1974)