Apollo \a-pollo, ap(ol)-lo\ as a boy's name is pronounced er-POH-loh. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Apollo is "destroyer". Mythology: the Greek and Roman god of light, music, and poetry, who drives the sun across the sky in a carriage, and also rules over healing and prophecy, speaking through the famous oracle at Delphi. The name comes from Appollyon, Greek translation of the Hebrew word "abaddon", meaning "destroyer". Biblical: Apollo was one of the early Christian disciples. In modern philosophy, Apollo has come to symbolize the classical and intellectual aspects of thought. In contrast, Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry, represents the spontaneous and instinctual.