Polypoetes was the eldest son of Pirithoüs and Hippodamia, and the name was also that of a king of Thesprotia who was a son of Odysseus and Callidice. It is a favourable name, meaning 'maker of many things', from polys, 'many' and poietes, 'maker' (from poieo, 'to make'). This latter word gives English 'poet', who was originally a 'maker'.