Bucephalus was the name given to Alexander the Great’s horse. According to legend, Bucephalus was an exceptionally loyal horse. Alexander had a special bond with him and the pair sparked a cult in which it was expected that great leaders have a favorite horse. The literal meaning of Bucephalus is “ox head” from the ancient Greek words, bous and kephale.
In the 1930’s, Fred Birchmore, a man from Athens, Georgia, traveled around the world on a bicycle. He named his “two-wheeled companion” Bucephalus.