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Gender: M Meaning of Decimus: "tenth" Origin of Decimus: Latin

Decimus is one of the Roman numeral names used in large Victorian families--in this case for the tenth child. It is now seeing some new life thanks to the cutting-edge fashion for ancient Roman names.

The current interest in Decimus has been bolstered by The Hunger Games, in which many of the male characters have ancient Roman names. Decimus was also the middle name of Maximus, Russell Crowe's "Gladiator" character. Other Latin names such as Nero and Tiberius are also hot on Nameberry right now.

Decimus is a name that was not only given occasionally to nineteenth century babies, but also to several notable literary characters in the works of Wilkie Collins and Anthony Trollope. Decimus Burton was a noted ninetenth century English architect.

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Famous People Named Decimus

Decimus Burton, English architect
Decimus Clodius Albinus, would-be 2nd century Roman emperor
Decimus Junius Juvenalis, "Juvenal," Roman poet
Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus, Roman politician and general, assassin of Julius Caesar
Decimus Junius Silanus Torquatus, Roman consul
Decimus Junius Silanus, Roman consul
Decimus Magnus Ausonius, Roman poet and rhetorician

Pop Culture References for the Name Decimus

Decimus, character from the Heroes of Olympus series
Lord Decimus Tite-Barnacle of the Circumlocution Office, in "Little Dorrit" by Charles Dickens
Maximus Decimus Meridius, main character in movie "Gladiator"


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