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Gender: M Meaning of Horatio: "hour, time" Origin of Horatio: English variation of Latin Horatius

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Like Horace, Horatio is a variation on the Latin Horatius, but its Shakespearean and optimistic Horatio Alger pedigree makes it an attractive up-and-comer, especially with its cool final o. A modern reference is the charismatic TV character Horatio Caine played by David Caruso in "CSI: Miami."

Horatio was the given name of Lord Nelson, one of the most dashing of British heroes, the naval commander who led the British fleet to destroy the French at Trafalgar, and it also belonged to Hamlet's loyal friend. Another literary namesake is Captain Horatio Hornblower, the protagonist of a long-running series of naval novels penned by C. S. Forester, played on screen by Gregory Peck.

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Famous People Named Horatio

Horatio Alger, American author
Horatio Sanz, American actor and comedian
Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson, first man to drive across the entire United States in an automobile

Pop Culture References for the Name Horatio

Horatio Hornblower, main character in the 11-volume "Hornblower" saga by C.S. Forester
Horatio, character in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" ("In my mind's eye, Horatio.")
Horatio Caine, main character of the TV show "CSI: Miami"
Horatio Turbot - character in the little kid's TV show "Paw Patrol" on Nick Jr.

Horatio's International Variations

Horacio (Spanish)