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Gender: M Meaning of Magnus: "greatest" Origin of Magnus: Latin Magnus's Popularity in 2015: #860

Magnus, a powerful name with a commanding presence, is one of the newly unearthed ancient artifacts; it dates back to Charlemagne being called Carolus Magnus, or Charles the Great. It was picked for their sons by Will Ferrell (whose wife Viveca Paulin is Swedish), Kristy Swanson, and Elizabeth Banks—likely credited for this name's jump into the Top 1000 for the first time in 2013, as one of the year's fastest-rising names. Its fashionable s ending may keep it in popular use.

A royal appellation in Scandinavia, Magnus was the name of six early kings of Norway and four of Sweden; it is still a Top 6 name in Denmark and Norway.

Magnus has made appearances as a vampire in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and as a character in Roald Dahl's Matilda. And for an extra ego boost, in Charles Dickens's The Pickwick Papers, there's the following dialogue: 'Magnus is my name. It's rather a good name, I think, sir.' 'A very good name, indeed," said Mr. Pickwick.

Famous People Named Magnus

Magnus Johnson, American politician
Ore Magnus Lawson, American rapper
Magnus Scheving, Icelandic actor and creator of "Lazy Town", where he starred as Sportacus
Magnús Ver Magnússon, Icelandic strongman
Magnus Hubert Twisleton Wykeham Fiennes, English composer
Magnus Paajarvi, Swedish hockey player

Pop Culture References for the name Magnus

Magnus "Maggie", character in 2005 movie "Hitch"
Magnus Bane, character in the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series
Magnus Martinsson, character in the Wallander series
Magnus, character in the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, Lestat's creator
"Magnus Powermouse," children's book by Dick King-Smith.
Dr. Magnus Honey, Miss Honey's father and Agatha Trunchbull's brother-in-law in book/movie "Matilda"
Dr. Helen Magnus, character in TV show "Sanctuary" (played by Amanda Tapping)
Magnus, one of the dragon elders in game "Spyro the Dragon"
"Mansie" is a traditional Scottish nickname for Magnus -
Magnus Chase in the series called Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.
Magnus Paulin Ferrell (b. 2004), son of Will Ferrell
Magnus Mitchell Handelman (b. 2012), son of Elizabeth Banks
Magnus Hamilton Miller (b. 2012), son of Jennifer Nettles

Magnes, Manius, Manyus

Magnus's International Variations

Mánas, Magnuss (Scottish Gaelic) Mauno (Finnish) Manus (Irish) Maghnus (Irish Gaelic) Måns (Swedish) Mogens (Danish)