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Gender: M Meaning of Septimus: "the seventh son" Origin of Septimus: Latin

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Septimus is one of the more dashing of the birth-order Latin number names that were revived by the Victorians. So even if you don't anticipate son number 7, you might be bold enough to consider this relic, certainly preferable to sixth-son name Sextus.

Septimus was popularized by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus, a patron of arts and letters. There was a Septimus in Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone, in Dickens's The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and in Trollope's Barchester novels. Probably it is most familiar to modern readers as one of the principal characters in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, and as Harry Potter wizard, Septimus Weasley. There is also Septimus Heap, a series of bestselling fantasy novels by Angie Sage.

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Famous People Named Septimus

Septimus Severus, Roman Emperor
Lucius Septimus Bassianua, Roman emperor known as Caracalla
Publius Septimus Geta, Roman Emperor

Pop Culture References for the Name Septimus

Septimus Heap, book series
Septimus, friend to Alcander in The Bee (1759-80) by Oliver Goldsmith
Revd. Septimus Harding, central character in Trollope's The Warden (1855)
Septimus R. Podgers, chiromantist in Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (1891) by Oscar Wilde
Septimus Small, character in Galsworthy's Forsyte series (1906-33; marries Julia Forsyte)
Septimus Warren Smith, in Mrs Dalloway
In anatomy, a septum (Latin for something that encloses; plural septa) is a wall, dividing a cavity or structure into smaller ones.
Septic, when derived from the Greek ('putrefaction'), may refer to: Septic shock, Septic tank or septic system, a component of a small scale sewage disposal system
Cockney rhyming slang for American, coming from "Septic Tank" (i.e. Yank)
Septic, when derived from the Greek or Latin septem ('seven'), may refer to: Septic equation, a polynomial of degree seven