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Roman Names are suddenly hot and fresh again as baby names, partly thanks to The Hunger Games, the futuristic book that featured Roman names for most of the male characters, partly because of the HBO series Rome, and also thanks to the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and its hero Atticus Finch. Roman baby names on today's roster include several familiar choices along with even more fascinating names yet to be revived.
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  • Clemensia

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    One of the less attractive ancient Latin girls's names. Spelling it Clementia makes it slightly less botanical/medicinal. Read More 

  • Cornelius

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    Cornelius, the New Testament name of a third century Pope and saint, is one of those venerable Latin names on the edge of consideration, despite the corny nickname alert. Cornelius has some magic... Read More 

  • Crispus

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    A potential hero name: Crispus Attucks, a runaway slave, was the first colonist to die for independence in the Boston Massacre.  Read More 

  • Cyprian

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    With a long and noble history -- Cyprian was one of the great Christian Latin writers -- this could make a highly unusual but meaningful choice. Cyprian has been in use since medieval times, init... Read More 

  • Decima

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    In the days of huge families, this name of the Roman goddess of prophecy and childbirth, and one of the Fates, would be saved for bambina number ten. Now it might be used for a girl born in October... Read More 

  • Decimus

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    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 nam... Read More 

  • Drusilla

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    Drusilla is an ancient Roman name, (probably) borne by descendants of Antony and Cleopatra, and is one of the 'illa' names that are ready for revival, especially with its cute short form Dru. Drus... Read More 

  • Dulcia

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    Has a sweetness via its relation to such words as dulcet; other similar possibilities are DULCE, DULCINA, and the down-home DULCIE. Read More 

  • Fabia

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    Fabia is one of several pleasant international-accented female versions of Fabian.  Read More 

  • Faustina

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    A name with several distinguished namesakes: the wife of ancient Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, a famous Italian opera singer, and two Catholic saints--making it both substantial and unusual. Read More 

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