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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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  • Marilla

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    Marilla is a real fitting in-standing out name, delicate and sweet, which began life as a short form of the flower name Amaryllis. Marilla Cuthbert was a character in L. M. Montgomery's Anne of G... Read More 

  • Marius

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    Marius, frequently heard in Germany and France, is a slightly fusty yet accessible name that has (Les Mis) to Anne Rice. With the rise in interest in such Latin names as Maximus and Atticus, Marius... Read More 

  • Martia

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    Martia, more distinctive than cousins Marta, Marcia and Marsha, also has a strong image and slightly exotic feel. Read More 

  • Maxima

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    Maxima -- or indeed any of the feminine Max variations such as Maxine -- just don't have the earthy-yet-stylish elan of Max. Name your daughter Maxima if you must, but just don't make her middle n... Read More 

  • Maximus

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    The powerful name of the powerful character played by Russell Crowe in the 2000 film Gladiator first appeared on the popularity charts that same year. Max to the max. One time considered a "too muc... Read More 

  • Mila

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    Mila is an appealing European short-form favorite shared by one-time "That 70s Show" starlet Ukranian-born Mila Kunis--more recently acclaimed for her work in Black Swan. Her full birth name is Mil... Read More 

  • Nerilla

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    A character name that makes an appearance in Shakespeare's King Lear , Nerilla has hardly been heard in modern times. Read More 

  • Nero

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    The association with the infamous Nero, the fiddling Roman emperor, would be unavoidable. But there was also the detective Nero Wolfe, hero of many mystery stories. Nero was born Lucius Domitius A... Read More 

  • Octavia

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    Octavia began as the Latin, then Victorian name for an eighth child. While there aren't many eighth children anymore, this ancient Roman name has real possibilities as a substitute for the overused... Read More 

  • Octavius

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    Octavius, which was at one time used for the eighth child in a family, has the worn leather patina of all the ancient Roman names now up for reconsideration. The first Roman emperor, Augustus, wa... Read More 

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