Roman Names for Boys

Names from Ancient Rome are enjoying a major style revival. Among the Roman choices for boys are the following, all at home in the modern world.
  • Atticus

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    Atticus, with its trendy Roman feel combined with the upstanding, noble image of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, is a real winner. In fact so many people have been inspired by the... Read More 

  • Augustus

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    Parents are beginning to look at imposing, somewhat fusty-sounding names like this one with fresh eyes: they definitely make a strong statement.

    Augustus originated as a title given by... Read More 

  • Cassius

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    Cassius is a Shakespearean name with the feel of antiquity that is coming into fashion. Cassius Clay was an abolitionist and the birth name of Muhammad Ali. It was chosen for their sons by singer... Read More 

  • Cato

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    Cato conjures up images of ancient Roman statesmen and southern antebellum retainers; it could have revival potential, with its 'O' ending and the current interest in the names of Greek and Roman... 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... Read More 

  • Felix

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    Felix, energetic and upbeat with a felicitous meaning, has finally transcended its negative associations to Felix The Cat and the persnickety Felix Unger.

    The name of four popes and... Read More 

  • Julius

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    Immortal through its association with the ancient Caesar (it was his clan name), Julius may still lag behind Julian, but is definitely starting to make a comeback, and in fact feels more cutting... Read More 

  • Justus

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    More unusual than Justin, less word-like than Justice, this New Testament name could make an intriguing choice. After being off the popularity lists from 1903 to 1994, it is now being used in... Read More 

  • Lucius

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    Lucius is an exotic old Roman clan name that has lots of religious and literary resonance, yet is still vital today. It was the name of three popes, appears in several Shakespeare plays, and, like... Read More 

  • Magnus

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    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... Read More 

  • Marcus

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    Well over two thousand parents chose this ancient Roman name for their sons in the last year recorded, some perhaps honoring Marcus Garvey, leader of the Back to Africa movement. Though ancient,... 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... 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,... Read More 

  • Philo

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    Could Philo be the next Milo?

    We love the o-ending and sweet meaning of this dynamic and distinctive Greek name, often used in literature, but never particularly popular.

    The... Read More 

  • Remus

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    Remus is one of the legendary twins who, with brother Romulus, founded Rome. An unusual yet classic name for the extremely adventurous who can put aside the stereotyped image of Uncle Remus. ... Read More 

  • Rufus

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    Rufus is a rumpled, redheaded (it was the nickname for red-haired King William) ancient Roman name popular with saints and singers (e.g. Rufus Wainwright); now, Rufus is on the cutting edge of... Read More 

  • Septimus

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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... Read More 

  • Tiberius

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    The name of an important ancient Roman emperor, Tiberius might sound a bit heavy for a modern boy to carry, but with the rise of Atticus, Tiberius and brothers begin to feel more baby-friendly,... Read More 

  • Urban

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    Urban was not an uncommon name through the 1930s (rising as high as Number 435), having been attached to several saints and early popes, but it has completely disappeared from the landscape--both... Read More 

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