English variation of Latin Horatius
"hour, time"

Horatio Origin and Meaning

The name Horatio is a boy's name of German, Latin origin meaning "hour, time".

Like Horace, Horatio is a variation on the Latin Horatius, but its Shakespearean and optimistic Horatio Alger pedigree makes it an attractive up-and-comer, especially with its cool final o. A modern reference is the charismatic TV character Horatio Caine played by David Caruso in CSI: Miami.

Horatio was the given name of Lord Nelson, one of the most dashing of British heroes, the naval commander who led the British fleet to destroy the French at Trafalgar, and it also belonged to Hamlet's loyal friend. Another literary namesake is Captain Horatio Hornblower, the protagonist of a long-running series of naval novels penned by C. S. Forester, played on screen by Gregory Peck.

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Horatio Rank in US Top 1000

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Horatio Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Horatio Popularity

Famous People Named Horatio

  • Horatio AlgerAmerican novelist
  • Horatio Nelson1st Viscount Nelson, British naval hero
  • Horatio Lloyd Gatesgeneral in the American Revolution
  • Horatio SeymourU.S. governor of New York
  • Horatio SanzAmerican actor and comedian who plays on Saturday Night Live
  • (Horatio) Herbert Kitchener1st Earl Kitchener, British field marshal and WWI secretary of war
  • Dr. Horatio Nelson JacksonAmerican man who was first to drive across the entire United States in an automobile
  • Horatio Gouverneur WrightAmerican Civil War general

Horatio in Pop Culture

  • Horatio Hornblowermain character in the "Hornblower" saga by C.S. Forester
  • Horatiocharacter in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" ("In my mind's eye, Horatio.")
  • Horatio Cainemain character of the TV show "CSI: Miami"
  • Horatio Turbotcharacter on animated series "Paw Patrol"
  • Horatio Magellan Crunchfull name of Cap'n Crunch, breakfast cereal mascot