Ignatius Origin and Meaning

The name Ignatius is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "fiery".

Ignatius? Good gracious! This is a name making a truly surprising return, sparked by its selection by not one but two celebrities--Cate Blanchett and Julianne Nicholson.

Ignatius, the name of several saints including the founder of the Catholic Jesuit order, was considered more apt to be borne by churches and schools than babies in the recent past, though it was not unusual from the late nineteenth century to 1930; it ranked as high as Number 602 in 1913.

The nickname IGGY definitely brings Ignatius down to earth. But if you find Ignatius appealing yet can't quite go all the way, you might want to consider Inigo.

Ignatius is the middle name of Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter books, and is a major character in John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces.

# 753 in the US

Ignatius Rank in US Top 1000

# 183 on Nameberry

Ignatius Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ignatius Popularity

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Famous People Named Ignatius

  • Saint Ignatius of AntiochGreek theologian, saint and martyr
  • Ignatius LoyolaSpanish founder of Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
  • Ignatius Loyola DonnellyU.S. Congressman from Minnesota
  • Ignatius SanchoBritish composer, actor and writer
  • Ignatius Aphrem II (born Sa'id Karim)patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church
  • Ignatius Jacob Iformer patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church
  • Ignatius Jones (born Juan Ignacio Trapaga)Australian vocalist for Jimmy and the Boys
  • Ignatius Martin Uptonson of Australian actress Cate Blanchett
  • Ignatius Cake (b. 2007)son of American actress Julianne Nicholson
  • Arthur Ignatius Conan DoyleScottish novelist

Ignatius in Pop Culture

  • Ignatius J. Reillycharacter in "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole
  • Ignatiuscharacter in TV movie "Like Father, Like Santa"
  • Ignatius 'Iggy' Thistlewhitecharacter in 1974 animated film "The Year Without A Santa Claus"
  • Ignatiusone of Sebastian the Crab's middle names in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
  • Ignatiusdemon in the Summoner Trilogy by Taran Matharu
  • Percy Ignatius Weasleycharacter in the Harry Potter series, named after his great,uncle Ignatius Prewet
  • Ignotus Peverellminor character in "Harry Potter"