"from the country, countryman"

Pagan Origin and Meaning

The name Pagan is a boy's name of English origin meaning "from the country, countryman".

Writer Anne Tyler gave this apt name to the hippie child in her novel Amateur Marriage, but she wasn't the first -- it was also used by the Puritans. Today it would be quite a loaded choice.

Famous People Named Pagan

  • Paganmedieval ruler of Bulgaria
  • Tiziano Pagan De PaganisItalian painter
  • José Antonio PagánPuerto Rican baseball player
  • Ángel Manuel PagánPuerto Rican baseball player

Pagan in Pop Culture

  • Sir Pagan d'Urbervillefounder of the d'Urberville and Durbeyfield families, of which the eponymous Tess Durbeyfield is a member, in "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" (1891) by Thomas Hardy
  • Pagan fell out of favor when it became a term used for an irreligious person or someone who believed in more than one god.
  • Pagannorthernmost island of the Marianas Islands, pr. pah' guhn
  • Pagan Mincharacter in the game "Far Cry 4"