"the seventh son"

Septimus Origin and Meaning

The name Septimus is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "the seventh son".

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 this relic, certainly preferable to sixth-son name Sextus.

Septimus was popularized by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus, a patron of arts and letters. There was a Septimus in Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone, in Dickens's The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and in Trollope's Barchester novels. Probably it is most familiar to modern readers as one of the principal characters in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, and as Harry Potter wizard, Septimus Weasley. There is also Septimus Heap, a series of bestselling fantasy novels by Angie Sage.

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Famous People Named Septimus

  • Septimus SeverusRoman emperor
  • Lucius Septimus BassianuaRoman emperor known as Caracalla
  • Publius Septimus GetaRoman emperor
  • Henry Septimus SuttonEnglish journalist and temperance activist, known as a religious poet

Septimus in Pop Culture

  • Septimus Heapbook series and its main character
  • Septimus Weasleycharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • Septimusfriend to Alcander in The Bee (1759,80) by Oliver Goldsmith
  • Septimus Hardingcentral character in Trollope's "The Warden" (1855)
  • Septimus R. Podgerschiromantist in "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" (1891) by Oscar Wilde
  • Septimus Smallcharacter in Galsworthy's "Forsyte" series (1906,33; marries Julia Forsyte)
  • Septimus Warren Smithcharacter in "Mrs. Dalloway"
  • Septimus Bloorcharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Septimusthe seventh son of Stormhold in book/film "Stardust"
  • Septimus Hodgecharacter in Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia"
  • Septimus Sprattcharacter on TV's "Downton Abbey"
  • Septimus Signusa mage who has gone mad in the Elder Scrolls video game Skyrim