Severus Origin and Meaning

The name Severus is a boy's name meaning "stern".

Though it has literary credentials--making an appearance in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park and as the mean-spirited teacher Severus Snape in the Harry Potter books, most modern parents would find it too--well--severe.

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Famous People Named Severus

  • Saint Severusbishop of Naples
  • Saint Severusbishop of Barcelona
  • (Marcus Aurelius) Severus AlexanderRoman Emperor
  • Saint Severus the Great of AntiochGreek monk and theologian
  • Saint Severus of AvranchesFrench bishop
  • Severus SebokhtSyrian scholar and bishop
  • Severus ibn alMuqaffa, Coptic Orthodox Bishop, author and historian
  • (Lucius) Septimus SeverusRoman Emperor

Severus in Pop Culture

  • Severus Snapecharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • Albus Severus PotterHarry's son in the Harry Potter series
  • Severusa character in the Radical Face song 'Severus and Stone'