"from the city of Sparta"

Spartacus Origin and Meaning

The name Spartacus is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "from the city of Sparta".

Spartacus is the famous name of an ancient Roman slave -- and star of his own eponymous TV series! -- who led a slave revolt and became a renowned gladiator, only to die in the ring. Not considered baby-appropriate for centuries, Spartacus just might rise again along with the names of his fellow gladiators.

Famous People Named Spartacus

  • Spartacusgladiator and leader of a rebellion against the Roman Empire

Spartacus in Pop Culture

  • Spartacusalias used by the Doctor & Donna Noble in an episode of TV's "Doctor Who"
  • Nickname: Sparta
  • "Spartacus" ballet by Aram Khachaturian