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Latin Names for Boys

  1. CorinHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "spear"
    • Description:

      Corin was used by Shakespeare in As You Like It, an unusual name that could make a more distinctive alternative to Corey or Colin. It is a name used in the illustrious Redgrave family of actors.
  2. PioHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "pious"
    • Description:

      Though the variation Pius is too, well, popeish, Pio might work for an ordinary boy.
  3. PharaohHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "ruler"
    • Description:

      Overstretching, in the Prince and Pope mold. Famous jazz saxophonist Pharoah [sic] Saunders was really named Ferrell.
  4. JovanHeart
    • Origin:

      Slavic variation of John, or Latin
    • Meaning:

      "Jove-like, majestic"
    • Description:

      Jovan, the name of the supreme Roman deity, seems more extraterrestrial now -- and it's also firmly attached to a perfume label. Some parents may see it as a variation of Giovanni, the Italian for John. It is in fact the Slavic variation of John and may be an original way to honor an ancestral John.
  5. MauriceHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "dark-skinned"
    • Description:

      In the USA, Maurice was in the Top 200 for most of the 20th century; since 1990, however, it has been on a slow and steady decline. This name has the potential for some old-school cute nicknames such as Mo as well as the more trendy Reece.
  6. ValeriusHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "strength, health"
    • Description:

      Valerius is an ancient Roman family name turned first name. While Valerius is more familiar as its derivatives Valerie and Valerian, the rise of Roman names ending in S for boys may inspire a revival of this strong choice.
  7. ErastusHeart
    • Origin:

      Latinized form of Greek Erastos
    • Meaning:

      "beloved"
    • Description:

      The Biblical Erastus was an assistant of Paul's in the New Testament. A name used in the 19th century that has fall off the scope, but may be revived as parents dig deeper for undiscovered Biblical choices.
  8. VivianHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "life"
    • Description:

      Deriving from the Roman cognomen Vivianus, Vivian was originally a masculine name, with Vivien being a feminine soundalike coined by Alfred Lord Tennyson for the Lady of the Lake in his famous poetic adaptation of the legend of King Arthur. It has since become a much more popular choice for girls in the US, but retains a refined British charm which sees it cropping up occasionally for boys in the Telegraph birth announcements.
  9. MaxtonHeart
    • Origin:

      English surname
    • Meaning:

      "greatest"
    • Description:

      Maxton is a new member of the ever-expanding Max clan of baby names, hitting the US Top 1000 for the first time in 2011. It joins newfangled Maxon and stylish cousin Paxton. Still, we prefer the more classic Maxwell, Maxfield, Maximus, or just plain Max.
  10. SenecaHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin surname and Native American
    • Meaning:

      "people of the standing rock"
    • Description:

      Seneca's distinguished heritage as the name of the ancient Roman philosopher-playwright who tutored Nero, and of an Iroquois tribe makes this an interesting choice for either sex.
  11. BonaventureHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "good fortune"
    • Description:

      One for the truly adventurous baby namers, or perhaps an unexpected middle name to liven up a more traditional first. But on trend short form Bo does make it feel a little more accessible.
  12. CaledonHeart
    • Origin:

      Irish place-name from Caledonia
    • Meaning:

      "hard or rocky land"
    • Description:

      Caledon, the name of the arrogant Billy Zane character in "Titanic," is an Irish place-name related to Caledonia, the Latin word for Scotland thought to be derived from the ancient Celtic word for "hard." Cal is a wonderful nickname, and Caledon an inventive way to get there.
  13. TerenceHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin clan name of uncertain meaning
    • Description:

      A name that seems to hail from the old Irish neighborhoods of Boston and New York, Terence actually dates back a lot further, to the time of a famous second-century poet, who started life as a North African enslaved man in the house of a Roman senator and it was also borne by several early saints.
  14. CelioHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "belonging to heaven"
    • Description:

      A welcoming name that seems to say "hello".
  15. ProsperHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "favorable, prosperous"
    • Description:

      In France, pronounced PRO-spare, Prosper is a fairly common name; here it presents a worthy aspirational message for a child.
  16. ValerioHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "strength, health"
    • Description:

      The final o adds a macho touch.
  17. IsaiasHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin variation of Isaiah
    • Meaning:

      "Salvation of the Lord"
    • Description:

      Widely used in the Hispanic community, as is the shorter Isai. While the original Isaiah and cousin Isaac are much more popular, Isaias commanded attention as the name of a storm in the summer of 2020.
  18. MaxonHeart
    • Origin:

      Modern invented name, elaboration of Max, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "greatest"
    • Description:

      The newly-styled Maxon takes its cue from Jaxon, another elaboration of a classic name on the rise. Maxon is not bad, as invented names go, yet it's hard for us to advocate for Maxon over Maxwell, Maxfield, Maximus, or just plain Max.
  19. CayoHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin, from the Roman family name Caius
    • Meaning:

      "rejoice"
    • Description:

      Cayo is a rare and rhythmic Spanish name, all but unknown in the English-speaking world, that would make a lively choice.
  20. HadrienHeart
    • Origin:

      French variation of Hadrian
    • Description:

      What life Hadrien and Hadrian enjoy today, they owe to Adrian along with the revival of ancient Roman names in general. Hadrian was a 2nd century Roman emperor famous for his wall.