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Gender: Male Meaning of Atticus: "from Attica" Origin of Atticus: Latin Atticus's Popularity in 2018: #326

Atticus Origin and Meaning

The name Atticus is a boy's name of Greek, Latin origin meaning "from Attica".

Atticus, with its trendy Roman feel combined with the upstanding, noble image of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, is a real winner among boy names. In fact so many people have been inspired by the character embodied by Gregory Peck that Atticus Finch was voted the greatest hero of American film by the American Film Institute. Harper Lee's recently-released novel Go Set a Watchman paints Atticus Finch in a more negative light, however, which could curtail the rising popularity of the name.

The name of an important Roman literary figure named for the Greek region around Athens, Atticus entered the US Top 1000 in 2004 and is a firm Nameberry favorite.

Daniel Baldwin and Isabella Hoffman were ahead of the curve when they chose Atticus for their son born in 1996; since then Summer Phoenix and Casey Affleck named their little boy Atticus, and Tom Dumont made it the middle name for his son Rio.

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Popularity

Rank in US: #326

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Famous People Named Atticus

Pop Culture References for the name Atticus

Aticus, Attikus

Comments

peppernicole Says:

2019-02-01T20:26:29

I love this name. It's what my mom named one of her parents sheep/goats growing up, who I also knew - y'know, until he was eaten by a coyote last year :( I'm sad it's gotten so trendy

GenEric Says:

2019-01-21T02:18:55

I love this name, old-fashioned but still unique, and Atticus Finch is a great literary character. However, it's become too popular for my tastes.

abliss Says:

2018-03-05T17:27:01

Any name could have some strange annoying purpose behind it. But is it really necessary to name bash all over this thread? There are names that bug me, but I am not going to sit and criticize them over and over....

auroracallista Says:

2018-02-16T02:54:49

Like this name for To Kill a Mockingbird, dislike it for Go Set a Watchman.

kmarie80 Says:

2017-08-24T22:52:16

Very masculine sounding. I know a couple of young Atticus' now. Love this name!

katejc Says:

2017-05-13T23:33:08

My son is Atticus and some of my relatives call him "Atti". I don't mind it, but I don't use it because to me Atticus suits him perfectly. I've heard that Ace is used as a nickname (may work for some), and also Kit or Gus (I don't love either one of those).

WinterSolstice17 Says:

2017-05-12T17:26:12

I love this name because of Atticus Rosenbloom! Such a precious child ^ ^

clairels Says:

2017-04-22T18:02:22

Fine, great, I believe you. But I'm just saying, not everybody has the same motivations.

katejc Says:

2017-04-22T06:18:03

You obviously hate the name, as evidenced by your many negative comments-but this is grasping at straws. Who would do that? I named my son Atticus because it's a great Roman name-not to try to convince other people what kind of person I am. That's ridiculous.

CrystalJoy Says:

2017-04-15T03:38:42

I went to school with a kid named Atticus who went by Atty.

katejc Says:

2017-04-14T22:10:00

I named my son Atticus a few months ago and we love it. It suits him so well. Honestly, I didn't really choose it for the literary reference. TKAM is obviously a classic, but I chose it for it's Roman sound. I wanted something original, but not unheard of. I like traditional names too, but ultimately went with the less common name (although it looks like it's still pretty popular right now, so we'll see).

Wilhelmina578 Says:

2017-03-31T03:58:15

I really like the sound of this name. It is so masculine sounding. I know an Atticus who goes by "Atty" and it works really well.

Samsonite Says:

2017-03-23T17:35:26

Just no. A try-hard, "last book I read was in sixth grade" vibe. Sound itself is hard and unappealing.

clairels Says:

2017-03-02T18:59:02

If you're a white person choosing this name as a subtle way of telling the world "look how not-racist I am!" please think again.

Ziggy2112 Says:

2017-01-18T03:14:14

The epitome of why you shouldn't name a kid after a literary character.

VelvetEar Says:

2016-12-12T15:48:35

I really like this name. I named my betta fish Atticus actually. I also like it because of Atticus Finch, despite being forced to read TKAM twice this year (but I'm going to ignore the fact that he's apparently racist now).

paulapuddephatt Says:

2016-11-28T21:31:58

I'm hearing this name a lot, and starting to quite like it.

abertawe Says:

2016-11-15T23:03:14

Atta-cuss or better yet Attih-cuss

clairels Says:

2016-09-06T16:57:21

It also occurred to me that for some (white) people, naming their child Atticus may be a subtle way of proclaiming to the world "we're not racist!" Which...blech.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

2016-09-06T16:47:36

If you're going to use a well known and popular boy name on a girl, then pairing it with a feminine middle name isn't really going to make any difference since middle names are all but largely unused and unheard of, unless filling out paperwork. And having an Atticus Rose or an Atticus Elizabeth isn't going to make Atticus feminine. I personally wouldn't give a girl an entirely male name that has no usage on females - my mother gave me a male name and I have never appreciated it, and would hate for the same experience to be repeated.

Obviously I have no right to tell you what to name your child. But my advice, since you asked, would be to use Attica.

clairels Says:

2016-09-06T16:28:20

Most people on this site are going to loathe this idea. I don't hate it, but I'm not crazy about it but mostly because I'm not crazy about Atticus, period. You can always use Attica (although it's the name of a famous prison). Annika is also fairly similar.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:

2016-09-02T11:50:47

This name is awesome sounding and is not common at all but could make a come back in a few years time.

Catherine McAran Says:

2016-08-17T16:51:29

Scout is a great girls name. I would be worried that Atticus would go by "Atti" or Titus but Finch is fierce I think.....TITUS WOULD
BE RED!

IsabellaG Says:

2016-08-06T22:08:21

Harper Lee never wanted to release 'Go Set A Watchman'. It was written in the mid 50's BEFORE 'To Kill A Mockingbird". Publishers have been on her back to release it for decades but she refused, however it wasn't until she had dementia and in her 90's they were able to get her to sign for the book to be released. So in away the Atticus in GSAW is not the same character as in TKAM.

Jazzy7 Says:

2016-07-27T04:56:24

I think this name is cool. On my list for my son.

just-here-to-name-oc's Says:

2016-07-21T00:00:02

I love this name, but I can't think of any nicknames for it.

jaz.fortune Says:

2016-06-12T20:01:19

I love the name Atticus Draven but after reading the comments about a character named Atticus being a racist how it would look on a mixed child. Thought this name would be a good fit with sibling Caspian Wolfe.

EW314 Says:

2016-02-08T10:45:06

I do like Atticus, but I have to say that it's the archetypical hipster name for boys: off-beat yet familiar, old-man feel, blatantly literary... I'd be lying if I said that this perception of the name didn't bother me. I can imagine getting some behind-the-back eye rolls at this one, unfortunately, which really puts me off.

I think if I were to use it, it would be as a middle name only. I also can't really think of any good nicknames: Attie feels a little feminine to me, and Attic, Tick and Cuss are all big nos!

clairels Says:

2015-08-13T17:40:16

I will very interested next year when the Social Security list is released and we can see what kind of effect the book had on the use of Atticus.

Margot_86 Says:

2015-08-12T17:31:16

I was so sure that after the publication of "To Kill a Mockingbird" she was quoted as saying, "I said all that I had to say" and I took that to mean that she wouldn't be releasing any more books. Well, I wish she really had said ALL THAT SHE HAD TO SAY on the subject of Atticus because I don't like this new Atticus I'm learning about at all.

hopefullypeterson Says:

2015-07-27T04:30:26

Was going to post the same comment! :/ I used to love this name, would have preferred that book left unwritten. I know an Atticus, mother named him because she adored the name and the character in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'... So much for that, haha

clairels Says:

2015-07-12T18:41:47

There is absolutely nothing unique about naming your child after the main character in a novel virtually every single person in America has read. There's a lot of reasons people might use this name, but "unique" is not one of them.

clairels Says:

2015-07-12T18:39:30

This just in: In Harper Lee's new book "Go Set a Watchman," Atticus is a racist! So much for this name!

waltzingmorethanmatilda Says:

2015-07-12T04:05:37

What will people think of this name after the publication of Harper Lee's novel, "Go Set a Watchman"?

anna.bliss Says:

2015-06-19T21:42:31

Congrats! Love it!

Mrs Love Says:

2015-06-17T05:12:26

I just named my son this in 2014. I didn't think Id love it as much as I do. It just fits him perfectly. I spell is Atikus, since all my kids have Ks in their name. My little Atikus Everett.

Diane Sexton Says:

2015-06-15T22:46:53

Atticus Josiah - the name of my new grandson!

TheHumanCanvas Says:

2015-05-13T12:19:47

I agree :D But I'm from Scotland, and I studied it in high school. (I'm impressed you read it when you were twelve :) You obviously had good taste from a young age). Atticus is a good, solid name, and very unusual where I live.

headintheclouds Says:

2015-04-06T08:01:03

I think this is one of those names that sounds nice and cool in theory and on paper, but in real life, all I can hear is "Attic". Plus in my native language, if you say Atticus with a certain inflection, it would sound like you're screaming, "Ahh! Rat!". Not the best association to have.

For those who don't have my issues, I think Atticus is a handsome elegant choice, though IMO it's hipster/borderline about to go mainstream. So don't be shocked to meet more little Atticuses in the future- and that their parents ALSO named them after Atticus Finch because their favorite book was To Kill A Mockingbird- when you thought you picked such a unique name!

eveyalecia Says:

2015-03-18T16:21:07

Atta-Kiss, generally.

ThistleThorn Says:

2015-02-17T00:55:06

Is this pronounced Atta-Cuss or like Atta-Kiss

Caroline Says:

2015-01-04T06:11:00

Its okay!

jan11th Says:

2014-12-24T17:24:03

I want to name my son Fox Atticus. I think it has such a nice ring to it

withinreason Says:

2014-12-24T15:49:48

I love the name Atticus and chose this for my son for a variety of reasons; the image of the upstanding Atticus Finch, the theologian Atticus, and the soft A sounds juxtaposed with harder C sound, as well as S ending. I always get compliments on his name and many times get to explain why I picked the name, so for a name nerd like me, I love this:)

songbirdkaryn Says:

2014-12-02T03:21:40

I'm a teacher and one of my students was named Atticus. I liked it and thought it fit him well (bright, curious, wide-eyed and bushy-tailed kiddo), but I don't know that I'd use the name myself.

MyrnaLynne Says:

2014-11-18T21:19:36

Actors Jason Behr and KaDee Strickland named their son Atticus.

anna.bliss Says:

2014-09-17T01:54:21

Me too. I am part Greek and I have ancestors from Poros, Attikis, Greece. I liked the connection, plus I like the sound! Pictures of Attica are super pretty as well. Not everyone who names their child Atticus expects them to be a lawyer! ha.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-09-08T01:45:26

Same here

Guest Says:

2014-09-08T00:53:52

Wow you are bossy!

eveyalecia Says:

2014-09-07T23:47:16

The original comment doesn't need defending, and that isn't what I'm doing. You can make whatever comment you like about a name, but do it in the appropriate place, and not as a passive aggressive response to someone else's opinion of a name. Anyway, either you'll delete your comment and move it to the proper forum, or you won't, it doesn't make a difference to me. But hopefully next time you'll think twice before making such a rudely pointed comment at someone when they've done nothing wrong.

eveyalecia Says:

2014-09-07T23:05:58

Obviously you're taking her opinion on the name Atticus very personally. Regardless, these comments are regarding the name Atticus, not the name Theodora, so your comment does not belong.

Guest Says:

2014-09-07T22:43:19

Nah it's an opinion of a name just like her opinion of a name!!! :-) just like your opinion of my post ...

eveyalecia Says:

2014-09-07T21:08:56

This comment is out of place-- this is the comment section for the name Atticus, not the name Theodora. Plus, it's rude.

Guest Says:

2014-09-07T00:30:20

I didn't name my son that because I wanted him to be a lawyer I just think it's a cool sounding Greek name

jojobabyberry Says:

2014-09-04T17:40:52

I love it.

SunKissedChild Says:

2014-09-04T05:55:44

I adore the name Atticus! Both Atticus Finch and Gregory Peck are great namesakes! I'm not American so I didn't study the book in school, but when I read it myself when I was about 12, it quickly became a favourite. I don't think Atticus is harsh sounding at all, it sounds lovely and gentle to me.

Alicia1 Says:

2014-09-04T05:17:25

My coworker has a dog named this, I don't even like it for a pet. Its just so harsh, I dont get it.....

clairels Says:

2014-08-22T20:12:10

No, no, no. You like the book, fine. Great. Read it to your kid. But in all likelihood, a grown-up Atticus will not be a crusading, heroic lawyer; he will be a pseudo-hipster wearing dark-rimmed glasses and sweater vests who spends ten years writing and rewriting his dissertation while hanging around his university campus boring people at dinner parties. Then again, that's what a lot of today's parents probably want their son to grow up and become.

eveyalecia Says:

2014-08-08T00:38:48

Atticus Finch is one of the most beloved literary characters of all time, from Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird', and brilliantly portrayed by Gregory Peck in the movie version.

MaryKathryn Says:

2014-06-16T02:28:08

Love, love this name

AprilRobin Says:

2014-06-15T22:34:34

Atticus Finch is the father in 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' by Harper Lee

raevynstar Says:

2014-06-15T21:43:28

I love it.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-06-15T20:07:58

So many people are obsessing over this. All I hear is Attic. Can you imagine strolling into a nursery and calming whispering "Atticus"? I can't. He'd sure stick out among his classmates, but I don't think that would be good in this case.And who is Atticus Finch anyway? !!

Guest Says:

2014-06-10T23:31:42

I think of a dusty attic when I hear this. And also a man in the 1800s, I don't understand the love for this name.

caroblaise Says:

2014-06-10T22:48:25

Can only see an adult having this name, partially due to Atticus Finch

NaomiNY Says:

2014-06-10T20:32:05

I like this name. I don't see anything unappealing about it.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-06-10T20:16:13

I don't get the appeal

Rush1986 Says:

2014-06-10T20:09:25

I dont know why but i cant picture this on anyone under the age of 50. I really want to like it. But cant. And also, Atticus Finch.

hazysummerskies Says:

2014-05-25T21:34:10

I named a cat Atticus once. It is an awesome name.