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Gender: Male Meaning of Attila: "little father" Origin of Attila: Hungarian

The name Attila is a boy's name of Hungarian, Turkish origin meaning "little father". Attila and is often added to lists like Great Names for Big Dogs and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Stun-gunned by the fifth-century Hun, though still well-used in contemporary Hungary and Turkey. Some sources also suggest Turkish origins for the name.

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Famous People Named Attila

Attila the Hun
Tyger Attila Turrentine (b. 2011), son of actress Reagan Gomez-Preston and model DeWayne Turrentine
Attila "Atz" Kilcher, reality TV star on "Alaska: The Last Frontier"; father of Jewel and Atz Lee

Pop Culture References for the name Attila

Attila, American Deathcore Band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 2005
Attila Rees, police constable in Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas
Attila, Oz's pet chimp in the James Patterson novel "Zoo"

Atilo, Atila, Attilla


ambercat Says:


Sort of like the Polish name Lech, I don't think this one travels very well. Also, at risk of sounding racist, Attila would sound strange to me on someone who wasn't Hungarian or of Hungarian ancestry (that is just my opinion).

elifsu Says:


It is a beautiful name, it can be written as Atila, Atilla, Atilay or Atalay also

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I don't think the hun connotation is what's kept people away from this name. After all, Alexander the Great was an international tyrant, but his name is still going strong. I think Attila's lack of popularity has more to do with the fact that it hasn't been featured prominently in any movies or tv shows, or baby name books from current centuries. It's just a naturally rare name that has been used rather sparingly throughout history, and is perfect for those who are looking for a strong but soft boy name.