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Gender: Male Meaning of Horace: "timekeeper" Origin of Horace: Latin clan name

The name Horace is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "timekeeper". Horace and is often added to lists like Names from Harry Potter and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

The ancient name Horace sounds fustily fuddy-duddy, and yet, with the resurrection of Homer, and the new interest in old Roman names...who knows.

Its early popularity--it was in the Top 100 at the turn of the last century-- was spurred by admiration for the Roman poet Horace (born Quintas). Influential in American culture were newspaper editor Horace ("Go west, young man") Greeley and educator Horace Mann; Horace Silver is a jazz legend. There's also a Harry Potter character named Horace Slughorn.

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Famous People Named Horace

Horace Greeley, American newspaper editor
Horace Mann, American educator and politician
Horace Walpole, English writer/historian
Horace Silver, American pianist and composer

Pop Culture References for the name Horace

Horace Bing, character on TV's "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"
Horace Dudley, character in "Haunting of Hill House"
Horace Dinsmore, father of Elsie Dinsmore in the series by Martha Finley
Horace Clifford, character in "Captain Horace" by Sophie May
Horace Slughorn, character in the "Harry Potter" series
Horace Horsecollar, one of Mickey Mouse's best friends
Horace, character in "The School for Wives" by Moliere
Horace Altman, best friend to Will Treaty in John Flanagan's "Ranger's Apprentice" series
Horace P. Bogardus, character from "The Bells of St. Mary's"
Horace Somnusson, character in Ransom Riggs' "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" series
Horace Diaz, character on TV's "Mighty Med"
Horace, one of Cruella's henchmen in Disney's "101 Dalmatians"

Horace's International Variations

Horatius, Horatio (German) Horatz, Horats (Dutch) Horacio (Spanish) Orazio, Oratio (Italian)


Daiseymae Says:


Never in my opinion.

roseofjune Says:


This sounds so wretched and mean to me. Who would name their child a name with the sound "whore" in it?

paulapuddephatt Says:


I'm actually starting to think Horace is pretty awesome. I don't know why. I didn't used to like it, but it's growing on me lately. Could Horace really come back into style? Who knows, right? But I think the name has merit. 😃

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I didn't like this name to begin with. It just sounded too harsh, in my opinion - not elegant or sophisticated which is how I like my vintage names. But when I woke up yesterday, for whatever reason, I felt like Horace wasn't as bad as I'd originally thought it was. It has a bit of fussiness to it, which I can definitely appreciate, and it does have a more distinguished and upper-class-ish appeal than your average boy name does. Plus, it is rare, so that's a bonus, and it's meaning it pretty cool. It's not too much of a name for a boy to handle, but it's not so bland/neutral that it comes across as unremarkable. Not sure if I'd ever consider this as anything other than a middle name, as Horace is a seriously acquired taste, but at the very least I can say that I'm glad that I've started to appreciate this particular choice.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I can't really see this name coming back into style.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I always think of an evil, plotting old man when I hear this name. I can't see it on a baby at all.

clairels Says:


I can't believe people hate Hortense and yet think Horace is usable. Plus, it's either Horace Horsecollar or the short, stocky crook from "101 Dalmatians."