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

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.

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 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)