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 "Unusual Names - Boys - This or That".

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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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."