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Gender: Male Meaning of Horatio: "hour, time" Origin of Horatio: English variation of Latin Horatius

The name Horatio is a boy's name of German, Latin origin meaning "hour, time". Horatio and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Makeover 10 times".

From the experts:

Like Horace, Horatio is a variation on the Latin Horatius, but its Shakespearean and optimistic Horatio Alger pedigree makes it an attractive up-and-comer, especially with its cool final o. A modern reference is the charismatic TV character Horatio Caine played by David Caruso in CSI: Miami.

Horatio was the given name of Lord Nelson, one of the most dashing of British heroes, the naval commander who led the British fleet to destroy the French at Trafalgar, and it also belonged to Hamlet's loyal friend. Another literary namesake is Captain Horatio Hornblower, the protagonist of a long-running series of naval novels penned by C. S. Forester, played on screen by Gregory Peck.

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Famous People Named Horatio

Horatio Alger, American novelist
Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, British naval hero
Horatio Lloyd Gates, general in the American Revolution
Horatio Seymour, U.S. governor of New York
Horatio Sanz, American actor and comedian who plays on Saturday Night Live
(Horatio) Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, British field marshal and WWI secretary of war
Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson, American man who was first to drive across the entire United States in an automobile
Horatio Gouverneur Wright, American Civil War general

Pop Culture References for the name Horatio

Horatio Hornblower, main character in the "Hornblower" saga by C.S. Forester
Horatio, character in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" ("In my mind's eye, Horatio.")
Horatio Caine, main character of the TV show "CSI: Miami"
Horatio Turbot, character on animated series "Paw Patrol"
Horatio Magellan Crunch, full name of Cap'n Crunch, breakfast cereal mascot

Horatio's International Variations

Horacio (Spanish)


beachbear Says:


I'm glad I'm not the only one who's noticed...

kitchi1 Says:


I think of math because of the "ratio" part. This name is growing on me. I'd like to see it on someone else's baby.

Giinkies Says:


I can only think of Horatio from "CSI: Miami" doing those cheesy one liners.

lesliemarion Says:


Epic name I love, even though the "whore" and "fellatio" sounds are present.