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

Horatio Origin and Meaning

The name Horatio is a boy's name of German, Latin origin meaning "hour, time".

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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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.