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Gender: Male Meaning of Ignatius: "fiery" Origin of Ignatius: Latin

The name Ignatius is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "fiery". Ignatius and is often added to lists like Saints' Names For Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Build a sibling set together!".

From the experts:

Ignatius? Good gracious! This is a name making a truly surprising return, sparked by its selection by not one but two celebrities--Cate Blanchett and Julianne Nicholson.

Ignatius, the name of several saints including the founder of the Catholic Jesuit order, was considered more apt to be borne by churches and schools than babies in the recent past, though it was not unusual from the late nineteenth century to 1930; it ranked as high as Number 602 in 1913.

The nickname IGGY definitely brings Ignatius down to earth. But if you find Ignatius appealing yet can't quite go all the way, you might want to consider Inigo.

Ignatius is the middle name of Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter books, and is a major character in John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces.

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Famous People Named Ignatius

Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Greek theologian, saint and martyr
Ignatius Loyola, Spanish founder of Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
Ignatius Loyola Donnelly, U.S. Congressman from Minnesota
Ignatius Sancho, British composer, actor and writer
Ignatius Aphrem II (born Sa'id Karim), patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church
Ignatius Jacob I, former patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church
Ignatius Jones (born Juan Ignacio Trapaga), Australian vocalist for Jimmy and the Boys
Ignatius Martin Upton, son of Australian actress Cate Blanchett
Ignatius Cake (b. 2007), son of American actress Julianne Nicholson
Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, Scottish novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Ignatius

Ignatius J. Reilly, character in "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole
Ignatius, character in TV movie "Like Father, Like Santa"
Ignatius 'Iggy' Thistlewhite, character in 1974 animated film "The Year Without A Santa Claus"
Ignatius, one of Sebastian the Crab's middle names in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
Ignatius, demon in the Summoner Trilogy by Taran Matharu
Percy Ignatius Weasley, character in the Harry Potter series, named after his great-uncle Ignatius Prewet
Ignotus Peverell, minor character in "Harry Potter"

Iggy, Iggie

Ignatius's International Variations

Nacho, Ignacio, Ignado, Nacio, Ignazio (Spanish) Ignaas (Dutch) Ignatz, Ignacius, Ignate (German) Ignacy, Nacek, Ignacek (Polish) Iáaki, Inigo (Basque) Ignati, Ignat, Ignatiy (Russian) Ignác (Czech) Ignace (French) Ignatios (Greek)