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Gender: Male Meaning of Magnus: "greatest" Origin of Magnus: Latin Magnus's Popularity in 2017: #721

The name Magnus is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "greatest". Magnus is ranked #721 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Attitude Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "What would be the perfect twin?".

From the experts:

Magnus, a powerful name with a commanding presence, is one of the newly unearthed ancient artifacts; it dates back to Charlemagne being called Carolus Magnus, or Charles the Great. It was picked for their sons by Will Ferrell (whose wife Viveca Paulin is Swedish), Kristy Swanson, and Elizabeth Banks—likely credited for this name's jump into the Top 1000 for the first time in 2013, as one of the year's fastest-rising names. Its fashionable s ending may keep it in popular use.

A royal appellation in Scandinavia, Magnus was the name of six early kings of Norway and four of Sweden; it is still a highly popular name in Denmark and Norway.

Magnus has made appearances as a vampire in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and as a character in Roald Dahl's Matilda. And for an extra ego boost, in Charles Dickens's The Pickwick Papers, there's the following dialogue:
"'Magnus is my name. It's rather a good name, I think, sir.'
'A very good name, indeed,' said Mr. Pickwick."

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Famous People Named Magnus

Magnus the Good, King of Norway and Denmark
Magnus II, King of Norway
Magnus Barefoot, King of Norway
Magnus IV-VI, Kings of Norway
Magnus I-IV, Kings of Sweden
Magnus Brostrup Landstad, Norwegian poet
(Sven) Magnus Øen Carlsen, Norwegian chess champion
Magnus Johnson, American politician
Magnus Hirschfeld, German physician
Magnus Scheving, Icelandic actor and TV producer
Magnús Ver Magnússon, Icelandic strongman
Magnus Norman, Swedish tennis player
Magnus, ring name of Nicholas "Nick" Aldis, English pro wrestler
Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie, Swedish statesman and general
Magnus Hubert Twisleton Wykeham Fiennes, English composer
Magnus Paajarvi, Swedish hockey player
Pompey Magnus aka Pompey the Great, Roman consul and general
Ore Magnus Lawson aka Lil' O, American rapper
Magnus Wollter, son of actor Sven Wollter
Magnus Jackson Diehl, son of actor John Diehl and singer Julie Christensen
Magnus Paulin Ferrell (b. 2004), son of actor Will Ferrell
Magnus Hart Swanson Eisler (b. 2007), son of actress Kristy Swanson and skater Lloyd Eisler
Magnus Mitchell Handelman (b. 2012), son of actress Elizabeth Banks
Magnus Hamilton Miller (b. 2012), son of singer Jennifer Nettles

Pop Culture References for the name Magnus

Magnus "Maggie", character in 2005 movie "Hitch"
Magnus Bane, immortal warlock in The Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices series
Magnus Martinsson, character in the Wallander series
Magnus, character in the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, Lestat's creator
"Magnus Powermouse," children's book by Dick King-Smith.
Dr. Magnus Honey, Miss Honey's father and Agatha Trunchbull's brother-in-law in book/movie "Matilda"
Dr. Helen Magnus, character in TV show "Sanctuary" (played by Amanda Tapping)
Magnus, one of the dragon elders in game "Spyro the Dragon"
"Mansie" is a traditional Scottish nickname for Magnus
Magnus Chase in the series called Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.
Magnus the Rogue, character in the game "Minecraft Story Mode"
Magnus Pórsson, character in the Netflix Original, "Sense8"
Magnus Christensen, character in Danish TV drama "Borgen"
Magnus Burnsides, character in the podcast "The Adventure Zone"

Magnes, Manius, Manyus

Magnus's International Variations

Mánas, Magnuss (Scottish Gaelic) Mauno (Finnish) Manus (Irish) Maghnus (Irish Gaelic) Måns (Swedish) Mogens (Danish)