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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