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Gender: Male Meaning of Octavius: "eighth" Origin of Octavius: Latin

The name Octavius is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "eighth". Octavius and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Three Strikes, You're Out -- Boys".

From the experts:

Octavius, which was at one time used for the eighth child in a family, has the worn leather patina of all the ancient Roman names now up for reconsideration.

The first Roman emperor, Augustus, was called Caius Octavius or Octavian before he took his title. He was the son of Octavius and Atia, the niece of Julius Caesar, who adopted him as his son. He appears under the name Octavius Caesar in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" and "Antony and Cleopatra."

In later lit, Octavius Guy is a character in Wilkie Collins's novel The Moonstone and Octavius Robinson is in George Bernard Shaw's play "Man and Superman," while Octave is the name of the protaganist of a Stendhal novel. And Octavius is the name of an old Roman general in the movie "Night at the Museum."

Attractive foreign versions include Ottavio and Octavio, as in the distinguished Mexican poet Octavio Paz. Octavio is also the name of several saints, including one who lived as a hermit in an elm tree.

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Famous People Named Octavius

Gaius Octavius, birth name of Augustus, Roman Emperor
Octavius Valentine Catto, American civil rights activist
Octavius Winslow, American Baptist minister
Octavius Sturges, English paediatrician who coined the term "chorea"
Octavius Brooks Frothingham, American clergyman and author
Octavius Decatur "O. D." Gass, American prospector, businessman, and politician
Octavius Pickard-Cambridge, English clergyman and zoologist
Octavius Ellis, American basketball player

Pop Culture References for the name Octavius

Octavius Capp, character in The Sims video games
Octavius "Gus," mouse in Disney's Cinderella
Octavius, character in The Hunger Games series
Octavius, character in film "Night at the Museum"
Otto Octavius aka Doctor Octopus, villain in Marvel's Spider-Man series

Octavous, Octavian, Tavey, Octaveus, Octavious, Octavus

Octavius's International Variations

Octave (French) Octavio, Tavio (Spanish) Ottavio (Italian)