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Gender: Male Meaning of Pagan: "from the country, countryman" Origin of Pagan: English

The name Pagan is a boy's name of English origin meaning "from the country, countryman". Pagan and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Would you rather?".

From the experts:

Writer Anne Tyler gave this apt name to the hippie child in her novel Amateur Marriage, but she wasn't the first -- it was also used by the Puritans. Today it would be quite a loaded choice.

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Famous People Named Pagan

Pagan, medieval ruler of Bulgaria
Tiziano Pagan De Paganis, Italian painter
José Antonio Pagán, Puerto Rican baseball player
Ángel Manuel Pagán, Puerto Rican baseball player

Pop Culture References for the name Pagan

Sir Pagan d'Urberville, founder of the d'Urberville and Durbeyfield families, of which the eponymous Tess Durbeyfield is a member, in "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" (1891) by Thomas Hardy
Pagan fell out of favor when it became a term used for an irreligious person or someone who believed in more than one god.
Pagan, northernmost island of the Marianas Islands, pr. pah' guhn
Pagan Min, character in the game "Far Cry 4"


NykkiJo Says:


Has the word changed meaning over time or what? This confused me, too!

mamanmia Says:


i knew a girl called Pagan. She was horrible.

deusvult Says:


I'm confused about why the Puritans of all people would name their child this.

merlynhawk Says:


My hubby would never go for it, but ... if it were just me ... in the current naming climate ... I'd DEFINITELY use it.

And I am a Pagan.

PS - It's unisex to me - hey, how about for twins - Pagan and Christian!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I am personally not a Pagan, but if you want to name your kid this, not my problem. Best in the middle I think.

Zelliew Says:


I agree - Just introducing yourself shouldn't be a contraversal thing

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I see this name as being unisex, it sounds quite close to Peyton actually. I don't think it's that weird either, it's a lot better than all those kre8tiv names people are using.

sunnyblueberry Says:


Athetist Michaela here, named after Archangel Michael and disliking it profoundly :P -_- What were my (also atheist) parents thinking?! Subtly spiritual names are fine, religious in-the-face names are problematic.

sunnyblueberry Says:


That's kind of.....a weird choice? As a surname it's okay, but as a name I'd rather NOT choose it. In the same way I wouldn't choose Christina, Christian and etc.

indiefendi2 Says:


I knew a Catholic girl whose last name is Pagán and we all used to call her pagan as a joke and she thought it was funny too but as a name I don't think it's *that* awful it's just the "pagan" connotation that's seems bad. We associate being Christian with being righteous but there are many atheists named Christian and Adam and Seth and biblical names and what not. Worse it sounds like a tacky mashup of Peyton and Reagan.

StrawberryLoo Says:


Nope. Just nope. Never.

raevynstar Says:


I just don't like names that are in-your-face about a religion (I'm a Christian, but I don't like Christian as a name either).

thia Says:


This would be a beautiful name for a girl, but I am having a hard time picturing it on a boy.

spiderfish Says:


Why's it obvious? I'm not Pagan, but I'd consider this name.
I am atheist though, which is completely separate from paganism

India Says:


I love this name, Mainly for a girl though. I just can't imagine a male adult with this name x

raevynstar Says:


Thank you. I'm sorry if I offended people from either group. I still think this name is a little too obvious. :)

faithnamer Says:


Pagans are a bit different from atheists..

DearestJules Says:


I see this as unisex; Pagan could also work for a girl, along the same lines as Teagan and Reagan and Payton.

Giinkies Says:


If people can name their child Christian, hypothetically I don't see what's so wrong with Pagan.

raevynstar Says:


Even if you're an atheist, why give your child a name like this? Why not name him Darwin instead?