Gender: Male Meaning of Severus: "stern" Origin of Severus: Latin

Severus Origin and Meaning

The name Severus is a boy's name meaning "stern".

Though it has literary credentials--making an appearance in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park and as the mean-spirited teacher Severus Snape in the Harry Potter books, most modern parents would find it too--well--severe.

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ivy194 Says:


It would be really nice to meet a little Severus, but I feel that if I actually named a child this, he might get picked on.
Maybe when the Harry Potter craze fades, I might consider it.
The character in Harry Potter is a great character too.

MariposaButterflyaway Says:


Don't you dare name your child after a child abuser and stalker. Don't even think about it.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


Snape, Snape, Severus Snape (Dumbledore!)

roseholmes214 Says:


Well, you see, we are actually commenting on the name Severus, not Sirius. However, I'm not sure how a combination of letters to identify something or someone can be deemed intelligent or unintelligent, but I'd say if such an absurd notion were to exist, then Sirius, the brightest star in our sky named by some of the brightest minds in the world, should be considered intelligent naming.

heathergrey Says:


Well I hope you use your PhD to name your future kids something more intelligent than Sirius.

roseholmes214 Says:


Except for the fact that I don't have any children. Also, considering I have a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, I don't think any future children of mine will think I'm an idiot. Nice try though!

heathergrey Says:


Well at least my kids will never have to think 'man my parents are real idiots' when they consider what I named them. Sorry I can't say the same for yours.

roseholmes214 Says:


Well, I kind of think that if you choose to spend your time being negative about other's life choices then maybe you should grow up, get a life of your own, and stop worrying about what other people are naming their children :) I won't hold my breath, though.

heathergrey Says:


I kind of think if you're considering naming your child after a Harry Potter character (and one who basically stalked a woman and was then needlessly cruel to her orphaned child at that) then maybe you should grow up a bit more before you start a family.

autumnreverie Says:


Soren is a nice alternative.

Catastroffy Says:


I like Severin and Severina, but not really Severus.

kiwipop Says:


I know right! It's just laziness that comes with today's society.

kiwipop Says:


snape snape severus snape!

SimoneKadele Says:


I agree with all of this very, very much. I liked Jessamine before TID, and now I do more! :)

MiaMoulopoulos Says:


I like this name, but I feel my child would get picked on if I named him this. Maybe use this as a middle name.

Shishi Says:


Totally, and the relation to the characters is cool because they're such strong characters. I love Cecily and Jem (for a boy) too.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Forever tied to the dour Harry Potter character.

TheClockworkPrincess Says:


I know, the Infernal Devices is amazing. :D Speaking of TID, I really like the names Jessamine and Theresa. Jessie and Tessa are cool nicknames.

Shishi Says:


OMG YES! (btw i love your username, that's like one of my favorite books ever)

Erin Walters Says:


If you're going to post a bad review, at least spell the words right. No one will ever take you seriously, if you write 'suks' and 'pooter'. You didn't capitalize the name either. And honestly Harry Potter does not 'suk'.

britkarma Says:


Oh no! The name literally brings on a feeling as what it is defined as. It's a really cold, harsh name.... It feels cruel almost but more empty. It doesn't flow right at all either, it sounds very awkward.

Honoria Says:


In terms of sound, yes, it is a little harsh, but no more so than, say, SCARlet. But "Sevvie" is an adorable childhood nickname and Severus by itself suits a grown man just fine - better than Mason, Bentley and Jayden, at least. Also, in terms of the Harry Potter series, Severus is a very moral name. Overall, while I wouldn't use the name myself, I think that it's a decent choice and definitely a name some prospective parents should take a look at. :)

theREALellendegenerusofficialw Says:


harry pooter suks

theREALellendegenerusofficialw Says:


i agree completely

TheClockworkPrincess Says:


Am I the only person who actually likes this name? I would even consider using it on a child, I mean the character in Harry Potter is in my opinion a great person and is worthy of naming my child after him. I understand he is fiction, but he still impacted on my life and I would name my child after him. And I LOVE the nickname Sev. :)

Glow Says:


Sever us? Not cool.

mabespark Says:


This is just too severe and HP-ish for my taste - I couldn't bring myself to use it on a child.

lesliemarion Says:


Sever is not a happy verb.

raevynstar Says:


I know about the HP association, and I would never EVER use this on a real child, even though I love it!
(PS: I pronounce it sever-us, not severe-us)