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Ancient Roman Names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Ancient Roman Names are suddenly hot and fresh again as fashionable baby names, especially for boys — with names such as Felix, Atticus, Cassius and Cyrus powering up the US popularity charts.

The resurgence of Roman baby names is partly thanks to The Hunger Games, the futuristic book that featured Roman names for most of the male characters, partly because of the HBO series Rome, and also thanks to the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and its hero Atticus Finch. Baby names from Ancient Rome on today's roster include several familiar choices along with some fascinating unique baby names yet to be revived.

Roman names in the US Top 600 for girls include Octavia, Valentina, Cecilia, Camilla, and Priscilla. For boys, Roman names in the US Top 600 include Julius, Titus, Marcus, Atticus, and Felix. In Rome, popular names include Antonia, Claudia, Valentina, and Cecilia.

The craze for mythological baby names is another influence on the newfound popularity of Roman names. For even more ancient Roman names, check out our lists of Roman Goddess Names and Roman God Names.

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