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Ancient Roman Names

  • Junia

    Juno is hot, June is showing signs of a comeback along with other month and day names, whereas Junia, the name of the the first century Christian referred to by the apostle Paul as an apostle (and... Read More 

  • Justus

    More unusual than Justin, less word-like than Justice, this New Testament name could make an intriguing choice. After being off the popularity lists from 1904 to 1993, it is now being used in... Read More 

  • Laelia

    Upside: it has an interesting ancient look and feel, related to the Roman family name Laelius of uncertain meaning. There is also a type of orchid called the Laelia. Downside: possible confusion... Read More 

  • Laurentia

    This pretty female form of LAURENCE originated in ancient Rome and is still sometimes heard in the Latino community. It is one of the many intriguing Read More 

  • Livia

    Though it sounds like a chopped-off variation of Olivia, which means olive, the distinctively attractive Livia has been an independent name since the days of the ancient Romans, when it belonged... Read More 

  • Lucius

    Lucius is an exotic old Roman clan name that has lots of religious and literary resonance, yet is still vital today. It was the name of three popes, appears in several Shakespeare plays, and, like... Read More 

  • Lucretia

    A pretty and plausible Latin name that's gotten a bad rap through the years via a link to Lucrezia Borgia, who, though long considered a demon poisoner, was actually a patron of learning and the... Read More 

  • Magnus

    Magnus is a Latin name, literally meaning “greatest,” that has a Scandinavian feel. It dates back to Charlemagne being called Carolus Magnus, or Charles the Great. Norwegian king Magnus I, named... Read More 

  • Marcella

    Marcella has been in mothballs for so long it's starting to feel stylish again. Depicted as the world's most beautiful woman in Don Quixote (where it's spelled Marcela), this long... Read More 

  • Marcus

    Though ancient, Marcus now sounds more current than Mark, in tune with today's trend towards us-ending Latinate names.

    Marcus was commonplace in classical Rome--not surprising as it was... Read More 

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