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Ruling Roman God Names

Ruling Roman God Names
Roman god names for baby boys are in the forefront of fashion, with playgrounds in trendy neighborhoods full of little boys named Jupiter and Apollo, whose playmates are Odin, Juno, and Freya. Roman names for gods are among the best-known mythological names, thought they haven't been used much for baby boys until recently.

Apollo is the only Roman god name currently in the US Top 1000, but rarer choices such as Caelum, Evander, Honor, and Sylvanus are just as accessible for a son today.

It does seem rather grand for a little boy to carry such a big name, but the fascination with mythology and ancient cultures makes Roman god names more possible now than ever before. You may want to consider one of these male names from Roman mythology for your little god or explore the wider range of mythological names for boys.

Names of Roman Gods

LuciferHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "light-bearer"
  • Description:

    Lucifer is the name of the archangel cast into hell -- theologians disagree on whether he and Satan are separate beings -- and as such has long been on the forbidden list for religious parents. Still banned in New Zealand, Lucifer is occasionally used in the contemporary U.S.: Six boys were given the name in the most recent year counted.

EvanderHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish; Greek
  • Meaning:

    "bow warrior; strong man"
  • Description:

    Evander is a name that could build on the popularity of shorter form Evan, and could work and play well with schoolmates like Zander and Xander.

ApolloHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek mythology name
  • Description:

    With mythological names rising, the handsome son of Zeus and god of medicine, music, and poetry among many other things might offer an interesting, if high-pressure, option. But if Romeo and Venus are now deemed baby-appropriate, why not Apollo? Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno might inspire some parents. And now that it's been chosen by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, it could take off as their first son's name—Kingston—has.

RemusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, meaning unknown
  • Description:

    Remus is one of the legendary twins who, with brother Romulus, founded Rome. An unusual yet classic name for the extremely adventurous who can put aside the stereotyped image of Uncle Remus. Though because of that "ream" first syllable, we prefer Romulus.

SolHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    Although pinochle-playing partner Sam came out of retirement, we don't see it happening to Sol. Near soundalike Saul has more of a shot.

MarsHeart

  • Origin:

    Roman mythology god of war
  • Description:

    The name of the Roman god of war began to sound less intimidating when Erykah Badu gave it to her daughter, and musicians Thomas and Bruno Mars (the latter born Peter Hernandez) have given it a modern edge. Mars actually could make a pleasant, planetary middle name for either sex.

JupiterHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "godfather"
  • Description:

    Jupiter's partner Juno has entered the mainstream, so it's possible that her divine mate could follow. But not necessarily for boys — Jupiter is over 75% female, thanks to its similarity to Juniper. Actress Ashley Tisdale welcomed a daughter named Jupiter Iris in 2021, which could shift the balance even more towards the girls.

RomulusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "citizen of Rome"
  • Description:

    He was the original Roman, Remus's twin and a founder of Rome. But parents attracted to this name are advised to read the legend first. Romulus does have some less than savory characteristics, including killing his twin brother and making Rome in his own image, and is later deified as Quinnius. Romy and Quinn might make good twin names.

CaelumHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "heaven"
  • Description:

    A constellation name that could have broad appeal beyond astronomers and astrophysicists. Although they bear similarity, Caelum is unrelated to the Scottish name Callum.

MercuryHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "Roman messenger god"
  • Description:

    Adventurous parents are starting to look back to names of ancient gods like Mercury, Zeus, and Apollo. This one is also a planet and a metallic element, and has a friendly nickname, Merc. The Roman god Mercury, which derives from the Latin words for trade or wages, is the patron of tradesmen and travelers and the fastest-moving planet in the solar system. Mercury is the planet associated with the sign of Virgo, so this is one of the prime names for Virgo babies.

AeneasHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "the praised one"
  • Description:

    He was the legendary son of Venus, hero of Troy and Rome, and broke the heart of Queen Dido of Carthage. Sure, its more challenging than Charlie - but if you're looking this name up, that's probably part of its appeal.

SaturnHeart

  • Origin:

    Roman mythology name
  • Description:

    If you've rejected all the names on earth, you might move on to the sixth planet from the sun, also the Roman god of agriculture.

JanusHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "gateway"
  • Description:

    The meaning of this ancient Roman god's name relates to transitions, hence its connection to the name of the first month of the new year, a time of fresh beginnings. Janus is usually depicted as a two-faced god facing in opposite directions, since he looks both to the future and the past. It's no surprise then, that Janus is one of the premiere January baby names. The Slavic form Janusz is more commonly used than the English, represented by the Polish cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, who has shot all of Steven Spielberg's films from Schindler's List to Lincoln.

CupidHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "desire"
  • Description:

    The name of the Roman god of love, the son of Venus, considered so romantic as to be unfit for mere mortals. Yet now that Romeo and Venus herself are fair game for modern babies, why not Cupid?

NeptuneHeart

  • Origin:

    Roman god of the sea
  • Description:

    This Roman mythology name would be very hard to handle.

PlutoHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "rich"
  • Description:

    The Roman god of the underworld, the former ninth planet, a cartoon dog...but not a baby.

SilvanusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "wood; forest"
  • Description:

    In Roman mythology, Silvanus was the god of the forests. He protected farmers and fields and was credited with developing a system for marking field boundaries.

JoveHeart

  • Origin:

    Mythological name
  • Description:

    Another name for Jupiter, king of the Roman gods, this jovial name is eminently ready for modern use. Feminine variations include Jovita and Jovie.

HerculesHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "glory of Hera"
  • Description:

    Any boy with this name, a synonym for power via the Greek mythology figure, better be strong of body, and of psyche.

VulcanHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "to flash"
  • Description:

    Vulcan was the Roman god of fire, but this name is now more familiar as the pointy-eared humanoids on "Star Trek," represented by Mr. Spock.

HonorHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Description:

    One of the classic virtue names for girls, stretching back to Pilgrim times, Honor has actually become one of the unisex baby names with a near-even gender split. Fully 41 percent of baby Honors born in the U.S. in 2016 were boys. And honor is certainly a quality equally admirable for both girls and boys.

CaelusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "sky; heavens"
  • Description:

    In Roman mythology, Caelus was the god of the sky prior to Jupiter. It's one of the few names that's virtually one-of-a-kind yet fits in with current stylish choices such as Caius and Callum (neither of which Caelus is etymologically related to).

PhoebusHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "shining, brilliant"
  • Description:

    One of the names of the sun god Apollo, this is better known in its feminine form, Phoebe.

AquiloHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "eagle"
  • Description:

    Common Roman name mentioned in the Bible that has a crisply attractive sound.

BacchusHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek mythology name
  • Description:

    Only if you're hoping for your son to become a wine-besotted poet.

QuirinusHeart

  • Origin:

    Roman mythology name
  • Description:

    Quirinus is the Roman god of thunder and lightning, believed by some to be the Sabine god of war. While this is an intriguing and distinctive classic name, it also might provoke some middle school teasing.

LiberHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "free"
  • Description:

    Liber was the name of the Roman god of wine, freedom, and male fertility. It is etymologically linked to the word "libation," referring to the ritual practice of sharing drinks.

OrcusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "oath"
  • Description:

    Orcus is the Roman equivalent of the Greek Hades, god of the underworld. His name is ultimately derived from the Greek word hórkos, meaning "oath,"

TiberinusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "of the Tiber river"
  • Description:

    Tiberinus was the god of the Tiber in Roman mythology and appears as a character in Virgil's Aeneid. It's related to the name Tiberius, that of an Ancient Roman emperor. Tiberius may be the better choice between the two, if only because it's more familiar.