Roman Names

Male Names
  • Atticus (Latin) - From Attica [English speaking countries]

    Attica is the region of Greece which contains Athens, the capital city. Today, the name is mainly known from the character Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Atticus was also the name of a number of ancient Greek philosophers and

  • Augustus (Latin) - Venerated [English speaking countries]

    Augustus was a title first adopted by the Roman emperor Octavian. It is connected with the Latin verb 'augere', which means 'to augment'. There were several kings of Poland named Augustus.

    Augustus Pugin was an architect who helped to desi

  • Chester (Latin) - Camp; fort [English speaking countries]

    Chester is rarely used in modern times, although it is probably due for a comeback. Chet or Chas/Chaz are common nicknames for Chester. It is also found as a surname, where it likely originated designating someone who lived near or worked in a camp, fort

  • Constantine (Latin) - Steadfast [English speaking countries]
  • Cornelius (Latin) - Horn; horned [English speaking countries]

    The name of an ancient Roman gens (family). Its origin isn't certain, but it is believed to come from the Latin 'cornu' (horn).

    Pope Cornelius was pope between 251 and 253 AD. Cornelius the centurion is considered to be the first Gentile co

  • Fabian (Latin) - A bean [English and German speaking countries]

    Fabian is from Fabius, a Roman family name from the Latin noun 'faba', meaning broad bean.

    Pope Fabian lived in the 3rd century AD. The Fabian Society is a British socialist society that has influenced the Labour Party.


  • Horace (Latin) - Hour, time [English speaking countries]
  • Isaias (Hebrew) - God is salvation [English speaking countries]

    This is a late Roman version of Isaiah. Found in some versions of the Bible it is also the name of a saint.

  • Julius (Latin) - Down-bearded youth [English and Greek speaking countries]

    Julius Caesar was a Roman general and politician. His assassination was fictionalised in Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'. He was of the gens or clan of Julia, and so Julius was passed on to his nephew, the emperor Augustus, who was the founder of the Julio-

  • Justus (Latin) - Righteous, just, fair [English speaking countries]
  • Leo (Latin) - Lion [English, French, Greek, Italian and Polish speaking countries]

    This name was taken from the Latin noun 'leo', meaning 'lion' (itself from the Greek 'leon'). Leo is slowly climbing in popularity - it reached the 236th spot in the US charts in 2006. Ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair used it for his son in 2000, a hi

  • Marc (Latin) - From the god Mars [English, French and Welsh speaking countries]

    From Latin Marcus; French form of Mark.
    This form is also now quite popular in the English-speaking world.

  • Marcellus (Latin) - Little Marcus [English speaking countries]

    A Roman praenomen (given name) and cognomen (third name). Marcellus is a pet form of Marcus, etymologically related to the Roman god Mars. The name was borne by two popes.

  • Marcus (Latin) - From the god Mars [English speaking countries]

    A Roman praenomen (given name) with Etruscan origins; the original Latin form of Mark.
    Marcus was probably derived from the name of the Roman god of war Mars, or the adjective 'mas' meaning "male, virile". Hence the meaning "from Mars", "from the g

  • Mariano (Latin) - From the god Mars [English and Italian speaking countries]

    Italian form of Marianus, a Roman family name, which was itself derived from the Roman name Marius.

  • Mark (Latin) - From the god Mars [English speaking countries]

    English form of Marcus.

    Saint Mark the Evangelist is traditionally believed to be the author of the second Gospel (Gospel of Mark) and a companion of Peter.
    A famous Roman bearer of the name was Mark Antony (Marcus Antonius), politi

  • Maurice (Latin) - Moor [English and French speaking countries]

    The name of an early saint, and used by Christians of the Roman empire.

    More modern examples of the name Maurice include musician and member of the 'BeeGees' Maurice Gibb, impressionist composer Maurice Ravel and Nobel Prize winning author

  • Maximilian (Latin) - Little Maximus [English and German speaking countries]

    Derived from the Latin Maximus.

    Some argue that it might be a blending of Maximus with another Latin name: Aemilianus.

    Famous bearers include Maximilian I of Habsburg, Holy Roman Emperor, and Maximilien Robespierre, a French

  • Maximillian (Latin) - Little Maximus [English speaking countries]

    Variant of Maximilian, derived from the Latin Maximus.

  • Maximus (Latin) - The greatest [English speaking countries]

    A common Roman name, used by the early Christians.

  • Milo (Germanic) - Uncertain, perhaps peaceful [English speaking countries]

    The name Milo is of uncertain derivation.

    Of Germanic origin, adopted by the French as Milon, and established in English-speaking countries as Miles.

    Milo might come from the German 'mild' (mild, peaceful, calm), which is d

  • Octavius (Latin) - Eighth [English speaking countries]

    From Latin 'octavus' meaning "eighth". Octavius was the family name of the Roman emperor Augustus. It is also the name of a character in Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar".

  • Quintus (Latin) - Fifth [English speaking countries]

    A Roman praenomen (given name).

  • Titus (Latin) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    A Roman praenomen (given name), possibly related to Latin titulus "title of honour".

    Romans bearing the name Titus include Emperor Titus Flavius Vespasianus, who reigned between the years 79 and 81, and Titus Livius - the historian who is m

  • Ulysses (Greek) - Walker [English speaking countries]

    Ulysses is the Latinized version of Odysseus.

    18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, went by this name. At birth. his name was Hiram Ulysses Grant (Ulysses being chosen in homage to the mythological hero) and the prospect of

  • Virgil (Latin) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    Virgil is the more commonly known form of the name Vergilius. It belonged most famously to a first century AD poet, author of the Roman epic poem 'The Aeneid'. In popular culture Virgil Tracy is the pilot of the (sadly fictional) Thunderbird 2.

Female Names
  • Antonia (Latin) - N/A [Dutch, English, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish speaking countries]

    Antonia is the name of the main character in WIlla Cather's landmark American novel, "My Antonia."

  • Aurora (Latin) - Dawn [English and Norwegian speaking countries]

    The aurorae are coloured lights that appear in the night sky in the polar zones. They are the result of the collision of charged ions from the magnetosphere with atoms in the upper atmosphere. They were named after Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn.

  • Camila (Latin) - Altar server [English and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Camilla (Latin) - Altar server [English speaking countries]

    Camilla was the name of a legendary female warrior who chose to fight against Aeneas when he landed in Italy, and was killed on the battlefield. She one of the few strong female characters in Vergil's Aeneid.

    Camillus and camilla were two

  • Cassia (Hebrew) - Cinnamon-like bark [English speaking countries]

    Feminine form of the Roman family name Cassius. It may also be derived from the name of the flowering spice tree of the same name (also sometimes known as Senna).

  • Claudia (Latin) - Disabled [English, German, Italian and Spanish speaking countries]

    St Claudia was supposedly the mother of the second pope, Linus. Claudia Schiffer is a German supermodel, and Claudia Winkleman is a British TV presenter. The real first name of 'Lady Bird' Johnson (wife of US President Lyndon Johnson) was Claudia.

  • Diana (Latin) - N/A [Dutch, English, Estonian, German, Spanish and Armenian speaking countries]

    Diana is derived from either an Indo-European root meaning "divine," or from the Latin "diviana," though neither theory is particularly well-sourced.

    Diana was the Roman goddess of the moon who eventually took on the huntress identity of th

  • Eliana (Hebrew) - The Lord has responded [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    The Latin "Eliana" derives from the Latin family name "Aelianus," which corresponds to the Greek word Helios (sun).
    It is also a Hebrew name, meaning "God has answered".

  • Elissa (Hebrew) - My God is a vow [English speaking countries]

    A short form of Elisabeth, Elissa is also bestowed as an independent given name.

    Elissa is another name of the mythological, famous and tragic queen Dido of Carthage. Her history and faith formed a part of the plot of Virgil's Aeneas.

  • Livia (Latin) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    Also taken as a shortened form of Olivia.

  • Lucia (Latin) - Light [English, Italian and Spanish speaking countries]

    Saint Lucia is an island in the Caribbean. It was named after Saint Lucy (Lucia) of Syracuse.

    Saint Lucia enjoys a high degree of popularity in Scandinavian countries, where her feast day is celebrated every December 13th. Her connection

  • Luciana (Latin) - Light [English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]

    Luciana is a main character of Shakespeare's play "The Comedy of Errors".

  • Maia (Greek) - Uncertain, perhaps mother or great one [English speaking countries]

    Of uncertain meaning, Maia appears in both Greek and Roman mythologies.
    It might come from the Old Greek word for mother or nurse. The root 'ma' means motherhood.
    Her name could also derived from the root mai- "great", seen also in Latin ma

  • Marcela (Latin) - Little Marcus [Czech, English, Polish, Romanian and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Marcella (Latin) - Little Marcus [English and Italian speaking countries]

    Latin feminine of Marcellus, a diminutive of Marcus. In regular use in the English-speaking countries since the 1860s.

    The most famous Marcella is probably "the most beautiful creature ever sent into the world", in Don Quixote by Cervantes.

  • Marcia (Latin) - From the god Mars [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    Feminine form of Marcius, a variant of Marcus, which is derived from Mars, the Roman mythological god of war.
    Of English and Spanish usage, as well as Portuguese when spelt Márcia.

  • Marina (Latin) - From the god Mars [Bulgarian, English, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish and Russian speaking countries]

    A feminine form of the Roman family name Marinus.

    The name is derived from Marius (from the god Mars), but is identical to the Latin adjective 'marinus' meaning "of the sea", and therefore commonly associated to it.

    Marina is

  • Martina (Latin) - From the god Mars [Czech, English, German, Italian, Romanian and Spanish speaking countries]

    Feminine form of Martinus. The name is popular throughout Europe.

  • Melanie (Greek) - Black [Dutch, English, French and German speaking countries]

    The French form of the Latin Melania, derived from the Greek 'melas', meaning "black, dark".
    The French spelling is Mélanie.

    The name was introduced to England in the Middles Ages, but became popular in the late 20th century. This ca

  • Natalia (Italian) - Christ's birthday [English, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Russian speaking countries]

    The original form of the English name "Natalie," Natalia is derived from the Italian "natale," meaning "birthday." The term refers specifically to Christ's birthday - the Italian phrase for "merry Christmas" is "buon natale!", literally "good birthday!"

  • Octavia (Latin) - Eighth [English speaking countries]

    In Roman times, Octavia was the name of the wife of Mark Antony , also sister of Roman emperor Augustus. Octavia is a character in Shakespeare's play "Antony and Cleopatra".

  • Paulina (Latin) - Small; humble [English, Italian, Polish and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Priscila (Latin) - Ancient [English speaking countries]

    A spelling variant of Priscilla that has fallen into disuse.

  • Priscilla (Latin) - Ancient [English speaking countries]

    Priscilla was an early convert to Christianity, she is mentioned in the book of Acts and some of Paul's letters.

    Priscilla Wagner was the wife of Elvis Presley.

    'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' was a film ab

  • Renita (Latin) - Reborn [English speaking countries]
  • Rhea (Greek) - Earth [English speaking countries]

    Rhea is the Latin form of the Greek name Rheia. In Greek mythology, Rheia was a Titan, the sister and wife of Chronos, and the mother goddess who gave birth to many of the other major gods and goddesses. The name is most likely a form of 'era' (earth), al

  • Silvia (Latin) - Wooded; forest [English and Italian speaking countries]

    From legend, Rhea Silvia was the mother of Remus and Romulus, the founders of Rome.
    St Silvia was the mother of Pope Gregory the Great.

  • Tatiana (Latin) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    In Christianity, several early Eastern saints bore the name Tatiana. "Tatiana" is also the name of a Russian ballet.

  • Tatyana (Latin) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    Tatyana is probably derived from the Latin "Tatianus" or "Tatius," a family name of unknown definition. Tatiana is used with some regularity in the English-speaking world, though it is not as popular as its variants Tania, Tanya, and Tanja.

  • Valencia (Latin) - Healthy and strong [English speaking countries]
  • Valentina (Latin) - Healthy, strong [English, Italian and Spanish speaking countries]
  • Valeria (Latin) - To be healthy, strong [English speaking countries]

    A number of early Christian saints were named Valeria. Valeria is also the name of a character in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus." Many Americans became familiar with this name through the TV show "A Model Life," in which one of the contestants was named Val

  • Valorie (Latin) - To be healthy, strong [English speaking countries]
  • Victoria (Latin) - Conqueror; victory [English, Romanian and Spanish speaking countries]

    Victoria was the Roman goddess of victory, the equivalent of the Greek Nike.

    A notable bearer of this name is Queen Victoria who reigned between 1819 - 1901 and is the longest reigning British monarch. Victoria was not a common name when Qu

  • Virginia (Latin) - Maiden [Danish, English, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish speaking countries]

    The American state of Virginia was named after English Queen Elizabeth I - known as the 'Virgin Queen' because she never married.

    Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and Virginia Wade is a Wimbledon winning tennis player.

Gender Neutral Names
  • Hilary (Latin) - Cheerful [English speaking countries]
  • Maya (Greek) - Uncertain, perhaps mother or great one [English, French, Hindi, Japanese and Spanish speaking countries]

    Maya is mostly taken in English-speaking countries as a variant of the mythological name Maia, usage influenced by the common English word and name "May".

    It is also the Spanish form of the name, and a common pet form of Amalia.

  • Tracey (English) - Thracius' place [English speaking countries]

    Also an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Treasach ('warlike, fierce')