Latin Names

Male Names
  • Anthony (Latin) - N/A [English speaking countries]

    Anthony is from the Roman family name Antonius. Commonly shortened to "Tony" in the English speaking world, Anthony is one of the most common male names in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.

    Saint Anthony the Great was the fa

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dexter (English) - Dyer of cloth [English speaking countries]

    'Dexter's Laboratory' is the name of an animated children's television show - the lead character is boy genius Dexter. 'Dexter' is also the name of a TV series based on books by Jeff Lindsay, in which the lead character, Dexter Morgan, is a serial killer

  • Dominic (Latin) - Lord [English speaking countries]

    St Dominic was the founder of the Dominican religious order. Santo Domingo (St Dominic) is the capital of the Dominican Republic. dominic is a name traditionally given to children born on Sunday in reference to its "holiness".

    Operation Dom

  • Eugene (Greek) - Well born [English and French speaking countries]

    A borrowing from the French Eugène.

    From the Latin Eugenius and the Greek Eugenios, which are derived from the Greek "eugenes" (well-born, noble). Eugene was a name borne by four popes and several saints.

    Eugène de Beauharna

  • 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.


  • Felix (Latin) - Happy, lucky, fortunate [English, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries]

    There have been several St Felixs. St Felix and his sister, St Regula, are the patron saints of Zurich. St Felix of Burgundy is known as the bishop who introduced Christianity into East Anglia, in England. There have been four Popes named Felix.

  • Julian (Latin) - Down-bearded youth [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    Spelt Julián in Spanish.

    Julian is a common saint name. Saint Julian the Hospitaler was a saint from the Middle Ages and is the patron saint of travelers. Julian is rarely used as a female name; Julian of Norwich, the only famous female be

  • 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-

  • Justin (Latin) - Righteous, just, fair [English speaking countries]

    There were two Byzantine emperors named Justin. Justin Martyr was an early Christian apologist and saint. Justin Timberlake is an American singer.

    Justin was the 8th most popular name in Quebec in 2006.

  • Lucian (Latin) - Light [English speaking countries]

    Famous bearers include Lucian of Samosata -an Assyrian satirist, St Lucian of Antioch and British painter Lucian Freud.

  • 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.

  • 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".

  • Roman (Latin) - Roman [Czech, English, Polish and Russian speaking countries]

    As well as being the word used to describe someone or something from the Italian city of Rome, 'un roman' is the French word for a novel.

    Famous Romans include film director Roman Polanski, and the Russian owner of Chelsea Football Club R

  • 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

  • Victor (Latin) - Victor [English, French and Spanish speaking countries]

    There have been three Popes named Victor. It was also a name used by the House of Savoy, which later became the family that ruled Italy following its unification in 1860 - Victor Emmanuel II was the first king of Italy.

    Other famous Victor

  • 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
  • Alma (Hebrew) - Maiden [English, Hebrew and Spanish speaking countries]

    Could be explained as from the Hebrew, 'maiden', from the Germanic 'amal', 'effort', or from the Latin 'alma', 'nourishing'.

    The River Alma in Ukraine was the site of a battle during the Crimean War, which was won by British, French and Ot

  • Amelia (Germanic) - Work; effort; strain [English and German speaking countries]

    Amelia is actually derived from two names: "Emilia," a Latin name meaning "rival," and "Amalia," a Germanic name meaning "work" or "labor." Henry Fielding popularized this name with his novel "Amelia" in 1751. More recently, the name took center stage i

  • Anjelica (Latin) - Of the angels [English speaking countries]

    A variant spelling of Angelica

  • 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.

  • Bertha (Germanic) - Famous; bright [English speaking countries]
  • Carolina (German) - Free man [English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries]

    Feminine form of the Latin Carolus, from the name Charles.
    It is now the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese cognate of the name.

    The states of North and South Carolina in the USA were named after King Charles I of England.

  • Cecelia (Latin) - Blind [English speaking countries]

    Variant spelling of Cecilia. Cecelia Ahern is an Irish author and daughter of current Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern.

  • 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.

  • Delia (Latin) - Of Delos [English speaking countries]

    Delia is the feminine form of the Latin Delius, from the Greek place name Delos, a small Aegean island and the legendary birthplace of the divine twins Artemis and Apollo. In ancient times Delia was a cult title of Apollo and not used as a girl's first na

  • Gemma (Latin) - Jewel [English and Italian speaking countries]

    Whilst not that unusual in the UK (and also used in Italy and Spain), Gemma is very rare in the US. The name derives ultimately from the Latin feminine noun 'gemma', meaning a jewel or precious stone. The word was also used for a bud or a jewelled cup.

  • Joanna (Hebrew) - God is gracious [English speaking countries]

    From the Latin and Greek form Ioanna. In the New Testament, the name is borne by a woman who was one of Jesus's followers.

    Other famous Joannas include actress Joanna Lumley and author Joanna Trollope.

    'Joanna' is cockney rh

  • Juliana (Latin) - Down-bearded youth [Dutch and English speaking countries]

    St Juliana of Nicodemia was a Christian martyr of the 4th century, a patron saint of childbirth and sickness, particularly popular in the Netherlands.

    Juliana was also the name of the Queen of the Netherlands from 1948 until her abdication

  • Lilia (Latin) - Lilies [English, Hebrew and Armenian speaking countries]

    Lilia is the plural of the Latin 'lilium', meaning "lily".

    Lilia is also a Hebrew name which literally means "to me, to god" – whatever I own belongs to God also.

  • 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".

  • Luna (Latin) - Moon [English and Spanish speaking countries]

    Luna is the Latin word for moon, and was the name of Roman goddess of the moon, who is usually identified with the Greek goddess Selene.

    Luna Lovegood is a character in the 'Harry Potter' books.

    Luna was the 10th most popula

  • Maura (Latin) - Moor [English, Italian and Spanish speaking countries]

    Of Celtic origin, perhaps derived from the Gaelic 'mohr' (great).
    It is also used as an Anglicized form of Máire.

    Alternatively, Maura is a feminine form of the Latin Maurus (dark-skinned).

  • Miranda (Latin) - She who must be admired [English speaking countries]

    Miranda was created by Shakespeare for his play "The Tempest" from the feminine form of the Latin gerundive 'mirandus' (admirable, lovely), from the verb 'mirari' (to wonder at, to admire). This gives the meaning "she who must be admired".

  • Monica (Latin) - Uncertain, perhaps counsellor [English speaking countries]

    Ancient name of uncertain etymology.

    Monica was the name of the mother of St. Augustine, who was burn in Numidia. Thus the name might be of African origin. However, Monica is said to have been a citizen of Carthage, a city founded by the Ph

  • Myra (Latin) - Uncertain, perhaps myrrh, unguent [English speaking countries]

    The name was invented in the 17th century by the poet Fulke Greville for use in his love poems.
    He perhaps based it on Latin 'myron' from the Greek (myrrh, onguent - a sweet smelling oil), creating a feminine form of Myron.
    It has also been

  • 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".

  • Odetta (Germanic) - Wealth [English speaking countries]

    Latinate form of French name Odette.

  • Ora (Hebrew) - Light [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    From the Hebrew meaning light. Also a more modern name based on Latin oro "to pray".

  • Rebecca (Hebrew) - To tie [English speaking countries]

    Sometimes touted as meaning 'to tie/to bind' or 'heifer', this name is of doubtful meaning and probably has its roots in Aramaic. The Biblical Rebecca was the wife of Isaac in the Old Testament and the mother of Jacob and Esau.

    This is al

  • 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

  • Samara (Hebrew) - Regard; guardian [English speaking countries]

    In the bible, there is a place named Samaria which could be where this name originates from. Samaria means "mountain lookout" or "watch mountain".

    A samara is a flattened fruit, commonly called a 'helicopter' and found on trees such as the

  • Stella (Latin) - Star [English speaking countries]

    Stella is a character in Tennessee Williams' play 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.

    As a product name, Stella Artois is a brand of Belgian beer, and Stella is a magazine produced by the British newspaper 'The Sunday Telegraph'.


Gender Neutral Names
  • Amara (Greek) - Unfading; eternal [English and Hindi speaking countries]

    The feminine Amara may be derived from the Greek amarantos (eternal, unfading).
    Alternatively, it may be from the Latin amarus (bitter, sour).

    As a male name it is Sanskrit in origin, and means 'immortal'. It also refers to the numb