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Roman Names for Boys

October 4, 2021

Welcome to our list of the 50 most popular Roman names for boys. Each name has a short explanation of its meaning along with a cool fact about the name. 

This list is perfect for:

  • Parents looking for a Roman baby name
  • People who want to change their name via deed poll to a more Roman sounding one
  • People who want to find out which are the most popular Roman names

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So without further interruption here is the list of the 50 most popular Roman names for boys.

Aeneas

This Roman name's meaning and history are quite unique. Aeneas is the name of the leading character in the poem 'Aeneid', which was very popular during the Roman era. Although Aeneas is a Latin name with Greek origins, it was common amongst Roman societies.

Amadeus

The literal meaning of this name is "Love of God". It is also commonly believed that this was the middle name of the iconic composer Wolfgang Mozart.

Amulius

Amulius is a Roman mythological character who dethroned his brother and briefly became king.

Ancus

This is also amongst the Roman personal names that pertain to royalty. Ancus Martius was the king of Rome from 640 to 617 B.C.

Appius

Appius was a common name in Roman societies before 100 A.D.

Augustus

The meaning of this name comes from the word 'Augere', which is Latin for “to increase”. Octavian, the first emperor of Rome, held the title of Augustus.

Benedictus

Benedictus literally translates to “blessed”.

Brutus

This name is well known because Brutus was one of the people who assassinated Julius Caesar. 

Caesar

This was the last name of one of the most famous figures in ancient Rome. However, Caesar is also a common Roman first name for boys.

Caeso

Caeso is another Roman name that was mostly given before 100 A.D.

Cicero

If you are looking for influential names from ancient Rome, Cicero was a historically-renowned statesman and public speaker.

Decimus

The meaning of this word is "tenth". The name Decimus was held by a famous Roman public figure.

Deusdedit

Deusdedit, which translates to "god's gift", is the name of several influential people during and after the Roman era.

Drusus

For those who prefer masculine Roman names for boys, Drusus is an ancient name that translates to "strong". 

Fabius

Quintus Maximus's middle name was Fabius. The military leader is best known for militarily beating Hannibal of Carthage, Rome's biggest enemy during his time. Maximus continues to be an influential figure in modern day American society.

Faustus

The name Faustus is originally Latin, and the term's meanings include "friendly", "successful", "flourishing", and other similar adjectives. Faustus, as a name, was more prevalent in the countryside than it was in the ancient city of Rome.

Felix

Felix is another originally Latin word, which means lucky and/or successful.

Florence

Florence is a Roman word for "flourishing".

Gaius

This Roman name for boys is ideal for parents who want to name their child after a biblical figure. While Gaius is a Greek word, the name was especially widespread in Rome during the first century, with the most prominent example being Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar.

Gnaeus

Gnaeus was one of the mainstream names in historical Rome.

Iullus

Many popular figures were named Iullus during the Roman era and afterwards. In fact, Iullus was a common name across Europe for centuries.

Janus

Not to be confused with the female name Janice, Janus, according to historical Roman religious beliefs, is the god of beginnings. This is one of the unisex names that are suitable for both boys and girls.

Julius

Julius is frequently used as a first name in modern times. During the Roman era, this was a common last and middle name (as in the case Gaius Julius Caesar).

Lars

In historical Rome, the name Lars gained prominence before the year 100 A.D. It is also prevalent in modern day Scandinavian societies.

Licinus

This is another name for boys that was particularly used prior to 100 A.D.

Lucius

Lucius (with a hard 'c' that's pronounced like a 'k') was widespread in Roman times.  

Manius

Similarly, this name is amongst the most common names in ancient Rome. Manius translates to "morning".

Manlius

Manlius is another variation of the name ‘Manius’.

Marcellus

Marcellus was the Roman god of war. The term, which has Latin origins, means "Mars".

Marcius

Many famous figures held this name throughout Roman history. Today, Marcius is used as a first name for boys in many countries across the world.

Marcus

The name Marcus is derived from Mars, the Roman god of war. It is also the first name of several well-known figures in ancient Rome, such as Marcus Tullius Cicero and Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

Marianus

The name pertains to Saint Maria. Marianus is the masculine/male version of ‘Mariana’.

Maximus

In Roman terminology, the word Maximus translates to "greatest".

Neptune

A mythological figure in historical Rome, Neptune is the god of the sea.

Numerius

Despite not being as prevalent as the other Roman names for boys on this list, Numerius was particularly used by working-class people, countryside residents, and those who lived in the southern areas of modern-day Italy.

Numitor

As the king of Alba Longa, Numitor was overthrown by Amulius, whose name was mentioned earlier in this list.

Paullus or Paulus

This was used as a last name in Rome. Today, the first name 'Paul' originates from Paullus/Paulus.

Pluto

Pluto is a Latin word and a prevalent name amongst historical Roman societies. Its origin comes from the Greek word for "wealth", which is "Plutos".

Pollux

This is a Roman mythological name. Pollux is a Greek term for "sweet".

Publius

Publius is a commonplace Roman name that is used for honorable attainments. For example, Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus led victorious military efforts.

Quintus

Originally in Latin, Quintus means "fifth". During the Roman era, Quintus was amongst the most widespread names for men and boys.

Quirinus

Quirinus was a Roman god.

Remus

This is the name of one of the men who originally founded the city of Rome.

Romulus

In the same vein, Romulus was Remus's brother and amongst Rome's founders.

Rufus

The term Rofus is derived from the ancient Italian Sabellian languages, and it is defined as pertaining to red hair.

Saturn

As the name of the Roman god of agriculture, Saturn was a prevalent name in historical Rome.

Senecio

Senecio is an originally Latin name that means "old man".

Seruius

This is an Etruscan word that was used in ancient Italian civilizations that preceded the Roman Empire and Republic. Seruius was one of the Etruscan kings of Rome, and his name lived on for centuries to follow.

Sextus

Many historical Roman families named their sixth child Sextus.

Silvanus

The name of the god of forests in Roman mythology.

Silvius

Silvius translates to the word "wood". However, this name is popular because it was held by a martyred Roman saint.

Summanus

This word means "before the morning", and Roman societies regularly used it as a name for boys.

Tatius

Titus Tatis was the king of the Sabines in Roman mythology. The name Tatius is derived from this figure.

Tiberius

Tiberius was the first name of a famous Roman emperor, Tiberius Claudius Nero Caesar.

Titan

This name's definition is "a powerful man".

Titus

The first name of Titus Tatis, the mythological king of the Sabines.

Vitus

This name pertains to the word "vita", which means "life" in Latin.

Vulcan

Vulcan was the Roman god of fire.

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