pretty much summed up the way things work, in his posting below.
I'm not sure what else you might be looking for regarding the name of "Atticus
". I mean, I presume you already know that this was the name of the lawyer-father in Harper Lee
's classic novel *To Kill a Mockingbird*?
A famous Atticus
was a Roman
scholar and personal friend of Cicero
Because Attica is the region surrounding the city of Athens, the name of "Atticus
" came to be associated with classical intelligence, simple elegance, and wit. The term "Attic prose" springs from these characteristics associated with the people of ancient Athens.
As for the literal meaning of the name... I did find one website which claims that the region of Attica was named for the dawn goddess "Atthis". Here is the online source: http://www.1freespace.com/women/alexiares/aaa.html#atthis