Usage Roman Mythology
Other Forms FormsAventine, Aventin, Aventino
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Contributor Contrib.Ambiversion on 4/14/2016
This name can be traced to the Aventine Hill, allegedly one of the Seven Hills that Ancient Rome was founded upon. Aventinus of Alba Longa was a mythical king said to have been buried there. It is debated as to whether the hill was named for the figure, or vice versa. The name appears in Virgil's Aeneid as a son of Hercules and Rhea, this time it is most likely after the hill. It is perhaps derived from, or was at least associated with, Latin avis meaning "bird".Saint Aventinus (?-537, also known as Saint Aventine) and Aventinus of Tours (?-1180) are two saints with this name.