Given Name IGNATIUS

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Late Roman
PRONOUNCED: ig-NAY-shəs (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

From the Roman family name Egnatius, meaning unknown, of Etruscan origin. The spelling was later altered to resemble Latin ignis "fire". This was the name of several saints, including the third bishop of Antioch who was thrown to wild beasts by Emperor Trajan, and by Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), founder of the Jesuits, whose real birth name was in fact Íñigo.

Categories

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FEMININE FORM: Ignatia
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Egnatius (Ancient Roman), Iñaki (Basque), Ignat (Bulgarian), Ignasi (Catalan), Ignác (Czech), Ignaas (Dutch), Iggy (English), Ignace (French), Ignatz, Ignaz (German), Ignác (Hungarian), Ignazio (Italian), Ignas (Lithuanian), Ignacy (Polish), Inácio (Portuguese), Ignat (Romanian), Ignat, Ignatiy (Russian), Ignàtziu (Sardinian), Ignác (Slovak), Ignac, Ignacij, Nace (Slovene), Ignacio, Nacho, Nacio (Spanish)
Entry updated May 31, 2018