GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Πανκρατιος (Ancient Greek)

Meaning & History

Latinized form of Greek Πανκρατιος (Pankratios), derived from παν (pan) "all" and κρατος (kratos) "power". Early Byzantine Christians used this as a title of Christ. It was borne by two saints, a 1st-century Sicilian martyr and a semi-legendary 4th-century Roman martyr.
VARIANT: Pankratios
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Pancras (English), Pankraz (German), Pancrazio (Italian), Pankrati, Pankratiy (Russian)
Entry updated December 8, 2017