GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: PAHN-shəs (English), PAHN-tee-əs (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Roman family name possibly derived from the name of the ancient province of Pontus in Asia Minor, itself probably derived from Greek ποντος (pontos) "sea". Alternatively, the Roman family name could be related to Latin pons meaning "bridge". A notable bearer of this name was Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea who appears in the New Testament.
Related Names
OTHER LANGUAGES: Pontus (Danish), Pons (French), Ponzio (Italian), Pontus (Norwegian), Poncio (Spanish), Pontus (Swedish)