Classical Latin Origin Names

This is a list of names in which the origin is Classical Latin. Latin was the language spoken in ancient Rome and many parts of the Roman Empire.
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SYLVESTERmEnglish, Dutch, Danish, German
Medieval variant of SILVESTER. This is currently the usual English spelling of the name. The actor Sylvester Stallone (1946-) is a famous bearer.
French form of SILVESTER.
SYLVIfNorwegian, Swedish, Finnish
Norwegian and Swedish variant of SOLVEIG. It is also used as a short form of SYLVIA.
SYLVIAfEnglish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German
Variant of SILVIA. This has been the most common English spelling since the 19th century.
French form of SILVIA.
Polish form of SILVESTER.
Polish form of SILVIA.
Hungarian form of SABINA.
Hungarian form of SILVESTER.
Hungarian form of SILVIA.
TACITAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of TACITUS.
TACITOmItalian (Rare), Spanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare)
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of TACITUS.
TACITUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which meant "silent, mute" in Latin. This was the name of a 1st-century Roman historian.
Finnish short form of TATIANA.
TALISHAfAfrican American (Rare)
Combination of the popular name prefix Ta and LISHA.
Short form of TATIANA.
TANIKAfAfrican American
Invented name, probably modeled on TAMIKA and influenced by TANYA.
TANIQUAfAfrican American (Rare)
Combination of the popular name element Tan (from names such as TANYA) and the common name suffix qua.
TANISHAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular name element Tan (from names such as TANYA) and the common name suffix sha.
TANYAfRussian, English
Russian diminutive of TATIANA. It began to be used in the English-speaking world during the 1930s.
From the Roman name Tarquinius which is of unknown meaning, possibly Etruscan in origin. This was the name of two early kings of Rome.
TASHAfRussian, English
Short form of NATASHA.
Czech form of TATIANA.
TATIANAfItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Greek, Georgian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus, a derivative of the Roman name TATIUS. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint who was martyred in Rome under the emperor Alexander Severus. She was especially venerated in Orthodox Christianity, and the name has been common in Russia (as Татьяна) and Eastern Europe. It was not regularly used in the English-speaking world until the 1980s.
TATIANUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was derived from TATIUS.
TATIUSmRoman Mythology, Ancient Roman
Roman family name of unknown meaning, possibly of Sabine origin. According to Roman legend, Titus Tatius was an 8th-century BC king of the Sabines who came to jointly rule over the Romans and Sabines with the Roman king Romulus.
TATYANAfRussian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian form of TATIANA.
Diminutive of TERÉZIA.
Possibly derived from Welsh teg "fair", or possibly from the Roman name TACITUS. This is the Welsh name of a lake in Wales, called Bala Lake in English. It also occurs in medieval Welsh legends as the husband of Ceridwen.
Diminutive of TEREZIJA.
Portuguese feminine form of TERTIUS.
Portuguese form of TERTIUS.
Spanish short form of TERESA.
From the Roman family name Terentius which is of unknown meaning. Famous bearers include Publius Terentius Afer, a Roman playwright, and Marcus Terentius Varro, a Roman scholar. It was also borne by several early saints. The name was used in Ireland as an Anglicized form of TOIRDHEALBHACH, but it was not in use as an English name until the late 19th century.
TERENTImGeorgian, Russian
Georgian form of Terentius (see TERENCE). It is also a Russian variant transcription of TERENTIY.
TERENTIUSmAncient Roman
Original Latin form of TERENCE.
Russian form of Terentius (see TERENCE).
Italian form of Terentius (see TERENCE).
TERESAfSpanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Finnish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
Cognate of THERESA. Saint Teresa of Ávila was a 16th-century Spanish nun who reformed the Carmelite monasteries and wrote several spiritual books. It was also borne by the beatified Albanian missionary Mother Teresa (1910-1997), who worked with the poor in Calcutta. She adopted the name in honour of the French saint Thérèse de Lisieux, who is the patron of missionaries.
TERESEfBasque, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Basque and Scandinavian form of TERESA.
Swedish variant of THERESA.
Portuguese diminutive of TERESA.
Spanish diminutive of TERESA.
Hungarian short form of THERESA.
TEREZAfCzech, Portuguese (Brazilian), Bulgarian, Romanian
Czech, Portuguese, Bulgarian and Romanian form of THERESA.
TERÉZIAfHungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of THERESA.
Czech variant form of THERESA.
TEREZIJAfSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of THERESA.
TEREZINHAfPortuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese diminutive of TEREZA.
Either a feminine variant of TERRY (1) or a diminutive of THERESA.
TERMINUSmRoman Mythology
Means "limit, boundary, end" in Latin. This was the name of the Roman god of boundaries.
From an English surname which was probably derived from the Norman French nickname tirel "to pull", referring to a stubborn person. It may sometimes be given in honour of civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).
Either a feminine variant of TERRY (1) or a diminutive of THERESA.
Either a feminine variant of TERRY (1) or a diminutive of THERESA.
TERRY (2)m & fEnglish
Diminutive of TERENCE or THERESA. A famous bearer was Terry Fox (1958-1981), a young man with an artificial leg who attempted to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He died of the disease before crossing the country.
TERTIAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of TERTIUS.
TERTIUSmAncient Roman
This was both a Roman praenomen and a cognomen which meant "third" in Latin.
Italian form of TERTIUS.
TESSfEnglish, Dutch
Diminutive of THERESA. This is the name of the main character in Thomas Hardy's novel 'Tess of the D'Ubervilles' (1891).
Diminutive of THERESA.
Swedish diminutive of TERESA.
Diminutive of THERESA.
Dutch short form of ANTONIUS.
Dutch short form of ANTONIA.
Dutch short form of ANTONIUS.
Diminutive of THERESIA.
Earliest recorded form of THERESA.
THERESAfEnglish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Spanish and Portuguese name Teresa. It was first recorded as Therasia, being borne by the Spanish wife of Saint Paulinus of Nola in the 4th century. The meaning is uncertain, but it could be derived from Greek θερος (theros) "summer", from Greek θεριζω (therizo) "to harvest", or from the name of the Greek island of Therasia (the western island of Santorini).... [more]
French form of THERESA. It was borne by the French nun Saint Thérèse de Lisieux (1873-1897), who is regarded as a Doctor of the Church.
THERESEfGerman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
German and Scandinavian variant of THERESA.
THERESIAfGerman, Dutch, Swedish
German, Dutch and Swedish form of THERESA.
Dutch short form of ANTONIUS.
Dutch short form of ANTONIUS.
THRACIUSmAncient Roman
From a Roman name which meant "of Thracia". Thracia was a region in southeast Europe, now divided between Greece and Turkey.
Portuguese form of JAMES, derived from SANTIAGO.
Short form of TATIANA or CHRISTIANA.
Romanian form of TIBERIUS.
TIBERIUSmAncient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "of the Tiber" in Latin. The Tiber is the river that runs through Rome. Tiberius was the second Roman emperor, the stepson of Emperor Augustus.
TIBORmHungarian, Czech, Slovak
Hungarian, Czech and Slovak form of Tiburtius (see TIBURCIO).
TIBORCmHungarian (Rare)
Hungarian form of Tiburtius (see TIBURCIO).
TIBURCIOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of the Roman cognomen Tiburtius which meant "of Tibur". Tibur (now called Tivoli) was a resort town near Rome. Saint Tiburtius was a 3rd-century martyr from Rome.
Short form of KRISTIINA.
TIITUSmFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of TITUS.
Short form of MARTIJN or AUGUSTIJN.
Croatian short form of MARTIN, AUGUSTIN, and other names ending in tin.
TINAfEnglish, Italian, Dutch, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian
Short form of CHRISTINA, MARTINA, and other names ending in tina. In addition to these names, it is also used in Dutch as a diminutive of CATHARINA and in Croatian as a diminutive of KATARINA.
TINE (2)mSlovene
Slovene diminutive of MARTIN or VALENTIN.
Slovene diminutive of MARTIN or VALENTIN.
Diminutive of TINA.
Short form of VALENTINO, MARTINO, and other names ending in tino.
Russian form of TITUS.
Lithuanian form of TITUS.
TITIANAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of TITIANUS.
TITIANUSmAncient Roman
Original Latin form of TIZIANO.
TITOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of TITUS.
TITOSmBiblical Greek
Form of TITUS used in the Greek New Testament.
Diminutive of LETITIA. This is now a slang word for the female breast, and the name has subsequently dropped out of common use.
TITUmOld Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of TITUS.
TITUSmAncient Roman, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Roman praenomen, or given name, which is of unknown meaning, possibly related to Latin titulus "title of honour". It is more likely of Oscan origin, since it was borne by the legendary Sabine king Titus Tatius.... [more]
Feminine form of TIZIANO.
Italian form of the Roman cognomen Titianus, which was derived from the Roman praenomen TITUS. A famous bearer was the Venetian Renaissance painter Tiziano Vecellio (1488-1576), known in English as Titian.
Diminutive of TATJANA.
Short form of ANTOINETTE.
Finnish form of ANTONIA.
Irish form of THERESA.
Dutch short form of ANTON.
Croatian diminutive of ANTHONY.
Croatian diminutive of ANTHONY.
TONE (1)mSlovene
Short form of ANTON.
Hungarian diminutive of ANTHONY.
TONI (1)mFinnish, Croatian, Bulgarian, Spanish, Portuguese, German
Short form of ANTTONI, ANTUN, and other related names.
TONI (2)fEnglish
Short form of ANTONIA.
Variant of TONYA.
Diminutive of ANTONIA.
Portuguese diminutive of ANTÓNIO or ANTÔNIO.
Diminutive of ANTONIO.
Short form of ANTONIO.
Estonian form of ANTHONY.
TONKAfSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian diminutive of ANTONIA.
Spanish diminutive of ANTONIO.
Short form of ANTHONY.
TONYAfEnglish, Russian
English diminutive of ANTONIA or a Russian diminutive of ANTONINA. In the English-speaking world its use has likely been positively influenced by the name TANYA.
Dutch diminutive of ANTOON.
TORE (2)mItalian
Short form of SALVATORE.
Diminutive of VICTORIA.
Short form of VICTORIA.
TORY (1)mAfrican American
Meaning unknown, possibly a diminutive of SALVATORE.
TORY (2)fEnglish
Variant of TORI.
Polish diminutive of ANTONINA.
TOYAfAmerican (Hispanic)
Diminutive of VICTORIA or CUSTODIA used among Hispanic Americans.
Short form of TRACY.
Feminine variant of TRACY.
TRACEYf & mEnglish
Variant of TRACY.
Feminine variant of TRACY.
Feminine variant of TRACY.
TRACYf & mEnglish
From an English surname which was taken from a Norman French place name meaning "domain belonging to THRACIUS". Charles Dickens used it for a male character in his novel 'The Pickwick Papers' (1837). It was later popularized as a feminine name by the main character Tracy Lord in the movie 'The Philadelphia Story' (1940). This name is also sometimes used as a diminutive of THERESA.
Romanian form of Traianus (see TRAJAN).
TRAIANUSmAncient Roman
Original Latin form of TRAJAN.
TRAJANmHistory, Macedonian
From the Roman cognomen Traianus, which is of unknown meaning. The Roman emperor Trajan (full name Marcus Ulpius Traianus) is considered among the most capable men to have led the empire. His military accomplishments include victories over Dacia and Parthia.
TRAVERSmEnglish (Rare)
From the surname TRAVERS.
From the English surname Travis (a variant of TRAVERS). It was used in America in honour of William Travis (1809-1836), the commander of the Texan forces at the Battle of the Alamo.
Possibly means "strength" in Irish Gaelic. It is also sometimes used as an Irish form of THERESA.
TREESfDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of THERESIA.
Short form of PATRICIA.
Short form of PATRICIA.
Short form of PATRICIA.
Short form of BEATRIX.
Diminutive of BEATRIX.
Portuguese form of TULLIO.
Spanish form of TULLIO.
TULLIAfItalian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Tullius (see TULLIO).
Italian form of the Roman family name Tullius, which is of unknown meaning. A famous bearer was Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman orator and author.
Form of Tullius (see TULLIO) used to refer to the Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero.
TURNUSmRoman Mythology
Meaning unknown. According to Virgil's 'Aeneid', Turnus was a king of the Rutuli. He led the Latins in war against the Trojans led by Aeneas. At the end of the book he is killed by Aeneas in a duel.
Basque form of DOMINIC.
TYRELLmEnglish (Modern)
From a surname which was a variant of TERRELL.
TYRRELLmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of TERRELL.
Polish form of TITUS.
Scottish form of VALENTINE (1).
Irish form of VINCENT.
Diminutive of URSZULA.
Variant transcription of ULYANA.
ULLAfSwedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, German
Scandinavian diminutive of ULRIKA or HULDA (1), or a German diminutive of URSULA.
Russian form of JULIANA.
French form of Urbanus (see URBAN).
URBANmDanish, Swedish, German, Polish, Slovene, Biblical
From the Latin name Urbanus which meant "city dweller". This name is mentioned briefly in one of Paul's epistles in the New Testament. It was subsequently borne by eight popes.
Italian feminine form of URBAN.
URBANOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Urbanus (see URBAN).
German form of the Latin name Ursus, which meant "bear". Saint Ursus was a 3rd-century soldier in the Theban Legion who was martyred with Saint Victor. He is the patron saint of Solothurn in Switzerland.
URSAfLate Roman
Feminine form of URSUS. This is the name of two constellations in the northern sky: Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
German diminutive of URSULA.
URSINUSmLate Roman
Latin name which was a derivative of Ursus (see URS).
Slovene diminutive of URSULA.
ÚRSULAfPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of URSULA.
Slovene form of URSULA.
URSULAfEnglish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Finnish, Late Roman
Means "little bear", derived from a diminutive form of the Latin word ursa "she-bear". Saint Ursula was a legendary virgin princess of the 4th century who was martyred by the Huns while returning from a pilgrimage. In England the saint was popular during the Middle Ages, and the name came into general use at that time.
URSUSmLate Roman
Latin form of URS.
Polish form of URSULA.
Diminutive of URSULA.
Russian form of JUSTINA.
VALm & fEnglish
Short form of VALENTINE (1), VALERIE, and other names beginning with Val.
From the name of cities in Spain and Venezuela, both derived from Latin valentia meaning "strength, vigour".
VALENSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen (see VALENTINE (1)). This name was borne by a 4th-century Roman emperor.
Croatian short form of VALENTIN.
VALENTEmPortuguese, Italian
Portuguese and Italian form of VALENTIN.
Dutch form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
VALENTÍNmSpanish, Slovak
Spanish and Slovak form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
Slovak feminine form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
VALENTINAfItalian, Russian, Croatian, Macedonian, Slovene, Romanian, Spanish, Greek, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)). A famous bearer was the Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova (1937-), who in 1963 became the first woman to visit space.
VALENTINE (1)mEnglish
From the Roman cognomen Valentinus which was itself from the name Valens meaning "strong, vigourous, healthy" in Latin. Saint Valentine was a 3rd-century martyr. His feast day was the same as the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia, which resulted in the association between Valentine's day and love. As an English name, it has been used occasionally since the 12th century.
VALENTINE (2)fFrench
French feminine form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
Roman cognomen which was a derivative of the cognomen Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)). This name was borne by three Roman emperors.
Italian form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
Ukrainian form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
Ukrainian form of VALENTINA.
French form of VALERIUS.
VALERImBulgarian, Georgian, Russian
Bulgarian and Georgian form of VALERIUS, as well as a variant transcription of the Russian name VALERIY.
VALÉRIAfPortuguese, Hungarian, Slovak
Portuguese, Hungarian and Slovak feminine form of VALERIUS.
VALERIAfItalian, Spanish, Romanian, German, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of VALERIUS. This was the name of a 2nd-century Roman saint and martyr.
French form of Valerianus (see VALERIAN).
VALERIANmRussian, Ukrainian, Georgian, Romanian, History
From the Roman cognomen Valerianus, which was itself derived from the Roman name VALERIUS. This was the name of a 3rd-century Roman emperor. Several saints also had this name, including a 2nd-century martyr of Lyons.
VALERIANAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of Valerianus (see VALERIAN).
French form of Valeriana (see VALERIANA).
VALERIANUSmAncient Roman
Original Latin form of VALERIAN.
VALÉRIEfFrench, Czech
French and Czech form of VALERIA.
VALERIEfEnglish, German, Czech
English and German form of VALERIA and Czech variant of VALÉRIE.
Latvian form of VALERIA.
Latvian form of VALERIUS.
Portuguese form of VALERIUS.
VALERIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of VALERIUS.
Romanian form of VALERIUS.
VALERIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which was derived from Latin valere "to be strong". This was the name of several early saints.
Russian form of VALERIUS.
VALERIYAfRussian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian feminine form of VALERIUS.
Spanish variant of VALERIUS.
Variant transcription of VALERIY.
Diminutive of VALERIA.
Romanian diminutive of VALERIU or VALENTIN.
VARINIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name possibly derived from VARIUS.
VARIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which meant "versatile" in Latin. Varius Rufus was a Roman epic poet of the 1st century BC.
VARVARAfRussian, Greek, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Russian, Greek, Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BARBARA.
Diminutive of VARVARA.
Czech form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
Slovak form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
German form of VITUS or WIDO.
VENERAfRussian, Bulgarian, Albanian
Russian, Bulgarian and Albanian form of VENUS.
VENUSfRoman Mythology
Means "love, sexual desire" in Latin. This was the name of the Roman goddess of love and sex. Her character was assimilated with that of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. As the mother of Aeneas she was considered an ancestor of the Roman people. The second planet from the sun is named after her.
Variant of VIRGIL.
VERGINIUSmAncient Roman
Masculine form of VIRGINIA.
From the Latin name Verissimus which meant "very true". Saint Verissimus was a Portuguese martyr executed during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century.
From the Roman cognomen Vespasianus, derived either from Latin vesper meaning "west" or "evening" or vespa meaning "wasp". This was the name of a 1st-century Roman emperor, Titus Flavius Vespasianus, the founder of the Flavian dynasty.
Italian form of Vespasianus (see VESPASIAN).
Ancient Roman form of VESPASIAN.
VESPASIENmFrench (Rare)
French form of Vespasianus (see VESPASIAN).
Short form of SYLVESTER.
Short form of VIOLET.
VIANNEfEnglish (Rare)
Meaning unknown, perhaps a combination of VI and ANNE (1) or a short form of VIVIANNE.
VIATORmLate Roman
Late Latin name (see BEATRIX). This was the name of a 4th-century Italian saint.
VIATRIXfLate Roman
Earlier form of BEATRIX.
VIBIANAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of VIBIANUS.
VIBIANUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was a derivative of VIBIUS.
VIBIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name of unknown meaning, probably of Etruscan origin.
VICm & fEnglish
Short form of VICTOR or VICTORIA.
Catalan form of VINCENT.
Valencian form of VINCENT.
VICENTEmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of VINCENT.
Diminutive of VICTORIA.
Diminutive of VICTORIA.
Diminutive of VICTORIA.
French form of VICTORIA.
VÍCTORmSpanish, Catalan
Spanish and Catalan form of VICTOR.
VICTORmEnglish, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Dutch, Swedish, Late Roman
Roman name meaning "victor, conqueror" in Latin. It was common among early Christians, and was borne by several early saints and three popes. It was rare as an English name during the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century. A famous bearer was the French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885), who authored 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'Les Misérables'.
Catalan form of VICTORIA.
VICTORIAfEnglish, Spanish, Romanian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman, Roman Mythology
Means "victory" in Latin, being borne by the Roman goddess of victory. It is also a feminine form of VICTORIUS. This name was borne by a 4th-century saint and martyr from North Africa.... [more]
French feminine form of VICTORINUS.
VICTORINOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of VICTORINUS.
Roman name which was derived from VICTOR. This was the name of a ruler of the Gallic Empire in the 3rd century. It was also borne by the 4th-century Roman grammarian and philosopher Victorinus Afer as well as a few early saints.
Roman name which was derived from VICTOR. This was the name of two early saints.
VIDmSlovene, Croatian, Hungarian (Rare)
Slovene, Croatian and Hungarian form of WIDO or VITUS. Saint Vitus, known in Slavic languages as Sveti Vid (or similar), has been conflated with the Slavic god Svetovid.
VIDA (1)mHungarian
Hungarian form of WIDO or VITUS.
VIDA (2)fSlovene
Slovene feminine form of WIDO or VITUS.
Spanish form of Vitalis (see VITALE).
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