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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Catalan form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
Catalan form of LUCIA.
LOLAfSpanish, English
Diminutive of DOLORES.
LOLICIAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of LOLA.
Diminutive of LOLA.
LONDONf & mEnglish (Modern)
From the name of the capital city of the United Kingdom, the meaning of which is uncertain. As a surname it was borne by the American author Jack London (1876-1916).
Polish form of LONGINUS.
LONGINUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen derived from Latin longus "long". According to Christian legend Saint Longinus was the name of the Roman soldier who pierced Jesus' side with a spear, then converted to Christianity and was martyred. The name was also borne by the 3rd-century Greek philosopher Cassius Longinus.
Spanish form of Lupus (see LOUP).
Limburgish short form of LAURENS.
LORAfEnglish, Italian
Variant of LAURA. It is also used as an Italian diminutive of ELEONORA or LOREDANA.
Elaboration of LORA.
LORENm & fEnglish
Either a short form of LAURENCE (1) (masculine) or a variant of LAUREN (feminine).
LORENA (1)fSpanish, Portuguese, Italian, Croatian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of LORRAINE.
LORENA (2)fEnglish
Latinized form of LAUREN. This name was first brought to public attention in America by the song 'Lorena' (1856), written by Joseph Webster, who was said to have created the name as an anagram of LENORE (from the character in Poe's poem 'The Raven').
LORENCIOmMedieval Spanish
Archaic Spanish form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
Elaboration of LORA.
LORENSmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of LAURENCE (1).
German form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LORENZAfItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish feminine form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LORENZOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)). Lorenzo de' Medici (1449-1492), known as the Magnificent, was a ruler of Florence during the Renaissance. He was also a great patron of the arts who employed Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and other famous artists.
Variant of LORETO.
LORETOf & mItalian, Spanish
From the name of a town in Italy, originally called Lauretum in Latin, meaning "laurel grove". Supposedly in the 13th century the house of the Virgin Mary was miraculously carried by angels from Nazareth to the town.
LORETTAfEnglish, Italian
Either an elaboration of LORA or a variant of LAURETTA. It is also sometimes used as a variant of LORETO.
Diminutive of LAURA or LORRAINE.
Variant of LORI.
Variant of LOREN.
Hungarian form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
Elaboration of LORA.
Diminutive of LORENZO.
Either a diminutive of LORA or a variant of LORETO.
From the name of a region in France, originally meaning "kingdom of LOTHAR". Lothar was a Frankish king, the great-grandson of Charlemagne, whose realm was in the part of France that is now called Lorraine, or in German Lothringen (from Latin Lothari regnum). As a given name, it has been used in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century, perhaps due to its similar sound with Laura. It became popular after World War I when the region was in the news, as it was contested between Germany and France.
Variant of LORI.
Variant of LORI.
French form of the Late Latin name Lupus which meant "wolf". Lupus was the name of several early saints, including a 5th-century bishop of Troyes who apparently convinced Attila to spare the city.
Portuguese form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LOURENSmFrisian, Dutch
Frisian form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
Short form of LOVRENCO.
Slovene form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LOVRENCOmCroatian (Rare)
Croatian form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LOVROmSlovene, Croatian
Short form of LOVRENC.
Welsh form of LAURA.
LUCA (2)fHungarian, Croatian
Hungarian and Croatian form of LUCIA.
From the Roman cognomen Lucanus, which was derived from the name of the city of Luca in Tuscany (modern Lucca). Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, commonly called Lucan, was a 1st-century Roman poet.
LUCEfItalian, French
Italian and French variant of LUCIA. This also means "light" in Italian.
Diminutive of LUCE. Shakespeare used this name for a character in his play 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (1594).
Diminutive of LUCIE.
Portuguese form of LUCIA.
Spanish form of LUCIA.
LUCIAfItalian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Slovak, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of LUCIUS. Saint Lucia was a 4th-century martyr from Syracuse. She was said to have had her eyes gouged out, and thus she is the patron saint of the blind. She was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings). It has been used in the England since the 12th century, usually in the spellings Lucy or Luce.
LUCIANmRomanian, English
Romanian and English form of LUCIANUS. Lucian is the usual name of Lucianus of Samosata in English.
LUCIANOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LUCIANUS.
LUCIANUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which was derived from the Roman praenomen LUCIUS. Lucianus (or Λουκιανος in his native Greek) of Samosata was a 2nd-century satirist and author. This name was also borne by a 4th-century saint and martyr from Antioch.
LUCIEfFrench, Czech
French and Czech form of LUCIA.
French form of LUCIANUS.
Feminine form of LUCIEN.
Latvian form of LUCIA.
LUCIJAfSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of LUCIA.
Croatian form of LUCIAN.
Spanish form of LUCILLA.
Portuguese feminine form of LUCILIUS.
LUCILIAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of LUCILIUS.
Italian form of LUCILIUS.
LUCILIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which was a derivative of the given name LUCIUS. This was the family name of the 2nd-century BC Roman satirist Gaius Lucilius.
LUCILLAfItalian, Ancient Roman
Latin diminutive of LUCIA. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint martyred in Rome.
LUCILLEfFrench, English
French form of LUCILLA. A famous bearer was American comedienne Lucille Ball (1911-1989).
LUCINAfRoman Mythology
Derived from Latin lucus meaning "grove", but later associated with lux "light". This was the name of a Roman goddess of childbirth.
LUCINDAfEnglish, Portuguese, Literature
An elaboration of LUCIA created by Cervantes for his novel 'Don Quixote' (1605). It was subsequently used by Molière in his play 'The Doctor in Spite of Himself' (1666).
Portuguese form of LUCIUS.
LUCIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of LUCIUS.
LUCIUSmAncient Roman, Biblical, English
Roman praenomen, or given name, which was derived from Latin lux "light". This was the most popular of the praenomina. Two Etruscan kings of early Rome had this name as well as several prominent later Romans, including Lucius Annaeus Seneca (known simply as Seneca), a statesman, philosopher, orator and tragedian. The name is mentioned briefly in the New Testament belonging to a Christian in Antioch. It was also borne by three popes, including the 3rd-century Saint Lucius. Despite this, the name was not regularly used in the Christian world until after the Renaissance.
Polish feminine form of LUCIUS.
Variant of ŁUCJA.
Polish form of LUCIANUS.
Polish form of LUCIANUS.
LUCRÈCEf & mFrench
French form of both LUCRETIA and its masculine form Lucretius.
LUCRETIAfAncient Roman, Roman Mythology
Feminine form of the Roman family name Lucretius, possibly from Latin lucrum "profit, wealth". In Roman legend Lucretia was a maiden who was raped by the son of the king of Rome. This caused a great uproar among the Roman citizens, and the monarchy was overthrown. This name was also borne by a saint and martyr from Spain.
LUCRETIUSmAncient Roman
Masculine form of LUCRETIA. This name was borne by 1st-century BC Roman poet Titus Lucretius Carus.
Italian form of LUCRETIA.
English form of LUCIA, in use since the Middle Ages.
Polish form of LUCINA.
Basque form of LUCIANUS.
LUNAfRoman Mythology, Italian, Spanish, English
Means "the moon" in Latin. Luna was the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted driving a white chariot through the sky.
LUPUSmLate Roman
Latin form of LOUP.
LUUSfDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish form of LUCIA.
Possibly a form of LAVINIA. It has been used in America since the 19th century.
LUZIAfPortuguese, German
Portuguese and German form of LUCIA.
Variant of LILOU.
Finnish form of MARGARET.
Dutch form of MARTIN.
Dutch feminine form of MARTIN.
Medieval feminine form of AMABILIS. This spelling and Amabel were common during the Middle Ages, though they became rare after the 15th century. It was revived in the 19th century after the publication of C. M. Yonge's novel 'The Heir of Redclyffe' (1854), which featured a character named Mabel (as well as one named Amabel).
MABELLAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of MABEL.
Variant of MABEL. It also coincides with the French phrase ma belle meaning "my beautiful".
Variant of MABEL.
MACK (2)mMedieval English
Medieval short form of MAGNUS, brought to Britain by Scandinavian settlers.
Welsh form of MAXIMUS. Magnus Maximus (known as Macsen in Welsh) was a 4th-century co-ruler of the Western Roman Empire. In Wales he was regarded as the founder of several royal lineages. He appears in the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth.
Diminutive of MARGARET.
Variant of MAY. A famous bearer was American actress Mae West (1893-1980), whose birth name was Mary.
Means "disciple of Saint SEACHNALL" in Irish. This was the name of two Irish high kings: Máel Sechnaill mac Máele Ruanaid who ruled all of Ireland in the 9th century; and Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill (called Malachy) who defeated the Norse of Dublin in the 10th century.
Diminutive of MARGARET.
Irish form of MAGNUS.
Modern form of MAGNI as well as a variant of MAGNUS.
Icelandic form of MAGNUS.
MAGNUSmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "great". It was borne by a 7th-century saint who was a missionary in Germany. It became popular in Scandinavia after the time of the 11th-century Norwegian king Magnus I, who was said to have been named after Charlemagne, or Carolus Magnus in Latin (however there was also a Norse name Magni). The name was borne by six subsequent kings of Norway as well as three kings of Sweden. It was imported to Scotland and Ireland during the Middle Ages.
MAIA (2)fRoman Mythology
Means "great" in Latin. This was the name of a Roman goddess of spring, the wife of Vulcan. The month of May is named for her.
Scottish form of MARGARET.
Irish form of MARGARET.
Scottish form of MARGARET.
Irish form of MARTIN.
Diminutive of MAIREAD.
MAITE (1)fSpanish
Contraction of MARÍA and TERESA.
Short form of MAKSIM.
MAKSIMmRussian, Belarusian, Macedonian, Ukrainian
Russian, Belarusian and Macedonian form of MAXIMUS, as well as a variant transliteration of Ukrainian MAKSYM.
MAKSYMmUkrainian, Polish
Ukrainian and Polish form of MAXIMUS.
Anglicized form of MÁEL SECHNAILL or MÁEL MÁEDÓC, influenced by the spelling of MALACHI. Saint Malachy (in Irish, Máel Máedóc) was a 12th-century archbishop of Armagh renowned for his miracles.
MALCOLMmScottish, English
From Scottish Máel Coluim which means "disciple of Saint COLUMBA". This was the name of four kings of Scotland starting in the 10th century, including Malcolm III, who became king after killing Macbeth, the usurper who had murdered his father. The character Malcolm in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Macbeth' (1606) is based on him. Another famous bearer was Malcolm X (1925-1965), an American civil rights leader.
Hawaiian form of MARK.
Polish form of MARGARET.
MALINA (1)fScottish
Feminine form of MALCOLM.
Diminutive of MARY or MARGARET.
Diminutive of AMANDA.
Diminutive of AMANDA.
MANIUSmAncient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, which was possibly derived from Old Latin manus "good".
Italian form of MANLIUS.
MANLIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which was possibly derived from Latin mane "morning". Marcus Manlius Capitolinus was a Roman consul who saved Rome from the Gauls in the 4th century BC.
Swedish variant of MAGNUS.
Irish form of MAGNUS.
Modern Irish form of MÁEL SECHLAINN.
MARCmFrench, Catalan, Welsh
French, Catalan and Welsh form of MARK.
MARCASmIrish, Scottish
Irish and Scottish form of MARK.
MARCELmFrench, Catalan, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Dutch, German
Form of MARCELLUS. A notable bearer was the French author Marcel Proust (1871-1922).
Polish form of MARCELLUS.
French form of MARCELLINUS.
Polish feminine form of MARCELLINUS.
French feminine form of MARCELLINUS.
Portuguese diminutive of MARCELO.
MARCELINOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of MARCELLINUS.
Hungarian form of MARCELLUS.
French feminine form of MARCELLUS.
French feminine diminutive of MARCELLUS.
French feminine form of MARCELLINUS.
Roman family name which was derived from MARCELLUS. Saint Marcellinus was a pope of the early 4th century who was supposedly martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
Italian form of MARCELLUS.
MARCELLUSmAncient Roman, German, Dutch
Roman family name which was originally a diminutive of MARCUS. This was the name of two popes.
MARCELOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of MARCELLUS.
Diminutive of MARCIA.
Portuguese form of MARCIA.
MARCIAfEnglish, Spanish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of MARCIUS. It was borne by a few very minor saints. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 18th century.
Spanish form of Martialis (see MARTIAL).
MARCIANOmPortuguese, Spanish, Italian
Portuguese, Spanish and Italian form of MARCIANUS.
MARCIANUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which was a derivative of the praenomen MARCUS. This was the name of a 5th-century Eastern Roman emperor. It was also borne by a 2nd-century saint: a bishop of Tortona, Italy.
Diminutive of MARCIA.
Polish form of MARTIN.
Portuguese form of MARCIUS.
Spanish form of MARCIUS.
MARCIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which was a derivative of the praenomen MARCUS. This was the name of an early, possibly legendary, king of Rome.
MARCOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch
Italian form of MARK. During the Middle Ages this name was common in Venice, where Saint Mark was supposedly buried. A famous bearer was the Venetian explorer Marco Polo, who travelled across Asia to China in the 13th century.
MARCOSmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of MARK.
MARCUSmAncient Roman, Biblical Latin, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Roman praenomen, or given name, which was probably derived from the name of the Roman god MARS. This was among the most popular of the Roman praenomina. Famous bearers include Marcus Tullius Cicero (known simply as Cicero), a 1st-century BC statesman and orator, Marcus Antonius (known as Mark Antony), a 1st-century BC politician, and Marcus Aurelius, a notable 2nd-century emperor. This was also the name of a pope of the 4th century. This spelling has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world, though the traditional English form Mark has been more common.
Diminutive of MARCIA.
Welsh form of MARGARET.
MAREKmPolish, Czech, Slovak
Polish, Czech and Slovak form of MARK.
MARENfDanish, Norwegian
Danish form of MARINA.
Estonian form of MARGARET.
Manx form of MARGARET.
MARGAREETAfFinnish (Rare)
Finnish variant form of MARGARET.
Derived from Latin Margarita, which was from Greek μαργαριτης (margarites) meaning "pearl", probably ultimately a borrowing from Sanskrit मञ्यरी (manyari). Saint Margaret, the patron of expectant mothers, was martyred at Antioch in the 4th century. Later legends told of her escape from a dragon, with which she was often depicted in medieval art. The saint was popular during the Middle Ages, and her name has been widely used in the Christian world.... [more]
MARGARÉTAfHungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of MARGARET.
German form of MARGARET.
MARGARETHAfDutch, German
Dutch and German form of MARGARET.
MARGARETHEfGerman, Danish
German and Danish form of MARGARET.
Latinate form of MARGARET.
Variant transcription of MARGARIT.
MARGARIDAfPortuguese, Galician, Catalan, Occitan
Portuguese, Galician, Catalan and Occitan form of MARGARET. This is also the Portuguese and Galician word for the daisy flower (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
Armenian form of MARGARET, also meaning "pearl" in Armenian.
MARGARITAfSpanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Greek, Late Roman
Latinate form of MARGARET. This is also a Latin word meaning "pearl" and a Spanish word meaning "daisy flower" (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
Variant of MARGOT influenced by the name of the wine-producing French town. It was borne by Margaux Hemingway (1954-1996), granddaughter of author Ernest Hemingway, who had it changed from Margot.
Diminutive of MARGARET.
Welsh form of MARGARET.
Medieval English form of MARGARET.
Cornish form of MARK.
Italian form of MARGARET. This is also the Italian word for the daisy flower (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
Diminutive of MARGARET.
MARGITfHungarian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Estonian, German
Hungarian and Scandinavian form of MARGARET.
Slovak form of MARGARET.
Variant of MARGOT.
French short form of MARGARET.
MARGREETfLimburgish, Dutch
Limburgish form of MARGARET and a Dutch variant of MARGRIET.
Icelandic form of MARGARET.
Norwegian form of MARGARET.
MARGRETHEfDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of MARGARET. This is the name of the current queen of Denmark (1940-).
Dutch form of MARGARET. This is also the Dutch word for the daisy flower (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
German variant form of MARGARET.
French form of MARGARET. This is also the French word for the daisy flower (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
MARIÁNmSlovak, Czech, Hungarian
Slovak, Czech and Hungarian form of MARIANUS.
MARIAN (2)mPolish, Czech, Romanian
Polish, Czech and Romanian form of MARIANUS. It is sometimes used as a masculine form of MARIA.
MARIANAfPortuguese, Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Ancient Roman
Roman feminine form of MARIANUS. After the classical era it was frequently interpreted as a combination of MARIA and ANA. In Portuguese it is further used as a form of MARIAMNE.
Contraction of MARÍA and ESTELA.
Combination of MARIA and ANGELA.
Spanish diminutive of MARIANA.
MARIANNAfItalian, English, Hungarian, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Greek
Combination of MARIA and ANNA. It has been confused with the Roman name MARIANA to the point that it is no longer easy to separate the two forms. It is sometimes also used as a Latinized form of MARIAMNE.
MARIANOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of MARIANUS. It is also used as a masculine form of MARIA.
MARIANUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name, which was itself derived from the Roman name MARIUS. This was the name of an early saint.
Contraction of MARÍA and CELIA.
Contraction of MARÍA and CRUZ.
MARIJANmCroatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene form of MARIANUS.
MARIJANAfCroatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian
Croatian, Serbian, Slovene and Macedonian form of MARIANA.
MARIJNm & fDutch
Dutch masculine and feminine form of MARINUS.
Croatian form of MARIUS.
Lithuanian feminine form of MARIANUS.
Lithuanian form of MARIUS.
MARIKAfCzech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian, Greek, Finnish, Estonian, Georgian
Diminutive of MARIA or other names beginning with Mari.
MARINmFrench, Romanian, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian
French, Romanian, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian and Macedonian form of MARINUS.
Either a diminutive of MARY or a variant of MIRANDA.
MARINEfFrench, Georgian
French and Georgian feminine form of MARINUS.
Croatian form of MARINELLA.
Diminutive of MARINA.
Diminutive of MÁRIO.
MARINKAfCroatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene diminutive of MARINA.
MARINKOmCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian diminutive of MARIN.
MARINOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of MARINUS.
Greek form of MARINUS.
MARINUSmAncient Roman, Dutch
From the Roman family name Marinus, which derives either from the name MARIUS or from the Latin word marinus "of the sea".
Portuguese form of MARIUS.
MARIOmItalian, Spanish, German, Croatian
Italian and Spanish form of MARIUS. Famous bearers include American race car driver Mario Andretti (1940-) and Canadian hockey player Mario Lemieux (1965-).
Greek form of MARIUS.
Combination of MARÍA and SOL (1) or SOLEDAD. It also resembles Spanish mar y sol "sea and sun".
MARISTELAfSpanish, Portuguese
From the title of the Virgin Mary, Stella Maris, meaning "star of the sea" in Latin. It can also be a combination of MARÍA and ESTELA.
Italian form of MARISTELA.
MARITfSwedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian form of MARGARET.
MARITA (2)fSwedish, Norwegian
Scandinavian form of MARGARET.
Sardinian form of MARIUS.
MARIUSmAncient Roman, Romanian, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, French
Roman family name which was derived either from MARS, the name of the Roman god of War, or else from the Latin root mas, maris meaning "male". Gaius Marius was a famous Roman consul of the 2nd century BC. Since the start of the Christian era, it has occasionally been used as a masculine form of MARIA.
Polish form of MARIUS.
Bulgarian form of MARIANUS.
Bulgarian variant of MARIANA.
MARJAN (2)mSlovene, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian
Slovene, Macedonian, Serbian and Croatian form of MARIANUS.
MARJANAfSlovene, Croatian
Slovene form of MARIANA.
Diminutive of MARJORIE.
Slovene form of MARGARET.
Medieval variant of MARGERY, influenced by the name of the herb marjoram. After the Middle Ages this name was rare, but it was revived at the end of the 19th century.
Hungarian form of MARK.
MARKmEnglish, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Biblical
Form of MARCUS. Saint Mark was the author of the second gospel in the New Testament. Though the author's identity is not certain, some traditions hold him to be the same person as the John Mark who appears in the Book of Acts. He is the patron saint of Venice, where he is supposedly buried. Though in use during the Middle Ages, Mark was not common in the English-speaking world until the 19th century, when it began to be used alongside the classical form Marcus.... [more]
Basque form of Martialis (see MARTIAL).
MARKÉTAfCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of MARGARET.
Finnish form of MARGARET.
Finnish form of MARK.
MARKOSmGreek, Ancient Greek, Biblical Greek
Greek form of Marcus (see MARK).
MARKUSmGerman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
German, Scandinavian and Finnish form of MARK.
Latvian form of MARK.
Danish short form of MARINA.
Variant of MARNIE.
Possibly a diminutive of MARINA. This name was brought to public attention by Alfred Hitchcock's movie 'Marnie' (1964), itself based on a 1961 novel by Winston Graham.
Portuguese diminutive of MARCOS.
MARSmRoman Mythology
Possibly related to Latin mas "male" (genitive maris). In Roman mythology Mars was the god of war, often equated with the Greek god Ares. This is also the name of the fourth planet in the solar system.
Scottish form of both MARJORIE and MARCELLA.
Variant of MARCIA.
From a surname which originally denoted a person who was a marshal. The word marshal originally derives from Germanic marah "horse" and scalc "servant".
Swedish short form of MARGARETA.
Swedish form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
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