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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Icelandic feminine form of PAUL.
Albanian form of PAUL.
PÁLLmIcelandic, Faroese
Icelandic and Faroese form of PAUL.
Danish diminutive of PAUL.
From an English surname meaning "pilgrim". It is ultimately from Latin palma "palm tree", since pilgrims to the Holy Land often brought back palm fronds as proof of their journey.
Means "pilgrim" in Italian. In medieval times it denoted one who had been a pilgrim to Palestine. It is ultimately from the word palma meaning "palm tree", because of the custom of pilgrims to bring palm fronds home with them. The name is sometimes given to a child born on Palm Sunday.
Spanish diminutive of FRANCISCO. This name was borne by Pancho Villa (1878-1923), a Mexican bandit and revolutionary.
Breton form of PAUL.
PAOLAfItalian, Spanish
Italian feminine form of PAUL.
Italian feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
Italian form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
Italian form of Paulus (see PAUL). Paolo Uccello and Paolo Veronese were both Italian Renaissance painters.
Maori form of PAUL.
Diminutive of FRANCISCA.
Diminutive of FRANCISCO.
PARNELfEnglish (Archaic)
Contracted form of PETRONEL. In the later Middle Ages it became a slang term for a promiscuous woman, and the name subsequently fell out of use.
PASCALmFrench, German, Dutch
From the Late Latin name Paschalis, which meant "relating to Easter" from Latin Pascha "Easter", which was in turn from Hebrew פֶּסַח (pesach) meaning "Passover". Passover is the ancient Hebrew holiday celebrating the liberation from Egypt. Because it coincided closely with the later Christian holiday of Easter, the same Latin word was used for both. The name Pascal can also function as a surname, as in the case of Blaise Pascal, the French philosopher, mathematician and inventor.
Feminine form of PASCAL.
Feminine form of PASCAL.
Variant of Paschalis (see PASCAL). Paschal or Paschalis was the name of two popes.
PASCHALISmLate Roman, Greek
Latin and Greek form of PASCAL.
Cornish form of PASCAL.
Spanish form of PASCAL.
Spanish feminine form of PASCAL.
Diminutive of PAVEL.
PAŠKALmCroatian (Rare)
Croatian form of PASCAL.
PASKALmBulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of PASCAL.
Croatian form of PASCAL.
Italian form of PASCAL.
Italian feminine form of PASCAL.
PASTORmSpanish, Late Roman
From a Late Latin name meaning "shepherd". This was the name of at least three saints.
Feminine form of PASTOR.
PATm & fEnglish
Short form of PATRICK or PATRICIA. A famous bearer of this name was Pat Garrett (1850-1908), the sheriff who shot Billy the Kid.
Maori form of PATRICK.
PATEmMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of PATRICK.
PATRICE (1)mFrench
French form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRÍCIAfSlovak, Portuguese, Hungarian
Slovak, Portuguese and Hungarian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRICIAfEnglish, Spanish, German, Late Roman
Feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK). In medieval England this spelling appears in Latin documents, but this form was probably not used as the actual name until the 18th century, in Scotland.
Czech feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRICIJAfSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
Portuguese form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
Spanish form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
Original Latin form of PATRICK.
PATRICKmIrish, English, French, German
From the Latin name Patricius, which meant "nobleman". This name was adopted in the 5th-century by Saint Patrick, whose birth name was Sucat. He was a Romanized Briton who was captured and enslaved in his youth by Irish raiders. After six years of servitude he escaped home, but he eventually became a bishop and went back to Ireland as a missionary. He is traditionally credited with Christianizing the island, and is regarded as Ireland's patron saint.... [more]
PATRIKmSwedish, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Hungarian
Form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
Italian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
Italian form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
Polish feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
Polish form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATSYf & mEnglish, Irish
Variant of PATTY, also used as a diminutive of PATRICK.
Variant of PATTY.
Variant of PATTY.
PATTONmEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from a diminutive of PATRICK. A notable bearer of the surname was the American World War II general George S. Patton (1885-1945), who played an important part in the allied offensive in France.
Originally a variant of Matty, a 17th-century diminutive of MARTHA. It is now commonly used as a diminutive of PATRICIA.
Basque form of FRANCIS.
PAUmCatalan, Occitan
Catalan and Occitan form of PAUL. It also coincides with the Catalan word for "peace".
PAULmEnglish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Biblical
From the Roman family name Paulus, which meant "small" or "humble" in Latin. Paul was an important leader of the early Christian church. According to Acts in the New Testament, he was a Jewish Roman citizen who converted to Christianity after the resurrected Jesus appeared to him. After this he travelled the eastern Mediterranean as a missionary. His original Hebrew name was Saul. Many of the epistles in the New Testament were authored by him.... [more]
Sardinian feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULAfGerman, English, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Croatian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL). This was the name of a 4th-century Roman saint who was a companion of Saint Jerome.
French feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
Latinate feminine diminutive of PAUL.
French feminine diminutive of PAUL.
Finnish form of PAUL.
Diminutive of PAUL.
Dutch feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
Finnish form of PAULINA.
Slovak form of PAULINA.
PAULINEfFrench, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
French feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
Portuguese diminutive of PAULA.
Portuguese diminutive of PAULO.
PAULINOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of the Roman family name Paulinus, which was itself derived from Paulus (see PAUL). Saint Paulinus of Nola was a 5th-century nobleman from Gaul who gave up his wealthy lifestyle and became bishop of Nola. He was also noted for his poetry. Another saint by this name was a 7th-century missionary to England who became the first bishop of York.
PAULINUSmAncient Roman
Original Latin form of PAULINO.
Lithuanian form of PAUL.
Esperanto form of PAUL.
PAULOmPortuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAULOSmBiblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of PAUL.
Sardinian form of Paulus (see PAUL).
Corsican form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAUWELmDutch (Archaic)
Dutch (Flemish) form of PAUL.
Croatian form of PAUL.
PAVELmRussian, Czech, Bulgarian, Slovene, Macedonian
Russian, Czech, Bulgarian, Slovene and Macedonian form of PAUL.
PAVELUmOld Church Slavic
Old Slavic form of PAULUS.
Croatian diminutive of PAULA.
Latvian form of PAUL.
Czech feminine form of PAUL.
PAVLEmSerbian, Macedonian, Croatian, Georgian
Serbian, Macedonian, Croatian and Georgian form of PAUL.
Albanian form of PAUL.
Czech form of PAULINA.
PAVLINAfBulgarian, Macedonian, Greek
Bulgarian, Macedonian and Greek form of PAULINA.
Ukrainian form of PAUL.
Greek form of PAUL.
Croatian short form of PAVAO.
Slovak form of PAUL.
Polish form of PAUL.
PAXfRoman Mythology
Means "peace" in Latin. In Roman mythology this was the name of the goddess of peace.
PAZ (1)fSpanish
Means "peace" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de la Paz, meaning "Our Lady of Peace".
From the English word pearl for the concretions formed in the shells of some mollusks, ultimately from Late Latin perla. Like other gemstone names, it has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century. The pearl is the birthstone for June, and it supposedly imparts health and wealth.
Variant of PEARL.
Diminutive of PEARL.
Short form of PEGGY.
Variant of PEGGY.
Medieval variant of Meggy, a diminutive of MARGARET. The reason for the change in the initial consonant is unknown.
Scottish diminutive of MARGARET.
Italian form of Peregrinus (see PEREGRINE).
Hawaiian form of BEN (1).
Finnish form of BENEDICT.
PEREGRINEmEnglish (Rare)
From the Late Latin name Peregrinus, which meant "traveller". This was the name of several early saints.
Variant of PERLE.
PERLAfItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of PEARL.
PERLEfFrench, Yiddish
French and Yiddish cognate of PEARL. It is also used as a Yiddish vernacular form of Margaret.
PERLITAfItalian, Spanish
Diminutive of PERLA.
Swedish short form of PETRONILLA.
PERNILLEfDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian short form of PETRONILLA.
PERPETUAfSpanish (Rare), Late Roman
Derived from Latin perpetuus meaning "continuous". This was the name of a 3rd-century saint martyred with another woman named Felicity.
Possibly a feminine form of PETRONIUS.
PETRONELfEnglish (Archaic)
Medieval English form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONELAfRomanian, Slovak, Polish
Romanian, Slovak and Polish form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONELLAfDutch, Swedish
Dutch and Swedish form of PETRONILLA.
PETRONILLAfItalian, Late Roman
From a Latin name, a diminutive of Petronia, the feminine form of PETRONIUS. This was the name of an obscure 1st-century Roman saint, later believed to be a daughter of Saint Peter.
PETRONIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which is possibly derived from Latin petro, petronis "yokel".
PHELIXmBiblical Greek
Form of FELIX used in the Greek New Testament.
Manx form of PATRICK.
PHESTOSmBiblical Greek
Form of FESTUS used in the Greek New Testament.
Spanish feminine form of PIUS.
PIIAfFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of PIA.
Spanish form of PIUS.
PIOmItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of PIUS.
Diminutive of PIROSKA.
Hungarian form of PRISCA, influenced by the Hungarian word piros meaning "red".
PIUSmLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "pious, dutiful". This was the name of twelve popes.
PLACIDmEnglish (Rare)
English form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLACIDAfLate Roman, Italian
Feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLACIDEm & fFrench
French masculine and feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLÁCIDOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
Italian form of the Late Latin name Placidus which meant "quiet, calm".
Portuguese form of Plinius (see PLINY).
PLINIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Plinius (see PLINY).
PLINIUSmAncient Roman
Original Latin form of PLINY.
From the Roman family name Plinius, which is of unknown meaning. Two 1st-century Romans are known by this name: Gaius Plinius Secundus (called Pliny the Elder), a scientist and historian who died during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius; and Caius Plinius Caecilius Secundus (called Pliny the Younger), an author and statesman.
Armenian form of PAUL.
Irish form of PAUL.
Scottish form of PAUL.
Catalan form of PAUL.
POLINAfRussian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek
Either a Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Greek form of PAULINA or a short form of APOLLINARIYA.
Diminutive of POLINA.
POMONAfRoman Mythology
From Latin pomus "fruit tree". This was the name of the Roman goddess of fruit trees.
Italian form of Pompeius (see POMPEY).
Modern form of the Roman family name Pompeius, which was probably derived from a Sabellic word meaning "five". A notable bearer was the 1st-century BC Roman general Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, also known as Pompey the Great.
Romanian form of the Roman name Pompilius which is of unknown meaning, possibly a derivative of Pompeius (see POMPEY). Numa Pompilius was the legendary second king of Rome (after Romulus).
POMPONIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which is of unknown meaning, possibly a derivative of Pompeius (see POMPEY).
Spanish form of PONTIUS.
PONSmFrench (Rare)
French form of PONTIUS.
PONTIUSmAncient Roman, Biblical Latin, Biblical
Roman family name. The family had Samnite roots so the name probably originated from the Oscan language, likely meaning "fifth" (a cognate of Latin Quintus). Alternatively, it could be derived from the name of the ancient province of Pontus in Asia Minor, itself probably from Greek ποντος (pontos) "sea". A notable bearer of this name was Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea who appears in the New Testament.
PONTUSmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of PONTIUS.
Italian form of PONTIUS.
PORCIAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of PORCIUS.
PORCIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name meaning "pig", derived from Latin porcus. Famous members of the family include the Roman statesmen Cato the Elder (Marcus Porcius Cato) and his great-grandson Cato the Younger (Marcus Porcius Cato Uticencis).
Variant of Porcia, the feminine form of the Roman family name PORCIUS, used by William Shakespeare for the heroine of his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596). In the play Portia is a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to defend Antonio in court. It is also the name of a moon of Uranus, after the Shakespearian character.
Danish form of PAUL.
Lithuanian form of FRANCIS.
PRIMITIVAfSpanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of PRIMITIVUS. Saint Primitiva was an early martyr from Rome.
Spanish form of PRIMITIVUS.
Late Latin name which meant "first formed". Saint Primitivus was a 3rd-century Spanish martyr.
Italian form of the Late Latin name Primus, which meant "first". This was the name of three early saints, each of whom were martyred.
Slovene form of Primus (see PRIMO).
PRIMUSmLate Roman
Latin form of PRIMO.
From the English word prince, a royal title, which comes ultimately from Latin princeps. This name was borne by the American musician Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-2016), who is known simply as Prince.
PRINCESSfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine equivalent of PRINCE.
Short form of PRISCILLA.
PRISCAfBiblical, Dutch, Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin
Feminine form of Priscus, a Roman family name which meant "ancient" in Latin. This name appears in the epistles in the New Testament, referring to Priscilla the wife of Aquila.
PRISCILAfPortuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of PRISCILLA.
PRISCILLAfEnglish, Italian, French, Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin, Biblical
Roman name, a diminutive of PRISCA. In Acts in the New Testament Paul lived with Priscilla (also known as Prisca) and her husband Aquila in Corinth for a while. It has been used as an English given name since the Protestant Reformation, being popular with the Puritans. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used it in his poem 'The Courtship of Miles Standish' (1858).
French form of PRISCILLA.
PRISCUSmAncient Roman
Masculine form of PRISCA.
PRISKAfGerman, Biblical Greek
German form of PRISCA, as well as the form used in the Greek New Testament.
PRISKILLAfBiblical Greek
Form of PRISCILLA used in the Greek New Testament.
Diminutive of PRISCILLA.
Irish form of FRANCIS.
PROSERPINAfRoman Mythology
Means "to emerge" in Latin. She was the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Persephone.
PROSPERmFrench, English
From the Latin name Prosperus, which meant "fortunate, successful". This was the name of a 5th-century saint, a supporter of Saint Augustine. It has never been common as an English name, though the Puritans used it, partly because it is identical to the English word prosper.
Italian form of PROSPER. This was the name of the shipwrecked magician in 'The Tempest' (1611) by Shakespeare.
Short form of PRUDENCE.
PRUDENCEf & mEnglish, French
Medieval English form of Prudentia, the feminine form of PRUDENTIUS. In France it is both the feminine form and a rare masculine form. In England it was used during the Middle Ages and was revived in the 17th century by the Puritans, in part from the English word prudence, ultimately of the same source.
Spanish feminine form of PRUDENTIUS.
Spanish form of PRUDENTIUS.
Late Latin name derived from prudens "prudence, good judgement". This was the name of a 9th-century bishop of Troyes. He is considered a local saint there.
Italian form of PRUDENTIUS.
Short form of PRUDENCE.
PUBLIUSmAncient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "public" in Latin. This was among the more common of the Roman praenomina, being borne by (among others) the emperor Hadrian and the poet Virgil.
QUENTINmFrench, English
French form of the Roman name QUINTINUS. It was borne by a 3rd-century saint, a missionary who was martyred in Gaul. The Normans introduced this name to England. In America it was brought to public attention by president Theodore Roosevelt's son Quentin Roosevelt (1897-1918), who was killed in World War I.
From a surname which was derived (via the place name CUINCHY) from the personal name QUINTIUS. A famous bearer was John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth president of the United States, who was born in the town of Quincy, Massachusetts.
QUINTELLAfEnglish (Rare)
Feminine diminutive of QUINTUS.
QUINTENmEnglish, Dutch
Variant and Dutch form of QUENTIN.
From the Roman cognomen Quintilianus, which was itself derived from the Roman name QUINTILLUS. A notable bearer was the 1st-century rhetorician Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, simply known as Quintilian in English.
Original Latin form of QUINTILIAN.
QUINTILLUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen derived from the given name QUINTUS.
QUINTINOmItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of QUINTINUS.
QUINTINUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was originally derived from QUINTUS.
QUINTIUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen derived from the given name QUINTUS.
Italian form of QUINTUS.
Variant of QUENTIN, also coinciding with an English surname meaning "queen's town" in Old English.
QUINTUSmAncient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "fifth" in Latin. It was traditionally given to the fifth child, or possibly a child born in the fifth month. This was a common praenomen, being more popular than the other numeric Roman names. A notable bearer was the poet Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus).
Dutch form of QUIRINUS.
German form of QUIRINUS.
QUIRINAfLate Roman
Feminine form of QUIRINUS.
QUIRINOmItalian, Portuguese, Spanish
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of QUIRINUS.
QUIRINUSmRoman Mythology, Late Roman
Possibly derived from the Sabine word quiris meaning "spear". Quirinus was a Sabine and Roman god who was later identified with Mars. The name was also borne by several early saints.
Variant transcription of RAYNA (1).
RAINEf & mEnglish (Rare)
Possibly based on the French word reine meaning "queen". A famous bearer is the British socialite Raine Spencer (1929-), the stepmother of Princess Diana. In modern times it can also be used as a variant of RAIN (1) or a short form of LORRAINE.
RAISA (2)fYiddish
Means "rose" in Yiddish.
Diminutive of RAISA (2).
RANDI (1)fEnglish
Diminutive of MIRANDA.
RANDYm & fEnglish
RANSUmFinnish (Rare)
Finnish form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
RAYNA (1)fBulgarian
Either a Bulgarian form of REGINA or a feminine form of RAYNO.
REENIEfEnglish (Rare)
Either a variant of RENÉE or a diminutive of names ending in reen.
Finnish short form of MARGARET.
Finnish short form of MARGARET.
REGANAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaboration of REGAN, influenced by REGINA.
Variant of REGINA.
REGINAfEnglish, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Lithuanian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman
Means "queen" in Latin (or Italian). It was in use as a Christian name from early times, and was borne by a 2nd-century saint. In England it was used during the Middle Ages in honour of the Virgin Mary, and it was later revived in the 19th century. A city in Canada bears this name, in honour of Queen Victoria.
French form of REGINA.
REGINEfGerman, Norwegian
German and Norwegian form of REGINA.
REGULAfGerman (Swiss), Late Roman
Means "rule" in Latin. This was the name of a 3rd-century Swiss martyr, the patron saint of Zurich.
RÉGULOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of REGULUS.
REGULUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen meaning "prince, little king", a diminutive of Latin rex "king". This was the cognomen of several 3rd-century BC consuls from the gens Atilia. It was also the name of several early saints. A star in the constellation Leo bears this name as well.
REINA (1)fSpanish
Means "queen" in Spanish.
Means "remedies" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, meaning "Our Lady of the Remedies".
Means "remedy" in Catalan, a Catalan equivalent of REMEDIOS.
Variant of RÉMY.
REMIGIOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Remigius (see RÉMY).
Latin form of RÉMY.
Polish form of Remigius (see RÉMY).
Italian form of REMUS.
REMUSmRoman Mythology, Romanian
Meaning unknown. In Roman legend Romulus and Remus were the founders of Rome. Remus was later slain by Romulus.
French form of the Latin name Remigius, which was derived from Latin remigis "oarsman". Saint Rémy was a 5th-century bishop who converted and baptized Clovis, king of the Franks.
Latinate feminine form of RENÉ.
English variant of RENÉE.
Russian form of RENATUS. In some cases Communist parents may have bestowed it as an acronym of революсия наука техника (revolyusiya nauka tekhnika) meaning "revolution, science, technics" or революсия наука труд (revolyusiya nauka trud) meaning "revolution, science, labour".
RENÁTAfHungarian, Czech, Slovak
Hungarian, Czech and Slovak feminine form of RENATUS.
RENATEfGerman, Dutch, Norwegian
German, Dutch and Norwegian feminine form of RENATUS.
RENATOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, Croatian
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RENATUS.
RENATUSmLate Roman
Late Latin name meaning "born again".
RENEm & fEnglish
English form of RENÉ or RENÉE.
RENÉmFrench, German, Spanish, Slovak, Czech
French form of RENATUS. A famous bearer was the French mathematician and rationalist philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650).
RENÉEfFrench, Dutch
French feminine form of RENÉ.
English form of RENÉE.
Polish diminutive of RENATA.
RENIEfEnglish (Rare)
Possibly a diminutive of RENEE.
Probably a feminine form of RENATUS. It came into use during the 1950s.
Short form of LAURENS or EMERENS.
Short form of LORENZA.
From Latin rex "king". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century.
REXANNEfEnglish (Rare)
Variant of ROXANE influenced by REX.
REYESf & mSpanish
Means "kings" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, La Virgen de los Reyes, meaning "The Virgin of the Kings". According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to King Ferdinand III of Castile and told him his armies would defeat those of the Moors in Seville.
RIEN (2)mDutch
Dutch short form of MARINUS.
RINA (1)fItalian, Dutch
Short form of CATERINA or CATHARINA as well as other names ending in rina.
RINAT (1)mTatar, Bashkir
Tatar and Bashkir form of RENAT.
RINIm & fDutch
Short form of names ending in rino.
Short form of MARINUS.
RINYm & fDutch
RITAfItalian, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of MARGHERITA and other names ending in rita. A famous bearer was American actress Rita Hayworth (1918-1987).
Irish cognate of ROSE.
Diminutive of RÓIS.
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