160 Roman Baby Names With Meanings

Roman names are topping the popular baby name list, partly because of “The Hunger Games”, a scintillating book that features Roman names for its majority of male characters and partly because of the HBO series, called “Rome”. But Roman names were not always the same. Over the span of 14 centuries, Rome has adopted a nomenclature that’s quite different from what’s used by other European cultures and countries. In the earlier times, Romans used just a single name, which later developed into praenomen. It was picked by the baby’s parents and was bestowed on the “day of lustration”, a ritual performed on the eighth day of the birth of a baby girl and on the ninth day of the birth of a baby boy. The name choice was governed by the family’s custom and tradition. The eldest son was named after the father, while the younger ones were named after the father’s brothers and other male ancestors. This way, the same name or praenomen was passed down from generation to generation. For the surname or last name, a cognomen or the family name or branch of the tribe was used.

The convention has changed considerably now. Parents can pick any first name they like for their bundle of joy. The last name is usually a family name, carried down the generation. Have a look at MomJunction's list of Roman baby names with meanings below!

AdrianWater, or a sea of waterBoy
AngelA messengerBoy
AnthonyThey are unique, priceless flower and a Roman clan nameBoy
AuroraA Roman Goddess; wonderful dawn and breezyGirl
CharlesVariant of Karl; braveBoy
DominicBelonging to the all-mighty.Boy
Emilya name that often signifies a hardwroking, dilligent and an industrious person.Girl
GraceGrace, which means decency with a special beauty.Girl
JohnEldest son of Saul,God is Benevolent,merciful and graciousBoy
JuliaLatin - Jupiter's Child; Julia is Youthful, DownyGirl
JulianLatin - Jupiter's Child; Downy; Julian is YouthfulBoy
KatherineKatherine is a Greek name and means PureGirl
LincolnSettlement by the lakeBoy
LucyEnglish variation of Lucia, meaning lightGirl
MayaUncertain; Perhaps Mother or Great One; Illusion; Imaginative; MagicalGirl
MelanieOld Greek - Black; Dark; Dark-Skinned; A variant spelling is MelaneyGirl
MeleHawaiian - One who is happy; MerryBoy
MichaelOne of the seven archangels of the GodBoy
OwenA well born, young warrior; noble birthBoy
VictoriaVictory, conquerGirl
AciliaThe women of fire, one who is made of fireGirl
AegidiusA young goat, or a shield from young goat skinBoy
AeliaThe female form or Aelius; SunGirl
AelliusThe sun, name of Roman emperor HandrianBoy
AemiliaExcel or emulate like sunGirl
AemilieEstonian form of Emily. It means work.Girl
AerthirnFrom the royal Roman clanBoy
AgrippaRoman cognomen of unknown meaningGirl
AmabilisBeautiful, loving people who are spontaneous and happy-go-luckyUnisex
AntooniaEstonian form of Antonia. It means highly praiseworthy.Girl
AugustuSicilian form of Augustus, meaning venerable.Boy
AuravGod of Dawn; Goddess of DawnBoy
AureliuA form of Aurelius, meaning golden or gilded.Boy
Barboraform of Barbara used in Czech and SlovakGirl
BarbroForeign, OverseasBoy
CaiuA form of Caius, meaning to rejoice.Boy
CajusHe will rejoiceBoy
CarinuSicilian form of Carinus, meaning dear or beloved.Boy
CeresGoddess of growth and agricultureGirl
CessilyIt means blind; they are the sixth oneGirl
CessyThe one who is blindUnisex
CezarThey are hairyBoy
CilistinuSicilian form of Caelestinus. It means of the sky or heavenly.Boy
CiprianA martyr and a bishop under the emperor ValerianBoy
ClaritiaBright, attention gainer and clearGirl
ClaudiuOne who is lame; cannot walk; one whose legs are crippledBoy
ClaudiusOne who is crippled; disabled; handicapped; unable to walkBoy
CloruSicilian form of Chlorus, meaning pale green.Boy
CodrutHailing from a forest in Romania; in a romanian forestBoy
ColumbaDove, a bird resembling pigeon and a symbol for peaceUnisex
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