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When In Rome... Consider These 95+ Classic Roman Names

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Friends, Romans, Scary Mommy Readers: Lend us your ears. (Or your eyes, if you’re reading this.) If you’ve got a new baby on the way, but are stumped when it comes to names, allow us to humbly suggest a baby name from the city behind one of the greatest empires in human civilization: Rome.

We know what you’re thinking, and no, Roman names aren’t simply Italian names — many are in Latin, making them sound strong and timeless. Plus, Roman names call to mind the mighty Roman Empire, which lasted from 27 B.C.E. — AD 476 and extended across most of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia.

If you’ve ever been to Rome (or at least seen pictures), then you already know that Romans were quite the architects and engineers, coming up with structural innovations like aqueducts, arches, concrete, and paved roads. In addition, ancient Romans also gave the world welfare, newspapers, bound books, the Julian calendar, and battlefield surgery.

In case you’re unsure about plucking a semi-obscure name from Roman times, know that plenty of modern people are looking to the ancient world for baby name inspiration, including Greek god and goddess names, old Wiccan names, wild wolf names from global folklore, Viking names, Mayan names, and Aztec names.

But why take your cues from other people — be a trendsetter! And do you know who the original trendsetters were? That’s right: the Romans. So take your time, and enjoy perusing these Roman names for girls and boys, and others that are gender neutral, along with their origins and meanings.

Roman Names for Girls

  1. Alba

Origin: Latin Meaning: Bright

  1. Antonia

Origin: Latin Meaning: Priceless one

  1. Aurelia

Origin: Latin Meaning: The golden one

  1. Bellona

Origin: Latin Meaning: Goddess of war

  1. Cardea

Origin: Latin Meaning: Roman goddess of change

  1. Cassia

Origin: Greek Meaning: Cinnamon

  1. Cecelia

Origin: Latin Meaning: Blind

  1. Decima

Origin: Latin Meaning: Tenth

  1. Faustina

Origin: Latin Meaning: Lucky

  1. Gaia

Origin: Greek Meaning: Earth mother

  1. Julia

Origin: Latin Meaning: Youthful

  1. Junia

Origin: Latin Meaning: Born in June

  1. Liviana

Origin: Latin Meaning: To envy

  1. Marilla

Origin: Latin Meaning: Shining sea

  1. Mila

Origin: Slavic Meaning: Gracious

  1. Minerva

Origin: Latin Meaning: Goddess of wisdom

  1. Octavia

Origin: Latin Meaning: Eighth

  1. Varinia

Origin: Latin Meaning: Obscure

  1. Vesta

Origin: Latin Meaning: Goddess of love

  1. Vita

Origin: Latin Meaning: Life

Roman Names for Boys

  1. Atticus

Origin: Latin Meaning: From Attica

  1. Augustus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Great

  1. Aurelius

Origin: Latin Meaning: The golden one

  1. Avitus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Ancestral

  1. Conan

Origin: Latin Meaning: Little wolf

  1. Felix

Origin: Latino Meaning: Happy

  1. Cassius

Origin: Latin Meaning: Hollow

  1. Cornelius

Origin: Latin Meaning: Horn

  1. Jovian

Origin: Latin Meaning: Sky father

  1. Julius

Origin: Latin Meaning: Youthful

  1. Logan

Origin: Latin Meaning: Little hollow

  1. Magnus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Greatest

  1. Marcus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Warlike

  1. Maximus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Greatest

  1. Regulus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Prince

  1. Romulus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Citizen of Rome

  1. Ronan

Origin: Latin Meaning: Little seal

  1. Rufus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Red-headed

  1. Septimus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Seventh son

  1. Silas

Origin: Latin Meaning: Forest

  1. Urban

Origin: Latin Meaning: Of the city

Gender-Neutral Roman Names

  1. Achaea

Origin: Latin Meaning: A Roman province

  1. Amor

Origin: Latin Meaning: Love

  1. Carus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Beloved

  1. Cato

Origin: Latin Meaning: All-knowing

  1. Cicero

Origin: Latin Meaning: Chickpea

  1. Cyprian

Origin: Greek Meaning: Person from Cyprus

  1. Festus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Holiday

  1. Galeo

Origin: Latin Meaning: Helmut

  1. Lucius

Origin: Latin Meaning: Light

  1. Nero

Origin: Latin Meaning: Stern

  1. Pax

Origin: Latin Meaning: Peace

  1. Quintus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Fifth

  1. Ralla

Origin: Latin Meaning: Tunic made of fine fabric

  1. Rayan

Origin: Latin Meaning: Watered

  1. Roan

Origin: Latin Meaning: Raven

  1. Robin

Origin: Latin Meaning: Bright fame

  1. Seneca

Origin: Latin Meaning: People of the standing rock

  1. Tanaquil

Origin: Latin Meaning: Gift of God

  1. Valerian

Origin: Latin Meaning: Be strong

  1. Zeno

Origin: Latin Meaning: Sky

More Roman Names

  1. Saanvi

Origin: Sanskrit Meaning: “One who will be followed”

  1. Shanaya

Origin: Hebrew Meaning: Eminent, distinguished, born on a Saturday

  1. Shreenika

Origin: Hebrew Meaning: Night

  1. Samaira

Origin: Hebrew Meaning: Enchanting, protected by God, guardian

  1. Sara

Origin: Arabic Meaning: Unique, a woman who is pure and holy

  1. Saisha

Origin: Sanskrit Meaning: Truth of life

  1. Siya

Origin: Arabic Meaning: White moonlight, a handsome woman, candied sugar

  1. Saanvika

Origin: Sanskrit Meaning: Goddess Lakshmi, one who will be followed

More Roman Names for Boys

  1. Aelius

Origin: Greek Meaning: Sun

  1. Aetius

Origin: Greek Meaning: Eagle

  1. Albus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Bright

  1. Appius

Origin: Latin Meaning: Unknown

  1. Blandus

Origin: Italian/Spanish Meaning: Charming

  1. Brutus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Heavy

  1. Caelius

Origin: Latin Meaning: Heaven

  1. Celsus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Tall

  1. Crispus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Curly-haired

  1. Decimus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Tenth

  1. Drusus

Origin: Celtic Meaning: Strong

  1. Fabius

Origin: Latin Meaning: Bean

  1. Faustus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Lucky

  1. Germanus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Brother

  1. Manius

Origin: Latin Meaning: Good

  1. Nonus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Ninth

  1. Octavius

Origin: Latin Meaning: Eighth

  1. Pontius

Origin: Latin Meaning: Fifth

  1. Vitus

Origin: Latin Meaning: Life

More Roman Names for Girls

  1. Aelia

Origin: Greek Meaning: Sun

  1. Albina

Origin: Latin Meaning: Derives from the Saint Albinus

  1. Aquila

Origin: Latin Meaning: Eagle

  1. Augusta

Origin: Latin Meaning: Great

  1. Balbina

Origin: Polish Meaning: Feminine form of Balbinus, “little stutterer”

  1. Camilla

Origin: Latin Meaning: Beauty

  1. Claudia

Origin: Latin Meaning: Lame

  1. Fabia

Origin: Italian Meaning: Bean farmer, grower

  1. Flavia

Origin: Latin Meaning: Golden-haired, yellow hair

  1. Hadriana

Origin: Latin Meaning: Lucky, successful

  1. Herminia

Origin: Latin Meaning: Messenger, earthly

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