Drucilla

Origin: Ancient Roman Meaning: a variant spelling of Drusilla, the feminine form of Drusus which is supposedly derived from the name of a Gallic chief killed by a Roman soldier, Drausus, possibly meaning “strong”. I’ve also seen it listed as being derived from Greek drosos meaning “dew”. I’ve also come across as it being derived from Celtic daru-…

Virginia

Origin: Ancient Roman Meaning: the feminine form of Roman Verginius or Virginius; though originally of unknown meaning it has long been associated with Latin virgo meaning “maid, virgin”. Virgie, Ginny and Gigi are diminutive forms of the name. Variants: Virginia; Virginie (French); Verginius, Virginius (Ancient Roman)

Titus

Origin: Ancient Roman Meaning: a Roman praenomen possibly related to Latin titulus meaning “title of honor” or titio “fire-brand”, though it’s more likely of pre-Roman origin since it belonged to a Sabine king, Titus Tatius, who co-ruled with Romulus for some years. Variants: Tita and Titia are feminine forms of the name.

Tatiana

Origin: Latin Meaning: the feminine form of Tatianus, a derivative of Tatius, of unknown meaning. Tatiana is a name mentioned once in Book 4 (The Miserable Mill), as a friend of the author Lemony Snicket. Tanya/Tania is a short form of the name. Variants: Tatyana (Russian); Tatjana (Finnish, German), Tatianna, Tatyanna (English); Tatianus (m); Tatienne…

Luciana

Origin: Latin Meaning: a feminine form of Latin Lucianus, from Roman praenomen Lucius meaning “light”. Variants: Luciano (m), Lucianus (m) Luciana is an alias Esmé Squalor uses in the 7th book (The Vile Village). Luciana can be pronounced as loo-CHAH-nah, loo-SYAH-nah, or loo-THYAH-nah.

Camilla

Origin: Latin, Etruscan Meaning: feminine form of Latin Camillus, a term referring to an acolyte, a youth employed in rituals and sacrifice of ancient Roman religion. Camilla is also the name of a warrior in the Aenead, whose name likely comes from Etruscan origin of unknown meaning. In the Aenead, Camilla was a member of…

Marcus, Markus

Origin: German, Scandinavian, Finnish, Ancient Roman, Norwegian, English, Swedish, Danish Meaning: Markus is the German, Scandinavian, and Finnish form of Mark, whichs comes from the Roman praenomen Marcus probably derived from Mars, which might come from Latin mas  meaning “male” (Behind the name). According to nameberry, it means “warlike”- probably because Mars was the Roman…

Rufus

Origin: Latin Meaning: from a Roman cognomen meaning “red-haired” Variants: Rufinian, Rufinianus, Rufinius, Rufinus

Roma

Рома (Russian) Origin: Russian, Italian Meaning: In Russian, it’s a diminutive form of the name Roman, which comes from Latin Romanus meaning “Roman”. It’s also the Italian name of the city of Rome; in ancient Roman mythology, Roma was the female personification of the city

Cornelius

Origin: Ancient Roman, English, Dutch, German Meaning: horn Cornelia is the feminine form of the name

Cato, Kato

Origin: Ancient Roman, Dutch, Hungarian, Japanese, African, Eastern African (Luganda), Ganda Meaning: wise; “pure, chaste” or “each of the two; singly”; “torture” or “my consecration of your name”; “add/increase” + “wisteria”; “second of twins” In Latin, Cato means wise and is the name of several Roman figures. It’s also the short of feminine names Catharina…

Romulus

Origin: Latin Meaning: of Rome Variants: Romolo (male, Italian); Romola (female, Italian)

Marius

Origin: Roman, Romanian, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, French, English Meaning: comes from either the Roman god of war, Mars, meaning “male” or comes from Latin word mare meaning “sea”

Nero

Origin: Ancient Roman, Italian Meaning: from Roman cognomen meaning “strong, vigorous”; also a short form of Italian Raniero, which means “advice, army”

Maxima

Origin: Ancient Roman Meaning: feminine form of Maximus, meaning “greatest”

Horatio

Origin: Ancient Roman Meaning: hour, time Variants: Horatius, Horace, Orazio (Italian), Horacio (Spanish), Horatia (feminine)

Cassius

Origin: Ancient Roman, English Meaning: empty, vain Cassius has two different pronunciations: Ca-si-us with the “s” pronounced, or Cash-us.

Vesta, Hestia

Origin: Roman; Greek Meaning: hearth, fireside Gender: Female Vesta is the Roman form of the Greek Hestia, both of them being the goddesses of the hearth

Aquilina

Origin: Roman Meaning: Eagle Variants: Akilina, Akulina (both Russian) Gender: Female Aquilina is the feminine form of Aquila, which means eagle. I was going to do both Aquila and Aquilina in the same post but decided not to.

Aquila, Aquilinus

Origin: Ancient Roman Meaning: eagle Variants: Aquilo Gender: Male Aquila is the brother of Attila in my story. Originally a male name, a lot of people would consider it a female name because of the a ending (although I don’t). So this name could be considered unisex although there is a feminine form of Aquila,…