Back in 2000, the movie Gladiator was released. It was a big hit in the U.S., and it inspired many parents to name their sons after the main character, Maximus.
Several years later, the name Atticus--which most people are familiar with through the book To Kill a Mockingbird--started becoming more and more popular as a baby name.
First Maximus, then Atticus...will this kick off an "-us" trend in the U.S.?
If you like the sound of these two names but want something different, here are some other names of Greek and Roman origin with that same "-us" ending.
Let's start with the most familiar. Here are "-us" names that are currently among the top 1,000 boy names: Marcus, Julius, Darius, Titus, Cyrus, Demetrius, Justus, Augustus and Cassius.
Next, let's look at names that are still in use in the U.S., but not quite as popular (that is, outside of the top 1,000): Thaddeus, Cornelius, Lucius, Magnus, Linus, Marcellus, Lazarus, Marius, Octavius, Caius, Amadeus, Ignatius, Rufus, Tiberius, Gaius, Vinicius, Theophilus, Junius, Antonius and Pius.
Finally, here are some "-us" names that are extremely rare. If you want a truly unique name, these are the names that will interest you:
Anastasius, Amandus, Amatus, Acacius Camillus, Calixtus
Callistus, Clementus, Cyriacus, Claudius, Cyrillus, Decimus
Delphinus, Dominicus, Donatus, Damianus, Eutropius, Evaristus
Fabius, Gabinus, Gennadius, Georgius, Horatius, Honorius
Herodotus, Hieronymus, Isidorus, Ireneus, Junius, Jacobus
Livius, Lucretius, Leonius, Laurus, Leontius, Lycurgys
Marinus, Maurus, Methodius, Narcissus, Nazarius, Nereus
Placidus, Paulus, Pelagius, Phaedrus, Quintus, Remigius
Renatus, Romulus, Remus, Romanus, Sabinus, Sergius
Sidonius, Silvius, Thracius, Theodosius, Theodoros, Theodotus
Timotheus, Ursus, Valerius, Vivianus, Zosimus, Zoticus
Are there any other Greek or Roman "-us" names that you've come across recently? I've love to hear about them -- please let me know!
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