Baby Names Inspired by Greek and Roman Mythology

The Influence of Modern TV and Movies

In the last several years, modern television and film have adapted many classic stories to new mediums and created new stories based on old heroes.

Lucius from HBO's Rome

Julius from HBO's Rome

Maximus from Gladiator

Ashur from Starz's Spartacus

Quintus from Centurion

Ariadne from Pompeii

Leonidas from The 300

Achilles from Troy

Hector from Troy

Most Popular Gladiator Names

Name Relative Popularity
Marcus 234k
Julius 80k
Virgil 73k
Maximus 27k
Titus 21k
Augustus 18k
Atticus 11k
Lucius 9k
Justus 9k
Marcellus 8k
Cassius 6k
Junius 5k
Magnus 4k
Otho 3k
Seneca 3k
Octavius 3k
Caius 1k

Roman Mythological Figures

Name Relative Popularity
Diana 362k
Aurora 62k
Minerva 15k
Sol 10k
Venus 9k
Vesta 8k
Apollo 5k
Amor 2k
Male 2k
Juno 1k

Greek Mythological Figures

Name Relative Popularity
Jason 1.0m
Doris 465k
Phyllis 323k
Ida 187k
Cassandra 169k
Hector 104k
Iris 85k
Damon 65k
Simon 62k
Myles 45k
Paris 39k
Daphne 37k
Athena 37k
Phoebe 35k
Asia 32k
Phoenix 27k
Lupe 25k
Angelia 22k
Orion 18k
Rhea 17k
Maia 14k
Thalia 14k
Adonis 11k
Nestor 10k
Memphis 8k
Atlas 8k
Selene 7k
Melia 5k
Apollo 5k
Echo 4k
Cleta 4k
Ariadne 4k
Ares 4k
Aura 3k
Dione 3k
Pandora 3k
Ania 3k
Achilles 3k
Calliope 3k
Persephone 3k
Gorge 3k
Eris 2k
Cleopatra 2k
Dia 2k
Eudora 2k
Meda 2k
Artemis 2k
Zeus 2k
Ladon 2k
Lyssa 1k
Lamia 1k
Eros 1k
Triton 1k
Charon 1k
Electra 1k

Other Names that End in -us

Ok, some of these obviously aren't based on ancient mythology, but there is a definite trend among ancient cultures to choose names that end in "us". If you are just looking for names that sound like names from the period, you might consider some of these as well.

Name Relative Popularity
Marcus 234k
Julius 80k
Darius 52k
Cornelius 37k
Demetrius 36k
Rufus 36k
Maximus 27k
Thaddeus 24k
Cyrus 23k
Titus 21k
Alexus 19k
Augustus 18k
Markus 14k
Demarcus 13k
Atticus 11k
Venus 9k
Lucius 9k
Justus 9k
Marcellus 8k
Cletus 8k
Darrius 7k
Seamus 7k
Lexus 7k
Cassius 6k
Angus 6k
Aloysius 6k
Jamarcus 5k
Junius 5k
Lucious 5k
Linus 5k
Tyrus 5k
Ladarius 4k
Magnus 4k
Adolphus 4k
Ignatius 4k
Octavius 3k
Damarcus 3k
Lazarus 3k
Lamarcus 3k
Cornelious 3k
Jairus 2k
Marius 2k
Lotus 2k
Theophilus 2k
Cleophus 2k
Taurus 2k
Demarius 2k
Demitrius 2k
Dontavious 2k
Demetrious 2k

Births for first names are taken from births that occurred in the United States after 1879. From 1880 to 1936, all births may not be included in the original data set. Any totals for last names are the number of people with the last name as of the last US census.

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