Maxima

Maxima is an Ancient Roman female name, the feminine form of Maximus which means “greatest, biggest, largest; oldest, eldest” derived from PIE root *méǵh₂s (great, big). Maxima also refers to a musical note that seems to have stopped being used in the 16th century. Nicknames: Max, Maxi/Maxy Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Maxene (English) Maxine (English) Maxina (English) Maxima…

Marius

Marius comes from a Roman family name which can either be used as a masculine form of Maria (the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian…

Romulus

Romulus is the name of one of the founders of Rome in Roman mythology, who along with his twin brother Remus were suckled by a she-wolf when they were babies after being abandoned on the orders of their uncle. Romulus later killed his brother (or his followers did) over a dispute on where to build their…

Vesta

Vesta is the name of the Roman goddess of the hearth in Roman mythology, the Roman counterpart to the Greek goddess Hestia. The name seems to be a cognate of Hestia meaning “hearth, home; fireplace, altar” derived from PIE root word *h₂wes- (to dwell, live, reside). Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Lucretia

Lucretia is an Ancient Roman female name, the feminine form of Lucretius which is of uncertain etymology; it may be derived from Latin lucrum meaning “profit, wealth; gain; advantage” derived from PIE root word *leh₂u- (profit, gain). It’s also possible that the name may be derived form a Etruscan source. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Lucrezia (Italian) Lucrèce (French) Lucrecia (Spanish) Lucrècia…

Cornelius

Cornelius is an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain etymology though often associated with Latin cornu meaning “horn” which ultimately derives from PIE root word *ḱerh₂- (horn; head, top) though it’s also possible that it derives from root *ḱer- (to grow, to nourish). Cornelius is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Corey, Neal/Neil Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants:…

Camilla

Camilla is the feminine form of Camillus, an Ancient Roman cognomen of unknown origin, likely derived from an Etruscan origin. Camillus is also a Latin term used to refer to an acolyte, a youth employed in the rituals and sacrifices of ancient Roman religion. Camilla is also the name of a female warrior in the Aenead, a member of…

Valentina

Valentina is the feminine form of Valentine which comes from Roman cognomen Valentinus via Latin valens meaning “strong, healthy, vigorous” from valere (to be strong), deriving from PIE *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Nicknames: Val, Tina Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valentine (French, English) Walentyna (Polish) Valentína (Slovak) Valentyna (Ukrainian)   Male forms: Valentine (English) Valentinus (Ancient Roman) Valentin (French, Romanian, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Russian,…

Tarquin

Tarquin is the English form of Latin Tarquinius and was the name of two of the seven legendary kings of Rome. Apparently the first Tarquinius (Lucius Tarquinius Priscus aka Tarquin the Elder) came to Rome from Etruria, an ancient region in Central Italy which was home to the Etruscans. Lucius Tarquinius Superbus (aka Tarquin the Proud) was the son…