Nona

Nona is the name of a Roman goddess of pregnancy in Roman mythology, as well as the name of one of the Parcae (the female personifications of destiny), along with Morta and Decima. The Parcae are the Roman equivalent of the Moirai in Greek myth, and Nona is the equivalent of Clotho, who spun the thread of life….

Cassius

Cassius comes from an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it may be related to Latin cassus meaning “empty, vain” derived from Proto-Indo-European *ḱes- (to cut). The name can be pronounced as either kas-see-es or cash-es. Nicknames: Cass, Cash Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Kassius (Late Roman, English) Cassian (Ancient Roman) Kassian (English) Cassianus (Ancient Roman) Cassius (Ancient Roman)   Female forms:…

Cayzer

Cayzer comes from a surname, a variant of Kaiser which derives from the Germanic word for “emperor”; it’s a variant form of Caesar, an Ancient Roman cognomen famously attributed to Julius Caesar which later came to be regarded as an imperial title. Though its origins are unknown, it’s been linked to Latin caesaries meaning “hair”, referring to abundant or a luxurious head of…

Luciana

Luciana is the feminine form of Lucianus, an Ancient Roman cognomen derived from the Roman praenomen Lucius meaning “light” from Latin lux (light) derived from a PIE root word *lewk– (light, bright; white). Luciana has various pronunciations depending on the region it’s from: loo-CHAH-nah (Italian), loo-SYAH-nah (Latin American Spanish) or loo-THYAH-nah (European Spanish). Nicknames: Lucy/Lucie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Luciána (Hungarian, Slovak) Lucienne (French)  …

Vulcan

Vulcan is the name of the god of fire, metalworking, the forge, and volcanoes in Roman mythology, the son of Juno and Jupiter. According to myth he was born so deformed that his own mother was horrified by him and threw him from Mt. Olympus and into the depths of the ocean, where he was found by the…

Aquilina

Aquilina is an Ancient Roman cognomen, the feminine form of Aquilinus, a derivative of Aquila meaning “eagle” from Latin aquila which derives from an unknown origin though it could be derived from Latin aquilus (dark-colored, swarthy), though another possible derivation for aquilus is Latin aqua (water) derived from a PIE root word. Aquila is the name of a constellation, the name of a genus of eagles,…

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…