One parenting blogger on The Huffington Post is predicting that ancient Roman names are going to be the new chic trend in baby names.
Pamela Redmond Satran predicts their popularity based on increasing references in pop culture.
“The first Big Read, which featured “To Kill A Mockingbird” and its hero Atticus Finch brought that name to contemporary consciousness. Then there was the HBO series “Rome.” But “The Hunger Games” which features ancient Roman names for most of its male characters has popularized the genre like nothing else.”
(I think that’s quite a leap in time from the publishing of “To Kill A Mockingbird” to the “Rome” series to support a “trend.”)
Some of the names she says will be on the radar:
“AUGUSTUS: All Augustus-related names have recently been rediscovered, from August to Augustine to Augustus itself, which means “great” and was given to the first Roman emperor.
AURELIA: Aurelia, the name of the mother of Julius Caesar and a common choice in Ancient Rome, means gold. Attractive Aurelia relatives include Aurora, Oriana, and Aurelius.
LIVIA: While Olivia sits squarely in the middle of the Top Ten, Livia is a lesser-known and completely independent ancient name that feels sleek and modern.
TATIANA: Tatiana is the feminine form of the Roman name Tatius of unknown meaning. Saint Tatiana, martyred in third century Rome, was much revered in the Orthodox Church, explaining the name’s popularity in Russia.”
I am all for unusual names, and I am a fan of Ancient Rome. (I studied with the UGA Classics department in Italy for a summer.) However, I’m just not sure I see a trend forming here. (I do have a friend from high school names Tatiana but I always thought it was Russian. Also she was named in 1971/72.)
Have you heard of anyone using these classic Roman names? What do you think of them? Would you consider an ancient Roman name for your baby?