While many consider the Latin language “dead,” Latin names are alive and well in English-speaking countries. Since over 60% of the English language is Latin, you’ll find that many of your favorite names come from Latin roots.
If you prefer traditional names, like Mary or Paul, a Latin name may be just your style. But some Latin names have a more modern sound, like Ace and Luna.
We’ve rounded up our favorite Latin baby names for boys and girls!
Latin Baby Names for Boys
Many Latin baby boy names are currently at the top of the U.S. baby boy name list, including Oliver, Lucas, and Alexander. You can’t go wrong with these classic and strong Latin boy names.
Some Latin boy names with the classic Roman sound, like the name Roman itself or August, are becoming increasingly popular. Dante and Cassius are lesser-used Latin names with a unique vibe.
Here are our favorite Latin baby boy names:
Some of these popular Latin boy names, such as Austin and Calvin, have been around for a while and still make an excellent choice for modern times. Other Latin names, like August and Sebastian, are traditional names showing current spikes in popularity, plus they come with great nickname options like Auggie, Gus, and Seb or Sebby.
Less Common Names
Some of these uncommon names, like Ace and Cash, will be easy for others to recognize, but they have a calm, modern tone. Other less familiar names, such as Ambrose and Ignatius, are unique but have traditional undertones.
Other less common names include literary names like Dante (author of “The Divine Comedy”), Cassius (An ancient Roman historical figure), and Atticus (A name famous from “To Kill a Mockingbird”). We also love these Latin names of position and authority: Prince, Saint, and Major.
See our favorite less common Latin boy names:
Latin Baby Names for Girls
Like Latin boy names, there are a variety of Latin baby girl names, whether you want a popular or a lesser-used name. Emily has been a well-loved name for generations, and Olivia is a traditional name with modern popularity. Both are currently #21 and #1 on the U.S. baby girl name list.
If you want a unique moniker, there’s a Latin baby girl name for you, too. Luna, Poppy, and Sage are sweet and playful names for girls. Juniper and Trinity may sound super modern, but they come from Latin words and make for cute names.
Did you know the trendy girls’ names Emma, Ava, and Lucy all have Latin roots? Other current popular names include Lily and Clara. Even Luna and Nova, once rarely used, have recently spiked in usage and are currently top girl names (11 and 32, respectively).
Here are our favorite popular Latin names for baby girls:
Less Common Names
Whether older or newer, these are our favorite Latin girl names if you want a unique name for your baby girl. Classic names, like Mabel and Claudia, are strong female names that aren’t currently used often.
Felicity is a sweet name that means “happiness,” and Viola is a unique name if you want something less popular than Violet.
Here are our favorite less common Latin girl names:
Are you considering a Latin baby name for a new little one? Or perhaps you already have used a Latin baby name for a son or daughter. Let us know what Latin baby names you love best!