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Man of Attica
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Atticus
Atticus is an old Roman (Latin) nickname meaning “man of Attica”. Attica is a place name; dating back to Antiquity, it is the region in Greece which surrounds Athens. The name was made most famous by author Harper Lee as the protagonist of her 1960 novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Lee modeled her character Atticus Finch after her own attorney father, someone she greatly loved and admired for his articulation and respect for the law. She used the name Atticus after Titus Pomponius Atticus, a Roman citizen who lived in the first century B.C. and, according to Lee herself, was "a wise, learned and humane man." Titus Pomponius Atticus is most remembered in history as the closest friend of philosopher and orator Cicero. Cicero dedicated his treatise on friendship (“Laelius de Amicitia”) to Atticus; so highly regarded was he. Born in Rome around 110 B.C. and educated as a young man in Athens, Titus Pomponius Atticus actually gave himself the nickname “Atticus” (Man of Attica) after falling in love with the culture and society of Athens, one of the most important cities of the ancient world. Atticus was also remembered as a man of stylish taste, sound intellect and financial acumen. But for Harper Lee, it was mainly his wisdom and humanity that inspired the name of her great literary hero, Atticus Finch.
Popularity of the Name Atticus
Oddly enough, the name Atticus did not appear on the U.S. popularity charts until 2004. We would have expected to see the name emerge in 1960 when “To Kill a Mockingbird” was actually first published. Clearly, the name’s usage is inspired by the literary reference – just as Demi Moore and Bruce Willis named their second daughter Scout (Atticus’ daughter in the novel) in 1991. Perhaps they didn’t know it then, but they were ahead of their time in terms of trend-setting. Naming children after literary characters appears to be coming into fashion as the 21st century gets underway. We are seeing an increase in popularity with names like Atticus, Romeo, Rhett, Holden and Sawyer. These names are still only used in moderation and appear to be restricted to the more erudite parents, but they are definitely loaded with weighty significance and charm (thanks to their respective places in literature). Atticus, in particular, is one of the greatest heroes of American literature and an enduring symbol of decency, fairness, wisdom and legal acumen. It’s for the latter reason why we think Atticus is a great name for the son of attorney parents.
Popularity of the Boy Name Atticus
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Atticus
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Atticus
Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird) Atticus Finch is the widowed father of two children in Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning 1960 novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, and he is forever seen as Gregory Peck, who portrayed him in the 1962 movie of the same name, and who won an Oscar for it. (And we don’t know ANYBODY who doesn’t want to have had him for a father!) Called “Atticus” by his motherless children, he is the rock-solid foundation of their lives, a responsibility he takes seriously and sensitively. And as an attorney, he is a paragon of righteous, but self-effacing, equity. He takes on the case of defending the wrongly accused Tom Robinson, and faces down the wrath of the ignorant racists among the townspeople. Working and living in the pre-civil rights environment of the deep South, Atticus rises to the challenges of teaching his children how to behave with fairness and dignity, and how to respect the individual rights of all people without exception. His best lesson is in the way he leads his own life, and by that example he earns the undying respect, not only of his children, but of all his devoted readers and admirers. It’s almost impossible to believe he is a fictional character.
Popular Songs on Atticus
Atticus Finch - a song by Paint it Black
Children's Books on the Baby Name Atticus
Atticus of Rome, 30 B.C. (Barry Denenberg) - Acclaimed author Barry Denenberg brings to life the intrigue of Roman politics and the bloody violence of the gladiator games in this story about ancient Rome. Atticus, a young boy who has been torn from his family and home and sold as a slave to a Roman aristocrat, quickly learns that not all is as it seems in the republic of Rome. Politicians and greedy merchants plot against each other, and Atticus must do his best to protect his kindly master...and, in turn, the Emperor of Rome. Murder and lies fill his new life as a spy for Lucius Opimius. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Finding Atticus (Laurie Gifford Adams) - Thirteen year old Jamie Reston is still recovering from the death of her father when another loss threatens her. Atticus, a champion show Golden Retriever, saved her from the darkest days after her father’s death when he helped her find happiness again. But now, because he is the most valuable dog she owns, Atticus’ owner is forced to sell him in order to save her kennel from bankruptcy. For Jamie, the unthinkable is for Atticus to be snatched from her life. Desperate to not lose him, Jamie does the unthinkable. During the night, she sneaks Atticus from his kennel and hides him in a shack deep in the woods so he will miss the flight to take him to his new owner. To Jamie’s surprise, the whole town gets involved in the search for Atticus, including a boy she’s had a crush on all year. Her simple plan spirals out of control and becomes a complicated mess. Before she has a chance to decide how to handle the situation, Atticus’ life is threatened. Now Jamie fears she may not only lose him, but that Atticus will die because of her foolish decision to take matters into her own hands. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Famous People Named Atticus
Famous People Named Atticus - Atticus Shaffer (actor)
Children of Famous People Named Atticus
Famous People Who Named Their Son Atticus - Daniel Baldwin (actor, one of the four Baldwin brothers)
Atticus - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Atticus - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Atticus.
Personality of the Boy Name Atticus
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Atticus