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Quick Facts on Titus

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 316
Simple meaning:
Title of honor

Characteristics of Titus

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Titus

Titus is an old Roman given name dating back to Antiquity and one of the most commonly used praenomens (first name) in ancient Rome (like Lucius, Gaius, Marcus, and Quintus). The name dates back many centuries and was borne by Titus Tatius, King of the Sabines in the 8th century B.C., who would later co-rule over all the Sabines and Latins with Romulus. The name possibly comes from the Latin “titulus” which means ‘title of honor’. In the first century AD, Titus Flavius Vespasianus was a Roman Emperor noted for destroying Jerusalem and its temple in 70 AD during one of the Jewish-Roman Wars (they were basically fighting over religious tensions and government taxation). As a result, Titus had quite reputation for ruthlessness so the Roman citizens weren’t exactly tickled pink with his ascension to Emperor. They would soon be proven wrong. It was during Titus’ reign that three natural disasters occurred – the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD (completely destroying Pompeii), the Great Fire of Rome (completely destroying many important buildings) and an outbreak of the Plague. Although his reign was cut short by fever at the age of 41, he is remembered as a great, generous, capable and affable Emperor who respectfully treated his citizens and came to their aid in a time of great need. Titus is a name that also shows up in the New Testament as a companion of Paul who became the first Christian bishop of Crete. Lastly, Shakespeare wrote a tragedy in 1593 called “Titus Andronicus” (a fictionalized Roman general and war hero). Titus has never been a particular favorite among English-speakers, but it has been around for a remarkable amount of time. Probably one of the longest enduring names known to western civilization! The Puritans adopted the name during the Protestant Reformation (probably in light of the New Testament reference). But in most cases, Titus has never been a heavily used name.

Popularity of the Name Titus

Titus is a name that appeared on the U.S. popularity charts sporadically at the end of the 19th century and early 1900s but then pretty much disappeared until the 1960s. For the rest of the 20th century, Titus was used very sparingly on baby boys, although now that we’re in the 21st century, the name’s popularity appears to be improving. Still only a moderately used name, Titus would be considered a more exotic choice. It’s one of those old Roman names that has endured for centuries, but not as common as, say, Marcus, Dominic or Julius. Rather, this ‘title of honor’ is bestowed on barely 700 baby boys per year keeping it an original and generally underused choice. Titus also conjures up the powerful Greek gods referred to as the “Titans” who ruled during Greece’s Golden Age, predating the Olympian gods. Titus is a name with a dignified old world strength and leadership quality.
Popularity of the Boy Name Titus
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Titus

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Titus

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Titus

    Titus Andronicus (Titus Andronicus) Titus Andronicus is the fictional Roman general as depicted by Shakespeare in his very bloody tragedy of the same name, probably written between 1588 and 1593. Titus returns to Rome after years of war with the Goths, bringing with him their queen, Tamora, as captive, along with her three sons and Aaron the Moor, Tamora’s secret lover. Titus sacrifices Tamora’s oldest son on behalf of his own dead sons in accordance with Roman ritual, thereby earning him her undying hatred. Tamora, having married the new Roman emperor, Saturninus, is now in a position to effect revenge on Titus, with the help of Aaron. This she does, and Titus is subjected to an unimaginable hell of cruelty, violence, murder and loss on a monumental scale. He appears to have succumbed to madness near the play’s end, when in fact he is planning his own counter-revenge upon his enemies. He might as well be mad, for all he has lost, and ultimately he is murdered, but not before he has wreaked his own vengeance upon his enemies. Suffice it to say that this play is so steeped in blood and violence that it was not even performed during the Victorian era (except with extreme bowdlerism), and has only seemed to enjoy a resurgence of popularity since the latter half of the twentieth century. This may or may not be a commentary on the tenor of our times. Our suggestion: If you use the name “Titus”, just leave the Andronicus part out – no associations.

  • Popular Songs on Titus

    Popular Songs on Titus

    Titus - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Titus.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Titus

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Titus

    No, No, Titus! (Claire Masurel) - Titus wants to be a good dog in his new home on the farm, but he can't figure out what that means; when he tries to board the school bus with the children, chase mice or lay eggs, or help the farmers plow and milk, all he hears is "No, no, dogs don't..." What DO dogs do? Titus learns at last that night, when he spots a fox sneaking up to the henhouse. Halpern's neat, brightly lit cloth-and-paper collages make perfect accompaniments to this simply told story; the widely spaced farm buildings are set on a grassy hill dotted with flowers, and Titus, golden, flop-eared, the picture of puppylike confusion, draws the eye even when the point of view is pulled back. Treat fans of Eric Hill's Spot books to a story with a real plot. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Titus & Tiana: Lesson for Baby Tiger (Tim Ostermeyer) - Titus & Tiana make fun of their sister Albany. Albany is hurt and runs away. All the animals of the jungle look for her. Surprising finish with GREAT message for all children. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Titus Rules! (Dick King-Smith) - What’s more important than the Queen? Whom does she serve? Her royal corgis, of course! But life isn’t just royal thrones and unlimited biscuits for young Titus, Her Majesty’s favorite pup. There are burglars to catch, fires to put out, leaking tubs to attend to, and jealous cousins to deal with. In the end, though, it’s the Queen’s edict that matters most: “Titus Rules!” Dick King-Smith, beloved author of Babe: The Gallant Pig, offers a delightfully entertaining book to inspire readers with love for young Titus, and also with love for reading. Book list says: “Kids will enjoy the engaging Titus; the fast-moving, witty prose; and the adventures inspired by loyalty and royalty, whether two legged or four. Comic drawings add to the fun.” Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Titus Tidewater (Suzy Verrier) - The adventurous blue lobster, Titus Tidewater, welcomes the summer season in Maine. Summer means exciting happenings close to the shoreline but also lurking dangers in the shallow warm water. Titus cautiously explores that ocean floor but soon finds himself ensnared in a lobster trap. Unable to free himself, he is taken away from his familiar oceanic surroundings and enters into a strange new world on land, before he is ultimately rescued by two children and the ocean itself. A recipient of the Society of Illustrators award, Suzy Verrier s lavish watercolors bring Titus s tale to life. This classic children s book narrates the life of one Maine lobster and displays a captivating world under the sea. Islandport has updated Titus with a new look and added fun facts about Maine lobsters throughout. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Titus's Troublesome Tooth (Linda Jennings) - Titus the goat has a terrible toothache. All the farmyard animals are happy to help him get rid of his troublesome tooth, but poor Titus doesn't want his tooth pecked, butted or pulled out. Then Sadie the Hen provides shocking news - the Vet is coming. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Titus

    Famous People Named Titus

    Famous People Named Titus - Titus Kinimaka (surfer); Titus van Rijn (artist’s model); Titus Oates (English fabricator of the “Popish Plot”); Titus Salt (English creator of alpaca cloth); Titus Adams (football player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Titus

    Children of Famous People Named Titus

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Titus - Rembrandt van Rijn (artist)

  • Historic Figures

    Titus - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Titus - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Titus.

Personality of the Boy Name Titus

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Titus

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