How to Convert an English First Name Into Latin

by Robert Schrader
Converting your first name in Latin is a fun way to spend a minute of your time.

Converting your first name in Latin is a fun way to spend a minute of your time.

Latin is the root and origin of all romance languages, including French, Spanish and Italian. Although it's considered a "dead" language because nobody speaks it anymore, its influence in the world is undeniable. In its written form, Latin most commonly appears in medical and scientific terms. While the accuracy of translations into Latin is always up for debate, it's possible to convert your first name into its approximate Latin equivalent using several rules of Latin nomenclature.

Add the Latin suffix "us" to your first name if you're male. For example, "Robert" becomes "Robertus" and "Justin" becomes "Justinus."

Add an "a" to the end of your name if you're female, keeping in mind that if your name ends in "y" it will change to "i" when you add the "a." If your English name is "Helen," your Latin name would be "Helena." Similarly, if you are "Mary" your Latin name would be "Maria."

Convert your name exactly if it matches with one from the Holy Bible. For example, the name "Peter" becomes "Petrus" whereas "John" becomes "Ioannes." "David" is written as "Davidus."

Point your browser to the link listed in Resources to view a table of English names written in Latin if your name doesn't allow you to use the basic rules. For example, you actually write the name "Audrey" as "Adria," although the rules would suggest you write it as "Audria." If your English name is "Louis," your Latin name would be "Ludovicus."

About the Author

Robert Schrader is a writer, photographer, world traveler and creator of the award-winning blog Leave Your Daily Hell. When he's not out globetrotting, you can find him in beautiful Austin, TX, where he lives with his partner.

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