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Some people associate Latin names as being dignified and belonging to an aristocratic class. However that’s not always the case. There are quite a few funny and interesting Latin names that are bound to make anyone giggle.
For example there’s the name ‘Ahala’ and it means ‘armpit’. [Commonly used in the Servilia Clan]
Flaccus = floppy ears. [feminine form would be Flacca]
Arvina = fat, lard [Commonly used in the Cornelia Clan]
Varro = block head
Bibulus = drunkard [feminine form = Bibula] [Calpurnia Clan]
Aculeo = prickly, unfriendly.
Verres = pig
Brutus = dim or dull witted. [feminine form = Bruta] [Lunia Clan]
Bucco = fool
Rullus = boorish, uncultured. [Servilia Clan]
There are also some Latin names that indicate what the ancestor’s occupation may have been before the family entered patrician status:
Caepio = onion seller. [Servilia Clan]
Bubulcus = cattle driver. [feminine = Bubulca]
Figulus = potter [feminine = figula]
Natta = artisan [Pinaria Clan]
Pictor = painter [female form = Pictrix]
Salinator = salt harvester [feminine = Salinatrix] [Livia Clan]
Asellio = donkey keeper [commonly used in the Sempronia Clan]
Then there are some names that aren’t necessarily bad in meaning, but quite bizarre:
Agrippa = born feet first [Menenia Clan]
Camillus = child who helps during sacrifices. [feminine = Camilla] [Furia Clan]
Culleo = leather sack. Note: this leather sack was used to carry liquid and was used for drinking water when traveling. [Terentia Clan]
Vespillo = burial person/gravedigger. Note: this refers to the people who buried corpses from families who were too poor to pay for a funeral. In ancient Rome, funerals were grand events that were expensive. Those who couldn’t afford to pay for a funeral just hired a simple burial person/gravedigger to bury their dead.