Meaning: “title of honour.”
The name comes from the Roman praenomen which is derived from the Latin, titulus, meaning “title of honour.”
In Ancient History, the name is borne by Titus Flavius Vespasianus, the tenth Roman emperor in the Roman Empire and the second of the Flavian Dynasty.
In the New Testament, the name is borne by a companion of St. Paul who later became the first bishop of Crete and was a recipient of one of Paul’s epistles.
The name was also used by Shakespeare for his tragedy Titus Andronicus (1593).
Currently, Titus is the 253rd most popular male name in Germany, (2011) and the 397th most popular in the United States, (2010).
Other forms of the name include:
- Tito (Aragonese/Basque/Galician/Italian/Portuguese/Spanish)
- Titus (Czech/Danish/Dutch/English/French/German/Latin/Norwegian/Swedish)
- Tiitus (Finnish)
- Tite (French)
- Titos Τιτος (Greek Biblical)
- Titou τιτου (Greek Modern)
- Titusz (Hungarian)
- Títus (Icelandic/Slovak)
- Titas (Lithuanian)
- Titu Тітъ (Old Church Slavonic)
- Tytus (Polish)
- Tit Тит (Romanian/Russian/Croatian/Slovene)
An Italian, Portuguese and Spanish feminine form is Tita.
The designated name-day is January 4th.