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Lapidus (including its variant spellings) is a surname rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition, specifically from "Lapidoth", which was borne, in the Bible, by the husband of Deborah, and hence probably derived from lapidot, the Hebrew word for torches,[1] yet is not exclusive to one religion or nationality. [2] [3]

Lapidus is also derived from the Latin word lapideus, meaning 'made of stone'; 'stony',[4] also from the Latin lapis meaning 'stone'.[5] It could also be derived from the Latin adjective lepidus meaning pleasant or charming. A branch of the Roman gens Aemilia was cognominated Lepidus. Marcus Aemilius Lepidus was a member of the Second Triumvirate, with Octavius (later Caesar Augustus) and Marcus Antonius.


In popular culture[edit]

There is a character named Frank Lapidus, a pilot played by Jeff Fahey, on the ABC television show LOST.

There is also a character named Merc Lapidus, a producer played by John Pankow, on the television show Episodes.