Magnus

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This article is about the given name and surname. For other uses, see Magnus (disambiguation).

Magnus, meaning "great" in Latin, was sometimes used as a first name among Romans but was not particularly common among them. The best-known Roman bearing the name was the third-century usurper. The name gained wider popularity in the Middle Ages, various European peoples, and their royal houses, being introduced to it upon being converted to the Latin-speaking Catholic Christianity. This was especially the case with Scandinavian royalty and nobility.

As a Scandinavian forename, it was extracted from the Frankish ruler Charlemagne's Latin name "Carolus Magnus" and re-analyzed as Old Norse magn-hús = "house of might/power".[citation needed]

Magnus may refer to:

People[edit]

People with the sole name Magnus[edit]

Kings of Norway[edit]

Kings of Sweden[edit]

King of Livonia[edit]

Dukes[edit]

Other[edit]

Saints[edit]

People with the family name Magnus[edit]

In fiction[edit]

People with the given name Magnus[edit]

In fiction[edit]

Pseudonyms[edit]

  • Magnus, pseudonym of American magician Jeff McBride
  • Magnus, pen name of Italian comic book artist Roberto Raviola
  • Magnus (formerly Brutus Magnus), ring name of English professional wrestler Nick Aldis (born 1986)

Species[edit]

Latin binomial abbreviations for species

See also[edit]