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Pontius means "marine" or "relating to the sea." It can be used as a name, either first or last. People named "Pontius" include:
- The Greek name for Pontic Greeks
- Gaius Pontius, Samnite commander and victor at the Battle of the Caudine Forks, believed ancestor of Pontius Pilate
- Pontius Telesinus, Roman commander loyal to the Populares during Sulla's second civil war
- Pontius Aquilia, a tribune who lived at the time of Julius Caesar
- Pontius Fregellanus (d. March 37), a man of senatorial rank involved in an adultery scandal under Emperor Tiberius
- Gaius Petronius Pontius Nigrinus (d. March 37), consul at the time the Emperor Tiberius
- Pontius Pilate (Latin: Pontius Pilatus), Roman governor of Judea in Biblical times
- Pontius of Carthage, deacon in Carthage and early Christian writer
- Pontius, saint and Bishop of Barbastro
- Paulus Pontius, artist
- Chris Pontius, actor in Jackass television series
- Chris Pontius (soccer), American soccer player for D.C. United
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