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Lapidus (including its variant spellings) is:

  • a surname which derived from the Latin word lapideus, meaning 'made of stone'; 'stony',[1] also from the Latin lapis meaning 'stone'.[2] 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.
  • a surname which perhaps has a Bible origin and going back to the book of Judges 4,4: "Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time", and hence probably derived from lapidot, the Hebrew word for torches,[3] yet is not exclusive to one religion or nationality.[4][5]


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.