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Magnus, meaning "great" in Latin, was sometimes used as a first name among Romans[citation needed] but was not particularly common among them. The name was used as cognomen of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus in the first century BC. The best-known use of the name during the Roman Empire is for the fourth-century Western Roman Emperor Flavius Magnus Maximus Augustus, often just called Magnus Maximus. The name gained wider popularity in the Middle Ages, among various European peoples and their royal houses, being introduced to them 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 = "power house".[1][citation needed]

Magnus may refer to:


People with the sole name Magnus[edit]

Kings of Norway[edit]

Kings of Denmark[edit]

Kings of Sweden[edit]

King of Livonia[edit]




People with the family name Magnus[edit]

In fiction[edit]

People with the given name Magnus[edit]

In fiction[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Scandinavian Names". 2007. Retrieved 2019-07-19.

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