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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, 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".[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]

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People with the given name Magnus[edit]

In fiction[edit]



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