Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Magnus comes from a Latin word meaning “great; large, big” which derives from a PIE origin, and was used as an Ancient Roman cognomen (the third name in Ancient Roman names, which originated as a nickname based on anything such as physical or personal characteristics, habits, etc., and which later became hereditary). Magnus seems to have become popular as a given name because of Magnus Olafsson (aka Magnus the Good), an 11th century Norwegian and Danish king who was named after Carolus Magnus (also known as Charles the Great, or Charlemagne, king of the Franks and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire); since than, Magnus became popular among Scandinavian royalty and later the English-speaking world.

Magnus is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “great; big, large”

Usage: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English


  • Magne (Norwegian)
  • Måns (Swedish)
  • Mogens (Danish)
  • Magnús (Icelandic)
  • Mághnus (Irish)
  • Manus (Irish)
  • Manu (Finnish)
  • Mauno (Finnish)
  • Maunu (Finnish)
  • Mack (Medieval English)

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