Ioan Gruffudd as Horatio Hornblower

Meaning: “Hour, time”
Gender: Male
Pronunciation: huh-RAY-shee-oh, huh-RAY-sho
Origin: Latin
Other forms of the name: Horatius, Horace, Orazio, Horatiu, Horácio

I adore this name, I think it definitely think it needs to be used more often.
Horatio is a variant of the Latin or Etruscan Horatius. Horatius was a Roman family name; the Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus is a famous bearer, though he’s better known simply as Horace. There are two Horatio’s that come to mind for me, Horatio Caine from CSI: Miami which I can’t stand, and Horatio Hornblower.

Let’s talk about Horatio Hornblower, shall we? I have not actually had the honor of watching it yet, though I’m planning to. But who doesn’t know about him? Mr. Hornblower is a Royal Navy Officer who is the main character in a series created by C.S. Forester. The name Horatio was chosen because of the Shakespearian character, and because of Horatio Nelson who was a flag-officer and was famous for his work with Royal Navy during the Napoleonic. C.S. probably got the surname Hornblower from the movie producer Arthur Hornblow Jr. who C.S. had worked for before writing the novels.

Horatio is described as a lonely and generally unhappy fellow. He suffers from seasickness and is very self-doubting. In 1998 the movie series “Hornblower” started, it eventually ended in 2003 but is still quite popular, it stars the very adorable Ioan Gruffudd as Horatio Hornblower.

Horatio hasn’t been in the US’ top names list since 1899 when it ranked at a mere #715. This underused gem would surely turn some heads!