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What does Magnus mean?

Magnus [mag-nus] as a boys' name is pronounced MAG-ness. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Magnus is "great". A royal name in Norway and Denmark; also a saint's name. The name was introduced from Scandinavia to Scotland.

Associated with: great, royal (king), saint, scandinavia, scotland.


Magnus has 3 variants: Magnes, Magnusson and Manus.

Affiliated boy name: Maxwell.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Marnus, Maynus, ..

(female) Magnuska, Magnussha, ..

How popular is Magnus?

Magnus is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent surname for all people (#12938 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name statistics of Magnus for boys. Magnus entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its highest position of #957 in the U.S. in the year 2013, and is at #977 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Magnus name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Magnus outside U.S.

Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Magnus and related names. The only other prominent alternative form of Magnus (#977 in 2014) is Maxwell (#107 in 2014). These relations of Magnus were favored by parents today (median #542). Magnus and Maxwell are two of the more trendy birth names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Magnus, Maxwell in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Magnus, Maxwell outside U.S.

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