Meaning and Name Origin
Titus \t(i)-tus\ as a boys' name is pronounced TYE-tus. It is of Latin origin. Possibly "defender". Biblical: a Greek Christian missionary to whom Paul wrote the canonical letter Titus. Also the name of an early Roman emperor (first century AD). Before assuming the imperial throne, he led the forces that put down a Jewish revolt and destroyed the temple in Jerusalem. He had a Jewish lover, Berenice, who was a princess of the royal house of Herod. Their story was brought to the stage by 17th-century French playwrights Racine and Corneille. Use of this name is mostly 18th and 19th centuries.
Titus has 1 feminine form: Tita.
Titus is a somewhat popular first name for males (#1097 out of 1220, Top 90%) and an even more popular last name for all people (#2179 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Titus for boys. Titus was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its highest rank of #285 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Titus and associated names. Tito is the only other popular varying form of Titus (#285 a year ago). Adoption of these boy names is at its most widespread presently. Titus (#285) is the most fashionable name for newborns in this list. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Vitus. This name tends to be less commonly used than Titus.