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Updated May 23, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

What does Atticus mean and stand for?


  • Greek: From Attica, a region in Greece

Gender: Male

Syllables: 3

Pronunciation: The name Atticus is pronounced at-ih-kus

The name Atticus has its roots in ancient Greece, specifically referring to someone from the region of Attica, encompassing the city of Athens. It has come to embody a sense of wisdom and intellect, largely popularized by the character Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. The name has retained an air of classic dignity and has become a favorite choice for parents seeking a name with historical and literary significance.

How Popular Is The Name Atticus

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Atticus in Pop Culture

Do you know these fictional characters that share this first name?

  • Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird - The wise and compassionate lawyer who defends a black man accused of assaulting a white woman in the American South.
  • Atticus O'Sullivan from The Iron Druid Chronicles - A 2,000-year-old druid living in Arizona and the protagonist of the series.
  • Atticus Lincoln from Grey's Anatomy - A surgical resident who is charming and intelligent.
  • Atticus Aldridge from Downton Abbey - A good-natured banker who marries Lady Rose.
  • Atticus Murphy Jr. from Todd & The Book of Pure Evil - The guidance counselor and main antagonist with a sinister secret.

Popularity of the Name Atticus

According to Social Security Administration data, the name Atticus has been gaining popularity in recent years, ranking within the top 300 names for boys in the United States. 

This name has classical roots, originating from Ancient Greece and being most famously associated with Atticus Finch, a central character in Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The character, portrayed by Gregory Peck in the acclaimed film adaptation, is a symbol of integrity and moral fortitude. In more contemporary media, the name Atticus has appeared in HBO's series Lovecraft Country. Historical figures with the name include Titus Pomponius Atticus, a Roman literate known for his correspondence with Cicero. The name's blend of literary significance and classical heritage continues to attract modern parents seeking a name with both depth and character.

Where Is the Name Atticus Popular?

This name is most popular across certain states in the U.S., including those highlighted on the map below.

Nicknames for Atticus

These shortened names can make great nicknames for your baby.

  • Atti
  • Gus
  • Ace

Atticus Pairs Well With These Middle Names

Looking for a middle name that fits perfectly? Consider these!

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