Magnus, meaning "great" in Latin, was used as cognomen of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus in the first century BCE. The best-known use of the name during the Roman Empire is for the fourth-century Western Roman Emperor Flavius Magnus Maximus Augustus, often just called Magnus Maximus. The name gained wider popularity in the Middle Ages among various European peoples and their royal houses, being introduced to them upon being converted to the Latin-speaking Catholic Christianity. This was especially the case with Scandinavian royalty and nobility.

As a Scandinavian forename, it was extracted from the Frankish ruler Charlemagne's Latin name "Carolus Magnus" and re-analyzed as Old Norse magn-hús = "power house".[1][citation needed]

Magnus may refer to:


Given nameEdit

Kings of NorwayEdit

Kings of DenmarkEdit

Kings of SwedenEdit

King of LivoniaEdit




Family nameEdit

Ancient RomansEdit

Pseudonyms, pen names and ring namesEdit

  • Magnus, pseudonym of American magician Jeff McBride
  • Magnus, pen name of Italian comic book artist Roberto Raviola
  • Magnus (formerly Brutus Magnus), ring name of English professional wrestler Nick Aldis (born 1986)
  • Tyrone Magnus, actor and YouTuber Tyrone Crawley

Fictional charactersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Scandinavian Names". 2007. Retrieved 2019-07-19.

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