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Boy Name: Horace

Name: Horace
Pronunciation: \ho-ra-ce\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Origin: Latin
Sounds Like: Harris, Harriss
Variant forms: Horacio, Horatio, Horatius, Horaz, Oratio, Orazio
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 344
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 12816


Horace \ho-ra-ce\ as a boy's name is pronounced HOR-ess. It is of Latin origin. From Horatius, a Roman family clan name. Late 19th-century use may have been inspired by Roman poet Horace. British Admiral Horatio Nelson; journalist Horace Greeley; basketball player Horace Grant.

Horace has 6 variant forms: Horacio, Horatio, Horatius, Horaz, Oratio and Orazio.

Baby names that sound like Horace are Harris and Harriss.

View a list of the 3 names that reference Horace.


Horace is a very popular first name for men (#344 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#12816 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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