What Does The Name Atticus Mean?


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Deborah Mann answered
Atticus was a Latin boy's name. It derives from the time of the Romans and means from the area of Attica in Greece. Attica was a region of ancient Greece that encompassed a triangular shaped peninsula in the Aegean Sea. It contained the city-state of Athens. In Rome, it would be used as part of a name to indicate where the person comes from, such as Joan of Arc. In 2010, it was ranked number 564 of most popular boy's names in the United States. Its popularity has grown, as in 1998 it was only ranked 1642 in the United States.

One of the most famous men named Atticus was Titus Pomponius Atticus. He was born into the Equestrian Rank of Ancient Rome, which is similar to being a knight and based upon the family's personal wealth. Due to civil unrest in Rome, he moved to Athens. There he helped the citizens by loaning money and providing wheat from his own stores and after he left the citizens of Athens erected statues in his honor. He was also a contemporary and friend of Cicero.

The name of the central character of To Kill a Mockingbird was named Atticus Finch. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is a lawyer in Alabama. He is the defense council for a black man that is accused of raping a young white woman. The book itself is a comment on race in the United States and on the justice system.

The name Atticus could also refer to the atlas moth of the genus Atticus. The atlas moth is a member of the family saturniid and is found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia. They are considered the largest moths in the world with a wingspan of about ten to twelve inches. They may be cultivated for their silk.
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Shezan Shaikh answered
Atticus has different meanings. It could refer to the atlas moth genus Atticus. There was an ancient roman philosopher and litterateur whose name was "Titus Pomponius Atticus". He lived from 110 BC/109 BC – 32 BC. He was originally a roman of the equestrian class and is best remembered for his relationship with orator and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero.

There is an alternative rock band by the name of "Atticus". This band was made in Knoxville, Tennessee and has albums to its credit such as "Atticus - Self Titled", "Figment" and "Atticus Finch" and many more. This band has Allen Clark, Aaron Gabriel, Adam Menhinick and Donney Shockley. This particular band took its name from the character "Atticus Finch" of Author Harper lee's novel "To Kill a Mocking Bird".

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