Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Octavio

Octavio is the Spanish form of Octavius, derived from the Latin “octavus” meaning “eighth”. Octavius was an ancient Roman family name mainly restricted to the plebian classes until being elevated to patrician status thanks to Emperor Augustus (born Gaius Octavius). Just as Quintinus (Quentin) means fifth in Latin, Octavius means “eighth”. It was a name often given to the eighth born child in terms of birth order, or a child born in the eighth month of the year (which on the ten-month Old Roman calendar system was October). In fact, this is how the month of October was originally named. The Latin word was borrowed from the Greek root ὀκτά- (oct) which gave us other words of “eighth” significance such as octagon, octave and octet. There were many prominent men with the name Octavius in early Roman times but none more illustrious than the grand-nephew of Julius Caesar, Gaius Octavius (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), known more simply as Augustus and considered the founder of the post-Republic Roman Empire. Names derived from Octavius are no longer particularly popular, but Octavio is used with some mild frequency among the Spanish. A more modern prominent name bearer is Mexican poet Octavio Paz (1914-1998) who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990.

All About the Baby Name – Octavio

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME OCTAVIO

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME OCTAVIO

Octavio did not appear on the American male naming charts until 1967 and hasn’t done much in terms of finding a wider audience since then. As the Spanish form of Octavius, Octavio is primarily used within the Hispanic-American communities. The Latin version Octavius fell off the Top 1000 list of boy’s names in 1991 and the female form, Octavia, dropped from the girl’s charts in 1998. Octavio got as high as the middle of the charts in 2003 and then finally succumbed to non-use in 2011 when he too finally fell out of style. Americans are not generally producing eight children anymore (unless you’re the Duggar Family or the Octomom), so using this name on the eighth child isn’t as relevant today as it would have been in ancient Roman times. However, Octavio is a clever name for a child born on the eighth day or the eighth month (August) or under the eighth zodiac sign (Scorpio).

Quick Facts

ON OCTAVIO

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Spanish

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

awk-TAH-vyo

SIMPLE MEANING:

Eighth

Characteristics

OF OCTAVIO

Dependable

Solid

Practical

Hard-working

Industrious

Studious

Conservative

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Octavio

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME OCTAVIO

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Octavio

Popular Songs

ON OCTAVIO

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Octavio


Famous People

NAMED OCTAVIO

Gaius Octavius (Emperor Augustus)
Octavio Diaz (Argentine footballer)
Octavio Dotel (baseball player)
Octavio Brunetti (Argentine piano player)
Octavio Gomez (actor)
Octavio Paz (Mexican poet and writer)
Octavio Beras Rojas (former Archbishop of Santo Domingo)
Octavio Trompowsky (Brazilian chess player)
Octavio Vazquez (composer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED OCTAVIO

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Octavio

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME OCTAVIO

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Octavio