In Roman naming conventions, "Marcus" was a common Latin praenomen (personal name) used by the gens Minucia; the name survived the Roman Empire and has continued to be used in modern-days, in various forms.
Behind the scenes
- Illustrator Jim Kay picked "Marcus Minucius" because of the Roman consul Marcus Minucius Rufus and his political enemy.
- In the real-world, as Marcus was a popular praenomen, historically, there are a number of individuals with names using the combination "Marcus Minucius", such as Marcus Minucius Felix and Marcus Minucius Augurinus, amongst others.
- In those cases, Minucius representing gens Minucia, was an ancient Roman family.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (Name seen on sign)