|Per aspera ad astra|
|Ars gratia artis|
|Citius Altius Fortius|
|Audaces fortuna iuvat|
|Ars longa, vita brevis|
|Ex astris, Scientia|
|Divide et impera|
|Ora et labora|
|Esse quam videri|
Dum spiro, spero
Soli Deo gloria
Fortes fortuna juvat
The content of this section of the website provides a fast, easy guide to the translation of famous Latin Mottos into English. Learn the Latin to English translation of all of the famous Latin Mottos used in family crests and also by the military, colleges, schools and the state. Mottos are also often used by sporting associations such as football clubs. Click a link on the menu bar for articles providing the English-Latin translations of famous Latin mottos, such as 'E pluribus unum', 'Carpe diem' and 'Semper Fidelis' together with their translation, definition and meanings.
Mottos are short phrases or sayings that summarize the values or ideals of groups of people. Mottos, generally in Latin, are adopted by kings, the nobility, countries and states and express words that convey an intention of a group or their prime motivational force. Mottos are also adopted by families, businesses, companies, colleges and schools.
This simple guide to the translation of Latin Mottos will increase your Latin vocabulary and enable you to translate the most famous of all the Latin mottos or slogans.
History of Latin Mottos
The history of Latin mottos dates back hundreds of years. Royalty and nobility attached a meaningful legend, motto or slogan, to a heraldic design.
Mottos were invariably in the Latin language and encapsulated the ideals of a family. The use of such slogans became extremely popular in times of war when such phrases were used as a rallying cry such as "A Deo et rege" meaning 'For God and king" or the motto of a loyal patriot might have been "Patriae fidus" meaning 'Faithful to my country'.
The royal coat of arms of the English monarch features the French motto of English monarchs "Dieu et mon droit" meaning 'God and my right'.
The term Latin and the language derives from 'Latium' a region of Italy in which Rome was situated. The Latin language was spoken and written by the ancient Romans and many of the people who inhabited the Roman Empire. Latin mottos are therefore strongly associated with the Romans.
Latin Mottos - SPQR & "Strength & Honor"
The ancient Romans carried various ensigns and standards, the most famous being letters SPQR which stood for the Latin words 'Senatus populusque romanus' meaning the 'Senate and people of Rome'. In the movie "Gladiator" the motto of the legionnaires was "Strength and honor" in Latin, 'Virtus et Honor' which reflected the ideals that these Romans fought for.
Examples of Religious Latin Mottos
Latin Mottos reflected and encapsulated the ideals and motivation of different groups of people. Many Latin mottos represented religious beliefs and ideals such as:
"Auxilium meum a Domino" the motto meaning 'My help is from the Lord'
"Coelum non solum" the motto meaning 'Heaven not earth'
"Dei gratia" the motto meaning 'By the grace of God'
"Dei providentia juvat" the motto meaning 'Godís providence assists'
Examples of Military Latin Mottos
Examples of Latin mottos that reflected military ideals include:
United States Navy:"Non sibi sed patriae" the motto meaning in English 'Not Self, but Country'
United States Marine Corps: "Semper Fidelis" meaning in English 'Always Faithful'
US Army Rangers: "Sua Sponte" meaning 'of his, her, its or their own accord.'
Family Latin Mottos
Other Latin mottos reflected ideals and personal values. Examples of these personal and often family Latin mottos include:
Dum spiro spero - While I breath I hope
Facta non verba - Deeds not words
Faveat fortuna - Let fortune favour
Generousitas et victoria - Generous in victory
Honor et virtus - Honour and virtue
Ne quid falsi - Nothing false
Nunquam non paratus - Never unprepared
Probitate et labore - By honesty and toil
Nunquam obliviscar - I will never forget
Parea non servin - I obey but not as a slave
The definitions, translations and meanings of Latin Mottos included in this section may be accessed via the menu bar and include the following:
Amor vincit omnia
In Vino Veritas
|Utile Dulci||E pluribus unum||Carpe diem|
|Tempus fugit||Via, Veritas, Vita||Dei gratia|
|Libertas||Semper Paratus||Semper Fidelis|
|Sua Sponte||De oppresso liber||Imperium in imperio|
|Ars gratia artis||Eureka||Morituri te salutamus|
|Excelsior||Esse quam videri||Labor omnia vincit|
|Nil desperandum||Dum spiro, spero||Quo Vadis|
|Per aspera ad astra||Audaces fortuna juvat||Sui Generis|
| ||Deo volente|| |
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