Pontius means "marine" or "relating to the sea." It can be used as a name, both first and last. People named "Pontius" include;

  • The Greek name for Pontic Greeks
  • Gaius Pontius, Samnite commander and victor at the Battle of the Caudine Forks, believed ancestor of Pontius Pilate
  • Pontius Telesinus Roman commander loyal to the Populares during Sulla's second civil war. Commanded the Populares forces at the Battle of the Colline Gate where he was killed in the action.
  • Pontius Aquilia, a tribune that lived at the time of Julius Caesar
  • Pontius Fregellanus, a man of senatorial rank. He was involved in an adultery scandal at the time the Emperor Tiberius, died in March 37
  • Gaius Petronius Pontius Nigrinus, became consul at the time the Emperor Tiberius died in March 37
  • Pontius Pilate (Latin: Pontius Pilatus), Roman governor of Judea, according to the Bible and the secular Cornelius Tacitus (senator and a historian of the Roman Empire) he presided over the trial of Jesus Christ
  • Pontius of Carthage, deacon in Carthage, early Christian writer from the middle of the 3rd century, who wrote a description of the life of Church Father Cyprian of Carthage
  • Pontius, saint and Bishop of Barbastro
  • Paulus Pontius, artist
  • Chris Pontius, actor in Jackass television series
  • Chris Pontius (soccer), American soccer player for D.C. United