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Meaning and Name Origin

Cato \c(a)-to\ as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Cato) is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Cato is "all-knowing". Cato the Elder, born Marcus Portius, was a high-minded Roman statesman of the time of Julius Caesar.


Cato has 3 variants: Cayto, Kaeto and Kato.

Cato has 4 more different forms via Marcus: Marcas, Marco, Markos and Markus.


Cato is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#3192 out of 88799, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Cato and affiliated names. Marco (#308 a year ago), Marcus (#158) and Markus (#737) are the prominent variation forms of Cato (#unlisted). These boy names reached the peak of their popularity in 1994 and have become significantly less widespread since. Marco (#308), Marcus (#158) and Markus (#737) are three of the more trendy baby names among these, with Marcus having a rebound in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marco, Marcus, Markus in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Marcus, Markus outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cato is pronounced similarly to Coty. Other suggested similar baby names are Cade, Caeo, Caio and Cayo. Like Cato, these names are not frequently used.