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What does Cato mean?

Cato /cato/ 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 1 more different relation via Marcus: Marco.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Caco, Coto, ..

(female) Cada, Cado, ..

How popular is Cato?

Cato is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#4125 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name history of Cato for boys. Cato reached its peak rank of #1564 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cato name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cato outside U.S.

Marco (#308 via latest list) and Marcus (#158) are the prominent variation forms of Cato. These relations of Cato were favored by parents in the year 1994 (average #753) and are somewhat less widespread today (#822, 45.7%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cato, Marco, Marcus in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Cato is pronounced similarly to Coty. Other suggested similar names are Alto, Amato, Arto, Balto, Cabe, Cabot, Cace, Cade, Cadmo (see Cadmus), Cadoc, Cadog, Cadon, Cael, Caeo, Cai, Cain, Caio, Cairo, Caje, Cal, Cale, Cam, Canon, Cap, Capp, Card, Carl, Carlo, Caron, Carr, Cary, Case, Cash, Cason, Cass, Castor, Caw, Caxton, Cayo, Caz, Chano, Chayo, Ciro, Claro, Cleo, Cleto, Como, Guto, Otto, Plato, Rito, Santo, Tito and Vito. These names tend to be more frequently used than Cato.