Meaning and Name Origin
Gaetano \ga(e)-ta-no\ as a boys' name is of Italian and Latin origin, and the meaning of Gaetano is "from Gaeta". Italian form of Latin Caietanus, referring to a person from Caieta (now Gaeta), a city in southern Italy. According to legend, the place was named after Aeneas' nurse, Caieta, who died there. Caieta may also derive from Kaiadas, a Greek place for the execution of prisoners. The name of a 16th-century Italian saint Cajetan, who helped the poor of Naples.
Gaetano is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#26574 out of 88799, Top 30%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Gaetano for boys. Gaetano entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its peak rank of #739 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)