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Janus meaning and name origin

Janus \j(a)-nus\ as a boy's name is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Janus is "gateway". Janus was the Roman guardian of doors as well as of beginnings and endings. He had two faces, one of which looked forward and the other backward, and gave his name to the first month of the year, January. A Saint Januarius was martyred in the fourth century AD.

Janus has 9 variant forms: Gennadi, Gennaro, Janan, Janiusz, Januarius, Janusz, Jenaro, Jenarius and Jennaro.

Janus is also pronounced similarly to Janos, Jonas and Junius. Other suggested similar baby names are James, Janak, Jancsi, Janek, Janesh, Janko, Janse, Jens, Jones and Manus.

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Popularity of Janus

Janus is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#16487 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

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