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What does Janus mean?

Janus Pronunciation of Janus as a boys' 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH roman, guardian (defender)


VARIANTS Gennadi, Gennaro, Janan, Janiusz, Januarius, Janusz, Jenaro, Jenarius, Jennaro

(male) Jenus, ..

(female) Jacis, ..

Janus Kilian (J.K.), ..

How popular is Janus?

Janus is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#13220 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Which version is better?

The only prominent alternative form of Janus (NOT RANKED) appearing in the Top 2000 is Gennaro. Adoption of this relation of Janus was at its apex a century ago. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gennaro in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Janus and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Janus is pronounced similarly to Janos, Jonas and Junius. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Caius, Faunus, Fawnus, Gaius, Jabes, Jagu, Jagur, Jairus, Jakub, James, Jan, Janak, Jancsi, Janek, Janesh, Janko, Janna, Janne, Jano, Janse, Jaques, Jaris, Jarius, Jasun, Jens, Jesus, Jones, Linus, Magnus, Magus, Manus and Rinus. These names tend to be more commonly used than Janus.