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Boy Name: Janus

Name: Janus
Pronunciation: \j(a)-nus\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: gateway
Origin: Latin
Sounds Like: Janos, Janse, Jens, Jonas, Jones, Junius
Variant forms: Gennadi, Gennaro, Janan, Janiusz, Januarius, Janusz, Jenaro, Jenarius, Jennaro
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 16487


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.

Baby names that sound like Janus are Janos, Janse, Jens, Jonas, Jones and Junius.

View a list of the 2 names that reference Janus.


Janus is not a popular first name for men but a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#16487 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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