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PronouncedPron.GA-ee-oos Classical Latin
GIE-əs English

Meaning & History

Roman praenomen, or given name, of uncertain meaning. It is possibly derived from Latin gaudere "to rejoice", though it may be of unknown Etruscan origin. This was a very common Roman praenomen, the most famous bearers being Gaius Julius Caesar, the great leader of the Roman Republic, and his adopted son Gaius Octavius (later known as Augustus), the first Roman emperor. This name also appears in the New Testament belonging to a bishop of Ephesus who is regarded as a saint.
VariantCaius Ancient Roman
Other Languages & CulturesGaios Ancient Greek Gaios Biblical Greek Kai, Cai, Caj, Kaj, Kay Danish Kai Dutch Kai Finnish Kai, Kay Frisian Gaioz Georgian Kai, Kay German Kajus Lithuanian Kai, Cai, Caj, Kaj, Kay Norwegian Caio Portuguese (Brazilian) Kai, Cai, Caj, Kaj, Kay Swedish


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute