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Meaning & History

Italian form of the Latin name Caietanus, which meant "from Caieta". Caieta (now called Gaeta) was a town in ancient Italy, its name deriving either from Kaiadas, the name a Greek location where prisoners were executed, or else from Caieta, the name of the nurse of Aeneas. Saint Gaetano was a 16th-century Italian priest who founded the Theatines.
Feminine FormGaetana
Other Languages & CulturesKajetán Czech Gaétan, Gaëtan French Cajetan History Kajetán Hungarian Caietanus Late Roman Kajetan Polish Caetano Portuguese Kajetán Slovak Cayetano Spanish


Saint Gaetano in a painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1736)Saint Gaetano in a painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1736)


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute