Janus Origin and Meaning

The name Janus is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "doorway".

The meaning of this ancient Roman god's name relates to transitions, hence its connection to the name of the first month of the new year, a time of fresh beginnings. Janus is usually depicted as a two-faced god facing in opposite directions, since he looks both to the future and the past. It's no surprise then, that Janus is one of the premiere January baby names. The Slavic form Janusz is more commonly used than the English, represented by the Polish cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, who has shot all of Steven Spielberg's films from Schindler's List to Lincoln.

But with January having been taken over by the girls, why not consider Janus? One caveat: it does sound a lot like the female Janice.

Janus Popularity

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Famous People Named Janus

  • JanusKing of Cyprus
  • Janus FriisDanish founder of Skype and Kazaa

Janus in Pop Culture

  • JanusRoman god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings.
  • Janusbirth name of the character Magus from the video game "Chrono Trigger"
  • Janus Weathercockpen name used by poisoner Thomas Griffiths Wainewright in his 1820,3 contributions to "The London Magazine"
  • Mr. Janusextraterrestrial whom Sir Peter Horsley met with according to his autobiography "Sounds From Another Room"
  • Janusone of the branches of the Cahill family in "The 39 Clues" book series, descended from Jane Cahill
  • Janus Prospero aka Alicefemale character in Resident Evil series