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Gender: Male Meaning of Janus: "gateway" Origin of Janus: Greek

The name Janus is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "gateway". Janus and is often added to lists like Mythology Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Janus

Janus, King of Cyprus
Janus Friis, Danish founder of Skype and Kazaa

Pop Culture References for the name Janus

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

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ladimon Says:


I don't think the problem is that it sounds like Janice a bit, I think the problem is the anus.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Aw, why? Maybe if you change the spelling a bit your kid might not get teased as much... Uh Janis? Jannus? Jainus? Ugh... This name is so cool but I could never use it!

LostKid Says:


J Anus.

katinka Says:


In the UK this is pronounced "JAY-nuss", which I love, but unfortunately I can see it being problematic. In both look and sound it's just one letter away from "anus", which is never ideal...

Would make a lovely middle though, as long as the first name isn't Hugh!

Kiki Says:


I've always pronounced this name JAH-NUS, with soft J.

shellezbellez Says:


Wiki says Jay-nus, but in Louisiana, it's pronounced Jan-us (as in Krewe of Janus -- Mardi Gras).

Myosotis Says:


As far as I know JAY-nus.

DearestJules Says:


Is this pronounced like jay-nus or Janice?