Cato, Kato

Origin: Ancient Roman, Dutch, Hungarian, Japanese, African, Eastern African (Luganda), Ganda

Meaning: wise; “pure, chaste” or “each of the two; singly”; “torture” or “my consecration of your name”; “add/increase” + “wisteria”; “second of twins”

In Latin, Cato means wise and is the name of several Roman figures. It’s also the short of feminine names Catharina (Dutch) and Katalin (Hungarian), both of which come from Katherine which has several possible meanings: “pure, chaste” or “each of the two; singly”; “torture” or “my consecration of your name”. This would make it a unisex name.

Spelled Kato, it becomes a Japanese surname meaning “add/increase” + “wisteria” (加 藤 ); it’s also spelled  Katō or Katou. It would be pronouced “ka-to” rather than “kay-to”.

It’s also an African male name in Luganda meaning “second of twins”.