Family name origins & meanings
- Greek : Reduced form of surnames prefixed with the epithet kakos ‘bad’, ‘mean’, for example, Kakopetros ‘Peter the mean’.
- Iranian : from a Persian personal name, Kaykaus, meaning ‘just’, ‘noble’. This was the name of a king of Iran (died 1058).
- Hungarian : habitational name from a place in Szatmár county.
- Hungarian : variant spelling of Kakas, from kakas ‘rooster’, hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble a rooster or a metonymic occupational name for a farmer who kept chickens.