Updated June 9, 2019

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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.