Other Origin(s):Dutch, Latin
Meaning:Basket hamper; Dog
Canisius is a Swiss name for boys with contested meanings. In Dutch, _kanis_ means “basket hamper” and could make Canisius an occupational name to refer to a peddler. It’s likely that this may have become familiar to the Swiss with the advent of Dutch trade across Europe. However, in Latin, _canis_ means “dog.” Latin was introduced to the country as a result of the Roman conquest and has evolved into Romansh, one of the national languages of Switzerland. Several educational institutions and noteworthy priests also bear this name, including the prolific Peter Canisius, who is largely attributed to the restoration of the Catholic Church in Germany. So, choosing Canisius can encourage your little one to go beyond what is expected of them and to follow their heart.
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