Meaning: “suffer; cope; endure.”
The name is derived from the Lithuanian element, kęsti meaning “to suffer, to cope; to endure.” This element appears in several other ancient Lithuanian male names, such as Kęstas, Kęstaras and Kęstautas.
The name was borne by a Lithuanian Grand Duke of the Middle Ages, who ruled alongside with his brother, Algirdas.
Other forms include:
- Kastut/Kestut/Kestutsi Кестут, Кестуці (Belarusian)
- Ķēstutis (Latvian)
- Kiejstut (Polish)
- Kēstotis (Saimogaitian)
The designated name-day is February 21.
- Kiaupa, Zigmantas; Jūratė Kiaupienė, Albinas Kunevičius (2000) . The History of Lithuania Before 1795 (English ed.).
- Urban, William (2006). Samogitian Crusade. Chicago: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center. pp. 170–171.