Gender: Masculine
Origin: Lithuanian
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.


  1. Kiaupa, Zigmantas; Jūratė Kiaupienė, Albinas Kunevičius (2000) [1995]. The History of Lithuania Before 1795 (English ed.).
  2. Urban, William (2006). Samogitian Crusade. Chicago: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center. pp. 170–171.
  3. http://day.lt/vardai/K%E6stutis
  4. http://www.lrytas.lt/?data=&id=11832768841182643783&sk_id=&view=4&p=4


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Lithuanian
(kass-MIH-nah; kes-MIH-nah)

The name is composed of the Lithuanian elements kęsti meaning “to suffer; to endure” or “smart” and minėti meaning “to refer to; to mention; to remember; to celebrate.” Its designated name-day is October 17, other forms of the name include Kęsminė and the masculine Kęsminas.

Kęsgailas, Kęsgailė

fingertip-pushups_533aOrigin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “to withstand suffering.”
(kas-GUY-lahs); (kas-GUY-lay).

The name is composed of the ancient Lithuanian elements kęs- (kęsti) meaning “to suffer” and gailas meaning “strong.” Hence it would roughly translate as “one who withstands suffering.” Its designated name-day is September 29.