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Cesar is a popular classic baby name for boys. As a variation of one of the most well-known names in history, Cesar has enjoyed a resurgence in the United States and Latin America. Cesar Diaz is the name of a character in the On My Block series, and Cesar Velazquez is a character in the Orange is the New Black series. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the Name Cesar

Cesar is a Spanish, Portuguese, and Provençal variation of Caesar. The name Caesar originated as a Roman cognomen. Although the exact meaning remains disputed, many etymologists believe that it derives from either Latin word caesaries (meaning “hairy” or “head of hair”) or from the Latin word caesa or secare (meaning “cut” or “incised”).

Due to the fame of Julius Caesar, the name produced many variations that mean “emperor” or “ruler” (such as Kaiser in German, Tzar in Russian, and Qaisar in Arabic). Cesar is an alternative spelling of Caesar. During the Roman Empire, the symbol of Caesar was the laurel wreath of victory.

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Nicknames for Cesar

The name Cesar evokes feelings of royalty and rule. It can be a bit difficult to come up with a nickname for someone named Cesar, however we've compiled a list of options to get you started.

  • Ces
  • Czar
  • Cessie
  • CeeCee
  • Cee

Cesar Name Details

Style: Classic

Gender: Cesar is traditionally considered to be a boys name.

Pronunciation: SEE-sar

Syllables: Two

Alternative Spelling for Cesar

  • Caesar
  • Cezar
  • Caezar

Cesar Name Popularity

According to the Social Security Administration index, Cesar was the 386th most popular baby name for boys in 2021.

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Great Middle Names for Cesar and Their Meanings

  • Adriel (God is my help, flock of God)
  • Anders (masculine, manly, strong)
  • Bane (glorious defender)
  • Dante (steadfast, lasting, enduring)
  • Diego (supplanter, one who follows)
  • Gideon (feller, hewer, lumberjack)
  • Luis (famous warrior)
  • Kyrie (Lord have mercy)
  • Maxim (the greatest)
  • Maverick (independent, nonconformist)
  • Raymond (wise counselor, protective advisor)
  • Sergio (servant, protector, attendant)
  • Ulf (wolf man)
  • Zain (beauty, grace)

Famous People Named Cesar

  • Cesar Renato Baena (footballer)
  • Cesar Chavez (civil rights activist)
  • Cesar Soto Esquivel (boxer)
  • Cesar Felipe Millán Favela (television personality and dog trainer)
  • Cesar Abraham Vallejo Mendoza (poet)
  • Cesar Luis Menotti (footballer)
  • Cesar Julio Romero Jr. (actor)
  • Cesar Santos (artist)
  • Cesar Enrique Aguinaldo Virata (politician)
  • Cesar (dog food brand distributed through Mars, Incorporated)
  • Cesar Award (national film awards program in France)
  • Cesar Diaz (character in the On My Block series)
  • Cesar River (waterway located in Magdalena Basin, Colombia)
  • Cesar Velazquez (character in the Orange is the New Black series)
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