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What does Cailin mean?

Cailin [cail-in] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Cailin) is pronounced KAY-lin. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Cailin is "girl". Possibly a contemporary variant of Cailean (Scottish). See also Kaylin.

Associated with: gaelic, scottish.


Cailin has 5 variants: Caelan, Caelyn, Caileen, Cailyn and Caylin.

Related girl name: Colleen.

Cailin has 15 more alternative forms via Kaylin: Kaelin, Kaelyn, Kailan, Kaileen, Kailene, Kailin, Kailyn, Kalan, Kalen, Kalin, Kalyn, Kaylan, Kaylen, Kaylinn and Kaylyn.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Cailinne, Cailna, ..

(male) Cailina, Caillen, ..

How popular is Cailin?

Cailin is a rare first name for females. Cailin is an equally rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name statistics of Cailin for girls. Cailin entered the list in 1990 and reached its top rank of #1161 in the U.S. in the year 1998, but is not ranked currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cailin name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cailin outside U.S.

Kailyn (#511 in 2014), Kaylin (#547), Kaelyn (#574), Kaylen (#1070), Kaylyn (#1209), Cailyn (#1333), Caelyn (#1715), Colleen (#1773), Kaylan, Kalin, Kaelin, Caylin and Kalyn are the popular varying forms of Cailin listed in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Cailin reached its apex a decade ago (usage of 0.2%) and is somewhat less today (usage 0.1%, 46.5% less), with forms like Colleen becoming somewhat dated. Kailyn is the most chic name for newborns among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cailin, Caelyn, Cailyn, Caylin, Colleen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kaelin, Kaelyn, Kailyn, Kalin, Kalyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kaylan, Kaylen, Kaylin, Kaylyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cailin and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Cailin is alike in pronunciation to Caelainn, Caelin, Cailen, Cailene, Cailynn, Caleen, Calen, Calin, Callan, Callen, Calyn, Calynn, Caoilainn, Caoilinn, Cauline, Cayelin, Cayleen, Caylen, Caylyn, Coline, Colline, Kallan, Kayelin, Keelin and Kylin. Other suggested similar names are Bailie, Cahlie, Caidie, Caila, Cailey, Cailie, Cain, Caisie, Caiti, Caitie, Caitilin, Caitlan, Caitlinn, Cali, Calina, Calli, Callia, Camrin, Caralin, Carilis, Carilyn, Carin, Carlan, Carlein, Carli, Carlia, Carline, Carmin, Catalin, Catrin, Caylie, Ceili, Ceilia, Celine, Chalon, Cili, Cilia, Ciline, Colina, Collina, Eilin, Hailie, Jaclin, Jalin, Kaitlin, Karlin, Katlin, Lailie, Madlin and Marilin. These names tend to be more frequently used than Cailin.