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What does Cailin mean?

Cailin Pronunciation of Cailin [cailin] 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.

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

Creative forms:
(female) Cailan, Cailna, ..

(male) Cailan, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cailin Ann (C.A.), ..

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)

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. (2015 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.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Kaelyn (#521 in 2015), Kaylin (#619), Kailyn (#658), Kaylen (#1195), Kaylyn (#1270), Cailyn (#1343), Colleen (#1825), Kaylan, Kalyn, Kalin, Kaelin, Caelyn and Caylin 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 has become significantly reduced since (usage 0.1%, 53.3% less), with forms like Colleen becoming somewhat dated.

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.

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