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What does Cailean mean?

Cailean Pronunciation of Cailean [cailean] as a boys' name is pronounced KA-len. It is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Cailean is "pup, whelp". Source form of Colin. Also a Scottish form of Columba that relates to Saint Columba (see Calum) as Crisdean does to Christ and Moirean to Mary.

Associated with: scottish, gaelic, saint.


Cailean has 1 variant: Cailin.

Affiliated boy names: Caelan and Callan.

1 more related form via Calum, Colin: Colan.

1 feminine form: Cailin.

Creative forms:
(male) Calean, Carlean, ..

(female) Caiten, Caiwen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cailean Leopold (C.L.), ..

How popular is Cailean?

Cailean is a rare first name for men. Cailean is a unique last name too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Caelan, Callan (#687 a year ago), Calum (#1920) and Colin (#172) are the popular variation forms of Cailean (not ranked) listed in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Cailean was at its most widespread 11 years ago (average #1381) and is somewhat lower today (#1194, down 43%). Callan is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns among these. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caelan, Callan, Calum, Colin in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Callan, Calum, Colin outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cailean is pronounced similarly to Caelen, Calan, Caolain, Caolan, Collen, Cullan, Cullen, Kaelan, Kalan, Kalen, Keilan, Keillan, Kilean, Kilian, Killean and Quillan. Other recommended names are Ailean, Caedan, Caidan, Caide, Caiden, Caidin, Caidon, Caile, Cailey, Caily, Cajetan, Caleb, Campian, Cannan, Carleton, Carlsen, Carlton, Carolan, Carsen, Catlin, Cayle, Cayleb, Chilton, Cillian, Cleon, Coleman, Colman, Daelan, Daivian, Daivyan, Dalan, Dallan, Dasean, Daylan, Dilan, Eilean, Emilyan (see Emil), Faelan, Filian, Fillan, Foillan (see Faolan), Galvan, Garlan, Gilean, Gilian, Gillean, Gilzean, Harlan, Jaylan, Karlan, Kiean, Marlan, Marsean, Neilan, Phinean, Salman, Silvan, Tallan and Taurean. These names tend to be more frequently used than Cailean.