What does Cain mean?
Cain [cain] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Cain) is pronounced kayn. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Cain is "acquired; spear". The same name in Welsh means "beautiful". Biblical: Cain, the firstborn son of Adam and Eve, killed his brother in jealous anger and became a wanderer in exile. Has a different source from the similar-sounding Kane or Cian.
(male) Canin, Chain, ..
(female) Caina, Cania, .. Middle name pairings:
Cain Nash (C.N.), ..
How popular is Cain?
Cain is an uncommon given name for men but a very popular last name for all people (#516 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Cain entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its highest position of #727 in the U.S. in the year 2014, and is at #743 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Kane (#430 the previous year), Kian (#487), Cian (#1198), Kaine (#1379), Kain (#1387), Caine and Kayne are the popular alternative forms of Cain (#743 the previous year). Adoption of these forms of Cain was at its apex in 2015 (average #1203). Kane, Kian and Cain are three of the more contemporarily stylish boy names in this list.
Cain▲ is pronounced similarly to Con, Conn, Cowan, Coyan, Coyne, Kahn, Keen, Ken▼, Kenn, Keon, Khan, Quin and Quinn▲. Other suggested similar names are Aarin, Arin, Bain, Blain, Brain, Cace, Cadan, Cael, Caeo, Cai, Caidon, Cailin, Caio, Cairn, Cairne, Cairo▲, Cal, Cale, Cam, Carl▼, Carmin, Cato, Caw, Caydin, Caz, Chaim▲, Chan, Chann, Chino, Cid, Corin, Craig▼, Crain, Craine, Crayn, Dain, Darin▼, Eadin, Eoin, Erin▼, Ewin, Fagin, Fain, Flin, Garin, Glin, Iain, Jamin, Jarin, Jasin, Kalin, Owin, Pain, Rain, Sabin, Talin, Tarin, Tavin, Twain, Wain, Win and Zain▲. These names tend to be more frequently used than Cain.See names in meaning and etymology.