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What does Cain mean?

Cain Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: spear (warrior), beautiful (handsome), biblical.


Cain has 3 variants: Caine, Kain and Kaine.

7 more related forms via Cian, Kane: Cahan, Cahane, Cathan, Kahan, Kayne, Kean and Kian.

Creative forms:
(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)

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

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

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cain, Caine, Cian, Kain, Kaine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kane, Kayne, Kian in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cian, Kane, Kian outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.

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