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What does Cal mean?

Cal Pronunciation of Cal [cal] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Cal) is pronounced kal. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Cal is "devotion". The Hebrew source probably refers to man's faithful companion, the dog (see Caleb). Also pet form of names beginning with Cal-, such as Calhoun, Callum and Calvin. In Northern Ireland it is a variant of Cathal. Baseball celebrity Cal Ripken, Jr.

Associated with: faithful, dog (wolf), ireland (gaelic).


4 related forms via Caleb, Calhoun, Callum, Calvin: Cale, Cayleb, Colum and Kaleb.

Creative forms:
(male) Ceal, Cel, ..

(female) Calo, Clie, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cal Keyon (C.K.), ..

How popular is Cal?

Cal is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#41793 out of 150436, Top 28%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Cal reached its highest position of #594 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #1257 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Caleb (#37 the previous year), Kaleb (#165), Calvin (#171), Callum (#683), Cale (#1274), Cayleb, Cathal and Calhoun are the popular varying forms of Cal (#1257 the previous year) appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Cal were popular as birth names in 2002 (median #1112) and are almost as popular today (#1065, down 14.3%). Callum, Kaleb and Caleb are three of the more trendy boy names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cal, Cale, Caleb, Calhoun, Callum in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Calvin, Cayleb, Kaleb in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Caleb, Callum, Calvin, Cathal, Kaleb outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cal is pronounced similarly to Cael, Caile, Cayle, Col, Cole, Coll, Colle, Cowal, Coyle, Kael, Kail, Kaile, Kale, Kayle, Kell, Kile and Kyle. Other recommended names are Cai, Cam, Cap, Carl, Caw, Caz, Dal, Gal, Hal, Pal, Sal, Tal and Val. These names tend to be more frequently used than Cal.