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What does Cale mean?

Cale [cale] as a boys' name is pronounced kayl. It is of English origin. Modern fashionable-sounding name of uncertain origin. Possibly a surname, or a variant of Caleb. In Irish Gaelic it means "thin, slender". Race driver Cale Yarborough.

Associated with: modern, surname, slender (little).


Cale has 7 variants: Cael, Caile, Cayle, Kail, Kaile, Kale and Kayle.

Cale has 4 more alternative forms via Caleb: Cal, Cayleb, Kaleb and Kayleb.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Caeole, Catle, ..

(female) Caca, Caleca, ..

How popular is Cale?

Cale is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#9387 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name statistics of Cale for boys. Cale was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its top position of #624 in the U.S. in 2008, and is currently at #1095. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Cale and associated names. Caleb (#35 last year), Kaleb (#147), Kale (#972), Cael (#1102), Cal (#1340), Kayleb (#1424) and Cayleb are the popular related forms of Cale (#1095 last year) rated in the Top 2000. These relations of Cale were popular as baby names a decade ago (adoption of 0.8%) and are almost as popular today (adoption 0.7%, 19% less). Kaleb and Caleb are two of the more chic baby names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cale, Cael, Cal, Caleb, Cayleb in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kale, Kaleb, Kayleb in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Cale is alike in pronunciation to Col, Cole, Coll, Colle, Cowal, Coyle, Kael, Kell, Kelle, Kile and Kyle. Other suggested similar names are Bale, Beale, Cabe, Cable, Cace, Cade, Cadel, Caden, Caelen, Caide, Cailey, Caily, Cain, Caine, Caio, Caje, Calan, Calder, Caley, Cap, Card, Carew, Carley, Carly, Carr, Cary, Case, Cato, Caz, Chace, Chane, Chase, Che, Clare, Clem, Cleo, Colet, Coley, Crane, Cree, Daile, Dale, Dalle, Dayle, Eagle, Earle, Gable, Gaile, Gale, Gayle, Hale, Halle, Hayle, Karle, Lale, Lyle, Nagle, Nile, Pavle, Peale, Sable, Vale, Yale and Zale. These names tend to be more commonly used than Cale.