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What does Cale mean?

Cale \c(a)-le\ 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.


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

Cale has 5 more alternative forms via Caleb: Cal, Cayleb, Kaleb, Kayleb and Kaylob.


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)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Cale for boys. Cale was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its top position of #624 in the U.S. in 2008, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 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), Cal and Cael are the popular related forms of Cale rated in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the height of their popularity in the year 2008 (usage of 0.4817%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.3077%, down 36.1%), with the versions Kale, Cale, Cael and Cal becoming less in vogue. Caleb (#35) and Kaleb (#147) are two of the more chic baby names in this list, with Caleb having a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cael, Cal, Cale, Caleb, Kale, Kaleb 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, Coyle, Kile and Kyle. Other suggested similar baby names are Bale, Cabe, Cable, Cace, Cade, Cailey, Caily, Caje, Caley, Case, Cleo, Coley, Dale, Gale, Hale, Lale, Vale, Yale and Zale. These names tend to be more commonly used than Cale.