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What does Calhoun mean?

Calhoun Pronunciation of Calhoun [cal-houn] as a boys' name is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Calhoun is "the narrow woods". Place name. John Calhoun was a 19th-century American statesman, Vice President under Andrew Jackson, whose writings and ideas on states' rights contributed heavily to the Southern states' formation of the Confederacy.

Associated with: irish, narrow (little), woods (tree), 19th century.


Calhoun has 3 variants: Callhoun, Colhoun and Colquhoun.

Related boy name: Cal.

Creative forms:
(male) Cahoun, Calcon, ..

(female) Calon, Calron, ..

Middle name pairings:
Calhoun Dilan (C.D.), ..

How popular is Calhoun?

Calhoun is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#757 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Calhoun was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #1827 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Cal (#1257 from recent data) is the only other popular alternative form of Calhoun rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Calhoun was at its highest a century ago (median #1210) and is almost as widespread today.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Calhoun and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Calhoun is pronounced similarly to Calan and Callan. Other suggested similar names are Cadon, Cahan, Caidon, Callum, Calum, Calvin, Camdon, Camron, Cannon, Canon, Canyon, Cardon, Carlson, Carlton, Caron, Carson, Cason, Cathan, Caxton, Caydon, Cleon, Colbourn, Colson, Colton, Dashaun, Haroun, Malmun, Mamoun, Rashaun, Taroun and Varoun. These names tend to be more commonly used than Calhoun.

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