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What does Cathal mean?

Cathal Pronunciation of Cathal [cathal] as a boys' name is pronounced KO-hal. It is of Irish, Gaelic and Celtic origin, and the meaning of Cathal is "battle rule". Name of a seventh-century saint in Italy.

Associated with: irish, battle (war), rule (king), saint.


Cathal has 1 variant: Cal.

Creative forms:
(male) Cathas, Cathell, ..

(female) Cathne, Cathra, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cathal Amarion (C.A.), ..

How popular is Cathal?

Cathal is a rare given name for men. Cathal is also a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Cathal reached its apex position of #31 in Ireland in 2005, and is at #69 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. The only other prominent related form of Cathal rated in the Top 2000 is Cal (#1257 in 2015). These relations of Cathal were favored a century ago and are almost as common today.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Antal, Cabell, Cadan, Cadel, Cadell, Cadfael, Cadfan, Cadman, Cadmar, Caedan, Caelan, Caesar, Cahan, Caidan, Calan, Callan, Cannan, Caolan, Capell, Cappel, Carman, Carmel, Caroll, Carvel, Carvil, Caryl, Caryll, Casar, Cash, Caspar, Cathan, Catlin, Cato, Catullo, Cavan, Cephas, Chad, Chai, Chan, Chap, Chas, Chaz, Cheval, Conal, Connal, Danal, Daneal, Danial, Danyal, Darral, Dathan, Deshal (see Deshan), Faical, Faisal, Faizal, Faycal, Faysal, Hamal, Jahmal, Jalal, Jallal, Jamaal, Jamal, Jammal, Kamal, Latham, Lathan, Manual, Marshal, Michal, Mishal, Natal, Nathan, Paschal and Randal. These names tend to be more commonly used than Cathal.

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