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What does Kale mean?

Kale Pronunciation of Kale [kale] as a name for boys is of English and Old German origin, and Kale means "free man". Kale is an alternate spelling of Cale (English): modern fashionable-sounding name of uncertain origin. Kale is also a variant of Karl (Old German): German variation of Charles.


Kale has 6 variants: Cael, Caile, Cayle, Kail, Kaile and Kayle.

12 more related forms via Cale, Karl: Carl, Karel, Karlan, Karle, Karlens, Karli, Karlin, Karlo, Karlos, Karol, Karoly and Karrel.

Creative forms:
(male) Kalet, Koale, ..

(female) Kame, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kale Kaeden (K.K.), ..

How popular is Kale?

Kale is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#9641 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Kale entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its highest position of #504 in the U.S. in 2008, and is at #1100 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Cael (#1240 last year), Cale (#1274), Carl (#600), Karl (#1082), Karlos and Karol are the prominent variation forms of Kale (#1100 last year). Other variants, like Kayle, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Kale was at its most widespread a century ago (average #1458) and is now much diminished (#1328, 93%), with forms like Karl becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kale, Cael, Cale, Carl, Karl in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karlos, Karol in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carl, Karl outside U.S.

Similar Names

Kale is pronounced similarly to Cal, Col, Cole, Coll, Colle, Coyle, Kael, Kell, Kelle, Kile and Kyle. Other recommended names are Bale, Beale, Cable, Dale, Dalle, Dayle, Earle, Fadle, Gaile, Gale, Hale, Halle, Hayle, Kacey, Kade, Kaden, Kagen, Kahn, Kai, Kain, Kalan, Kaleb, Kalen, Kaley, Kalil, Kalin, Kam, Kana, Kane, Kano, Kari, Kasee, Kasey, Kasie, Kato, Kay, Kayde, Kaye, Kayleb, Kayley, Kayne, Kealey, Kealy, Keane, Keye, Khaled, Kiley, Kobe, Kwame, Kylen, Kyler, Ladle, Lale, Lyle, Nagle, Neale, Nile, Olle, Pavle, Vale, Wole, Yale, Zale and Zayle. These names tend to be more commonly used than Kale.

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