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What does Kale mean?

Kale \k(a)-le\ as a name for boys is of English and Old German origin, and Kale means "free man". Kale is a variation of Cale (English): modern fashionable-sounding name of uncertain origin. Kale is also a variant of Karl (Old German): German form of Charles.


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

Kale has 14 more related forms via Cale, Karl: Carl, Karel, Karlan, Karle, Karlens, Karli, Karlin, Karlo, Karlos, Karlton, Karol, Karoly, Karrel and Karson.


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. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Kale for boys. Kale entered the list in 1998 and reached its highest position of #504 in the U.S. in 2008, and is at #972 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kale name in U.S.

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

Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Kale and affiliated names. Cael, Cale, Carl (#613 last year), Karl and Karson (#330) are the prominent variation forms of Kale (#972 last year). Usage of these boy names was at its most widespread in the year 2009 (usage of 0.3438%) and is now much less (usage 0.1808%, down 47.4%), with the forms Cael, Cale, Carl, Kale and Karl falling out of fashion. Karson (#330) is the most chic birth name here. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cael, Cale, Carl, Kale, Karl, Karson in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Kale is pronounced similarly to Cal, Cole, Kael, Kell, Kelle, Kile and Kyle. Other recommended similar baby names are Bale, Dale, Gale, Hale, Kade, Kaleb, Kalen, Kaley, Kane, Kaye, Kayley, Kealey, Kealy, Kiley, Lale, Vale, Yale and Zale. These names tend to be more commonly used than Kale.