Quick Facts on Cael
- Celtic, Gaelic, Irish
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KALE; sometimes kay-EL
Etymology & Historical Origin - Cael
Cáel is an ancient Irish name, from the Irish-Gaelic adjective “caol” meaning “slender”. It was borne by a mythical character in Irish folklore. Cáel was a member of the Fianna, the legendary Irish warriors who, led by Fionn Mac Cumaill (Finn MacCool), protected their homeland of Éire. According to legend, Cáel fell in love with a Dannan woman named Créde the Fair (Dannan were known as the “people of the goddess Danu”, among the first Gaelic people to arrive in Ireland). Créde was one of the fairest women of all off Ireland so she was constantly turning away many eager suitors, but it was Cáel who finally won her hand with his beautiful poetry. Créde joined Cáel at the Battle of Ventry, a battle where Fionn Mac Cumaill called upon the Fianna to defend Ireland against foreign invaders from mainland Europe. During the course of the seventeen day battle, Cáel tragically drowned as he pursued his enemy to sea. During his burial, the grief-stricken Créde laid herself next to her dead husband and died of sorrow. Cáel remains an obscure Irish masculine name; it no longer shows up on any English-speaking baby name lists. However, it was recently resurrected in the United States, probably in reaction to similar sounding names Kale and Cale.
Popularity of the Name Cael
Although ancient in Ireland, Cael is a new 21st century name in America. This baby boy’s name did not appear on the charts until very recently in 2002. In the past 10 or so years, Cael has remained at or near the bottom of the Top 1000 list of name choices. Impeding his success to a certain extent is the competition from names like Kale, Cale and Kael. Cael, however, is really the most Irish. Some parents may be drawn to this spelling for that reason alone. Aside from Cael’s connection to Irish mythology, it is also the name of the archangel associated with the astrological sign of Cancer. From this perspective, Cael is an angel of domestic bliss and nurturing love.
Popularity of the Boy Name Cael
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Cael
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Cael
Cael We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Cael.
Popular Songs on Cael
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Cael
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Famous People Named Cael
Famous People Named Cael - Cael Sanderson (wrestler)
Children of Famous People Named Cael
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Cael - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Cael
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Cael