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Quick Facts on Callan

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 785
Simple meaning:
Brave little battler

Characteristics of Callan

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Callan

Callan is a newly invented masculine personal name taken from a surname, Callen or Callan, which itself is the anglicized form of an old Irish clan name. The clan name O'Cathgalain essentially means “descendent of Cathgalain” whereby the etymology of the personal name Cathgalain can be found in the name’s Gaelic elements “cath” (battle), “gal” (brave), and “-ín” (an Irish diminutive to indicate smaller, younger, littler). Therefore the root meaning of Callan is “brave little battler” or “little battle-chief”. Cathalán mac Indrechtaig was a 9th century King of Ulaid (now known as the province of Ulster most of which resides in Northern Ireland today). Callan is also a place name in Ireland (County Kilkenny) which was supposedly named after Niall Caille who was a 9th century High King of Ireland. The King’s name was really Niall mac Áeda but he is often referred to as Niall Caille (Neil of the Callan) because Callan was the name of a river in Northern Ireland where he drowned during a flood. The surnames Callen and Callan are not very common and usage of them as forenames is super new.

Popularity of the Name Callan

Callen (with an “e”) first appeared on America’s Top 1000 list for baby boys in 2010. The name’s popularity seems to have been a direct result of popular-culture influence. Usage is being inspired by the character G. Callen on the new military drama series “NCIS: Los Angeles” which began airing in September 2009 (Callen is played by actor Chris O'Donnell). Then in 2011 Callan (with an “a”) appeared on the charts. Neither name is hugely popular but they seem to be entering our collective consciousness. Callen and Callan are reminiscent of other “Cal” names like Calvin, Callie or Caleb. Cal is an obvious pet form.
Popularity of the Boy Name Callan
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Callan

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    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Callan

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  • Popular Songs on Callan

    Popular Songs on Callan

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  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Callan

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Callan

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  • Famous People Named Callan

    Famous People Named Callan

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  • Children of Famous People Named Callan

    Children of Famous People Named Callan

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Personality of the Boy Name Callan

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Callan

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