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Quick Facts on Casey

  • Gender:
  • Unisex
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Casey

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Casey

Casey is derived from a common old Irish-Gaelic name Cathasach which means “vigilant” (particularly when at war). It has been quietly used in Ireland for centuries, and then made famous in the United States in the early 1900s by “The Ballad of Casey Jones”, a melody which told the story of a brave locomotive engineer’s collision with another freight train (sacrificing his own life in the interest of saving another) raising him to levels of folk hero status in America. Casey has since become a unisex name and is generally used for both genders. Currently, Casey is the 86th most popular girl’s name in Northern Ireland. In the United States, Casey is more popular for boys than for girls but is used freely on either gender.

Popularity of the Name Casey

The name Casey was first used on little boys starting in the late 1800s, but didn’t really stick to the charts until 1908 (right around the time that The Ballad of Casey Jones was gaining nationwide popularity on vaudeville). After the name’s brief pop-culture influence, it went back into hibernation and dropped off the male naming charts throughout the 1920s and 30s. Casey returned to the charts again in 1944 and this time showed impressive growth in usage. By 1978, Casey was a Top 100 favorite boy’s name. Meanwhile, on the female naming charts, the name made her debut in 1967, shadowing the success of her male counterpart. Never quite as popular for girls as the name has been for boys, it is still one of those truly androgynous unisex names that works equally well on boys and girls. Clearly, for both sexes, the height of Casey’s popularity was the 1980s. However, as we’ve turned into this new century, Casey has fallen from fashion and is no longer a heavily used name. Even though Casey is a bonafide Irish given name, it feels like a nickname which gives it an informal and casual quality. It definitely works on either gender thanks to successful usage on both sides of the sexes. It’s sweet yet cool on a boy; and cute yet slightly tom-boyish for a girl.
Popularity of the Unisex Name Casey
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Casey

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Casey

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Casey

    Casey We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Casey.

  • Popular Songs on Casey

    Popular Songs on Casey

    Casey - a song by Darren Hayes

    Casey - a song by Jupiter Sunrise

    Casey Jones - a song by The Grateful Dead

    Casey Jones - a song by Johnny Cash

    The Ballad of Casey Jones - an old folksong about the famous railroad engineer

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Casey

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Casey

    Casey and Derek on the Ice (Marty Sederman) - After Casey wins the face off, it's up to Derek to make the tying goal. Can he do it ? The fans are on their feet as he speeds down the ice. He cuts inside, splitting the defense. He's about to shoot. Then CRASH! Here is a hockey yarn sure to bringreaders to their feet cheering for the underdogs. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 (Ernest L. Thayer) - “The outlook wasn't brilliant / for the Mudville nine that day: / The score stood four to two / with but one inning more to play...” Since 1888 Casey at the Bat has been read and loved by baseball fans around the world. Now Mighty Casey has been brought to life by celebrated illustrator C. F. Payne, who captures the old-fashioned fun of an afternoon at the ballpark for a brand-new generation. Publishers Weekly says: “Penned in 1888, Thayer's classic ballad is still as fresh as a rookie pitcher; it has earned its place in the Read-Aloud Hall of Fame. Though the style is slightly formal and young audiences may not catch every word ("upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat"), no one will miss the gist of the tale.” A home-run effort. Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Casey Back at Bat (Dan Gutman) - “Let's put our hands together! Now batting for Mudville . . . Casey.” America has been waiting for this mighty ballplayer to step up to the plate and right his wrong that left Mudville in a state of gloom. Now, in this humorous, seam-splitting sequel to Ernest Lawrence Thayer's "Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic," award-winning author Dan Gutman offers Casey what any failed sports hero most desires—a second chance. Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher bring fans the tense excitement of a thrilling game with their fabulous art and inventive design. All eyes will be on Casey as he comes back to bat. . . . Will he finally bring joy to Mudville? Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Casey in the Bath (Cynthia DeFelice) - Casey's bathtub becomes another world! Cynthia DeFelice's Casey in the Bath first appeared in Cricket magazine and is one of her most popular stories -- asked for again and again by children who know her as a professional storyteller. Now, for the first time, the story appears in picture book format with lively illustrations by Chris L. Demarest. Casey, a reluctant bather, finds himself with no soap except a bottle of green bath gel that his mother bought that morning from an odd salesman. Squirting out the gel, Casey discovers that it produces green bubbles that turn into green playmates. Casey has a blast with them! By the time he runs out of the gel, the salesman returns with purple toothpaste and the guarantee of even more fun in this lark about the joys of keeping clean -- and of using the imagination. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Casey Little Yo-Yo Queen (Nancy Belgue) - Casey will have to do a lot of pet-sitting to earn the money she needs to buy Lightning, a beloved horse. Her hopes of buying Lightning are dashed when she learns that his owner has found a buyer and must sell the horse immediately. Across the street from Casey's house a mystery unfolds as a seldom-seen woman who seems to be able to read minds prepares to host a carnival and a yo-yo contest that boasts a $1500 prize. Casey's yo-yo is buried in her closet. She has a great talent and a greater case of stage fright. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Casey Webber the Great (Hazel Hutchins) - Ten-and-a-half-year-old Casey Webber is determined to be the greatest magician ever. Then he discovers the old jacket he used to dress up in as a little kid. He slips it on... and disappears! Suddenly his magic career is off and running! Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Casey, the Utterly Impossible Horse (Anita MacRae Feagles) - Casey chooses Mike for his pet boy, and Mike finds himself with a talking horse who likes to wear pajamas. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Mighty Casey (James Preller) - The epic poem “Casey at the Bat” is recast for the T-ball set with much hilarity; this time, Casey comes out a winner! Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Casey

    Famous People Named Casey

    Famous People Named Casey - Casey Affleck (actor); Kemal "Casey" Kasem (radio personality); Charles "Casey" Stengel (baseball player); John Luther "Casey" Jones (railroad engineer); Casey Attwood (racecar driver); Casey Abrams (American Idol contestant); Casey Anthony (notorious); Casey Blake (baseball player); Casey Dellacqua (Australian tennis player); Casey Fossum (baseball player); Casey Hampton (football player); Casey Kotchman (baseball player); Casey McGehee (baseball player); Casey Mears (racecar driver); Casey Rabach (football player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Casey

    Children of Famous People Named Casey

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Casey - Beau Bridges (actor); Kris Kristofferson (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Casey - Unisex Baby Name - Historic Figures

    John Luther "Casey" Jones (14 Mar 1864 – 30 Apr 1900) - Casey Jones is arguably the most famous railroad engineer in American history. He was made famous by an epic folksong called “The Ballad of Casey Jones” (written in tribute by a black engine wiper who had been a devoted friend to Jones). Casey Jones actually received his nickname from the town from which he hailed, Cayce, Kentucky. He was a loveable, teetotaling Irish family man known for his signature whistle sound which let the people know it was him blowing through their towns. On the night of April 29 and early morning of April 30, 1900, Casey Jones was a last minute substitute for another engine driver who wasn’t feeling well. Doubling back from where he came, Casey was on a light “Cannonball” train with only his fireman as a fellow passenger. Intent on getting to his destination in record time, his train was going at 70 miles an hour around a blind curve. Up ahead on the tracks was a stalled freight train. Casey Jones told his fireman to jump, and he collided into the caboose while holding the train’s throttle in one hand and the whistle in the other. His friend Wallace Saunders immortalized him in song which quickly spread the country (especially after vaudeville musicians adopted it) and Casey became a folk hero. The lyrics sing in part: “May his spirit live forever throughout the land / As the greatest of all heroes of a railroad man.”

Personality of the Unisex Name Casey

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Casey

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