US Popularity:4816
Meaning:Slender; Mighty warrior
Kael is an Irish boy’s name most commonly derived from the Irish word coal, meaning “slender.” While this meaning might not evoke images of a fearsome warrior, Kael is actually the modern, Anglicized spelling of the ancient Irish name Cáel, a mythological figure who was a member of Fionn mac Cumhaill’s warrior band, the Fianna. Cáel was the son of a King and was said to have drowned during a seventeen-day battle to defend Ireland from European invaders. Kael is also linked to the Irish name Kellen, meaning “might warrior.” It is a great choice if you have Irish ancestry or if you want to give baby a name he’ll be proud of. While it might make some think of the green leafy vegetable, you’ll know that baby Kael is really the name for a legendary soldier.

Kael Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Kael is currently #1465 on The Bump
Boy:Kael is currently #412 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Kael is currently #4816 in U.S. births
Boy:Kael is currently #1430 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2022
- 395
from 2021
In comparison to the previous year's data
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