Naming the Fishes

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tumblr_ljgna2csyu1qad6aso1_500Cai is a small name with a lot of meaning (literally!) Here are the reasons why:

  • It could be a Frisian short form of names like Gerhard “brave”, Nikolaus “victory of the people”, Cornelis “horn” and Gauis “happy.”
  • It is the Welsh form of Kay, Sir Kay was one of the Knights of the Round Table in Arthurian legend.
  • It could be related to the Frisian word Kaye meaning “hen, chicken.”
  • A possible short form of the Frisian name Kaimbe meaning “warrior.”
  • The short form of the name Cajetan deriving from the Latin name Caietanus meaning ‘from the town Caieta.”

And there are countless others if you are assuming it is the variant of Kai, a name that appears in a lot of places from Hawaii to Persia (Iran now).

And its a relatively uncommon name too, unlike the very similar Kai (#202 US, #56 UK, #167 The Netherlands). The only place I have been able to find Cai ranking is the UK at #349, there has been some usage in Nordic countries like Denmark and Norway but not enough for it to rank there.

Personally my favorite meaning out of these is the connection to King Arthur and his knights of the round table. What is yours?


5 comments on “Cai

  1. Blue Juniper
    April 3, 2013

    Ohh – I like this spelling much more than Kai!

    Loving your A-Z challenge posts so far :)

  2. Stefani
    April 3, 2013

    I have known 2 people with the name of Kai (a boy and a girl). I think I prefer the Cai spelling. :-)

  3. victoriabruce
    April 5, 2013

    Definitely King Arthur. My daughter, aged 6, has a HUGE crush on boy aged 9 named Kai. He is very dashing and she could do worse.

    • namingthefishes
      April 11, 2013

      Kai/Cai are pretty handsome aren’t they? And King Arthur is a pretty cool connection, I keep on finding names that I like that associated with the legend.

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