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Kaelen - suitable for both boys and girls?

(41 Posts)
KellyCZ Mon 13-Jun-11 20:10:03

Hello :-)

I'm 15 + 3 so don't know baby's sex yet. I love this name for a boy (wanted something gaelic). I can't find anything I like as much as this for a girl. It seems quite unisex to me...could I use it either way?

RitaMorgan Mon 13-Jun-11 20:10:58

Is it a real name?

Jezabelle Mon 13-Jun-11 20:30:00

Yes, well Caelan is a real name anyway. It's the gaelic form of Nicolas. I love it, but a boys' name, definitely.

bufforpingtonchick Mon 13-Jun-11 20:31:26

I like the original spelling for a boy, it's lovely. The adding of a K is a bit random, I'm not a fan of made-up sounding names.

KellyCZ Mon 13-Jun-11 20:37:01

sad I found it on some baby name websites, I didn't make it up.

I wouldn't want people to see the name and assume the child was a boy if it were a girl.

RitaMorgan Mon 13-Jun-11 20:41:42

Caoilinn is a girl's name (pronounced Keelin). I haven't heard Caelen/Kaelen.

Hulababy Mon 13-Jun-11 20:43:47

I have a younger (boy) cousin called Caelan and a teenage (boy) cousin called Keelan. I would. therefore, assume it is boy's name.

SoupDragon Mon 13-Jun-11 20:44:59

either way, don't spell it with a K

pepperrabbit Mon 13-Jun-11 20:49:53

I do know a boy called Keelan, so I personally would assume a boy.
Also it's the kind of name no-one would ever ever be quite sure how to spell, as someone with a perfectly simple complicated name, i can tell you how annoying I find it!

RitaMorgan Mon 13-Jun-11 20:51:27

If you want an Irish name this is a good site - it also has audio of the pronounciations.

SoupDragon Mon 13-Jun-11 20:51:41

no one is ever sure how to spell Jane/Jayne, assorted Catherines, Sarah/Sara....

mollymole Mon 13-Jun-11 20:52:50

spell it with a C and it's lovely - spell it with a K and it will look as if you can't spell or made it up or have no idea about where the name originates from

pepperrabbit Mon 13-Jun-11 20:55:46

Fair point soupdragon, though the little boy I know was introduced to my dad, who misheard the explanation that it was gaelic, and has called the poor child Garlic ever since....

SoupDragon Mon 13-Jun-11 20:56:48

Lol@garlic grin

KellyCZ Mon 13-Jun-11 21:00:56

Ok so it's a boy's name only. Very grateful for that feedback as really wasn't sure, never having met/heard of anyone of that name. Mmm yes i was concerned about the spelling issue. Very valid point. I'm also having difficulty because one side of baby's family will be Spanish and Brazilian and other side English. Finding something that won't confuse and get pronounced differently by each side is hard!

KellyCZ Mon 13-Jun-11 21:03:56

And thank you for the link ritamorgan smile

pepperrabbit Mon 13-Jun-11 21:05:22

Good luck finding something that crosses all those cultures smile

KellyCZ Mon 13-Jun-11 21:20:53

Maybe I'll go for Bob. Not much room for manoeuvre there.

EricNorthmansMistress Mon 13-Jun-11 21:29:03

It looks like a girls' name with the K. I'm not a fan of boys' names with random Ks. Caelen is quite nice though.

Jezabelle Mon 13-Jun-11 21:39:15

Caelan with an a before the n is the traditional spelling I believe! Was going to be DC2s name (DH permitting), but DC2 turned out to be a DD!

sorchatallulah Mon 13-Jun-11 21:45:09

Caolán is the traditional male spelling and I know two! I also know a male Keelan, although he's aware it's a girls' name (we're in Ireland) and makes a joke out of it! Caoilfhionn would be the right spelling for a girl, and is keel-in/kweel-in rather than kay-lan/kay-lon like the first.

KellyCZ Mon 13-Jun-11 22:16:19

My goodness. Poor baby already has 15 letters (7 syllables) in surname so Caoilfhionn, though beautiful, might be a bit unfair! And first surname starts Ca. Wish I'd married a Smith!

Jezabelle Tue 14-Jun-11 19:06:12

7 syllables?! Blimey!

Yes, go for Bob!

CaramelFreddo Tue 14-Jun-11 20:25:27

I know a boy and a girl named that.
Caolan for the boy and Keelin for the girl.

Fimbo Tue 14-Jun-11 20:27:36

I know a Kaylen, female but not from the UK,

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