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Calen is a unique modern baby name. Straightforward in tone, this name has become increasingly popular throughout the English-speaking world. Calen Harper is the titular protagonist of the Calen Harper series by D.A. Ricci, and Calen is also the name of a tourist destination in Queensland, Australia. Keep reading to learn more about this baby name.

Meaning of the name Calen:

Greek, Welsh: Pure lake
Greek, Scottish: Victory of the people
Latin: First day

Origin of the name Calen:

Calen is an invented name with several possible origins. Foremost, Calen may combine the names Caye and Lynn. Caye is a short form of Catherine (deriving from the Greek word καθαρός to mean “pure”). Lynn derives from the Welsh suffix –lyn (meaning “lake”). Calen is also an alternative spelling of Colin. This name is a Scottish short form of Nicholas (deriving from the Greek name Νικόλαος to mean “victory of the people”). Finally, Calen may also derive from the Latin word calend. This was the name for the first day of the month in the Old Roman calendar.

Symbolism of the name Calen:

Calen is a modern name that can mean “pure lake” or “victory of the people.” The name may also originate from the Latin word calend (meaning “first day”). In the Roman Empire, the calendae represented dates for which household stewards marked accounts due. This word is the origin of the Latin term calendārium as well as the modern word “calendar.” During antiquity, the symbol for this term was the dais or accounting stool.

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Gender of the name Calen:

Calen is a boy's baby name.

Pronunciation of the name Calen:


Number of syllables in the name Calen:


Emotion evoked from the name Calen:

The name Calen evokes feelings of clarity and commitment.

Alternative spellings for the name Calen:

  • Callen
  • Caelen
  • Calin
  • Calyn
  • Kalen 

Nicknames for the name Calen:

Popularity of the name Calen:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Calen was the 2,740th most popular baby name for boys in 2020.

Related names for the name Calen:

Great middle names for Calen and their meanings:

  • Atlas (bearer of the heavens, supporter, guide)
  • Brant (sword, firebrand, hill)
  • Creed (belief, vow)
  • Daniel (God is my judge)
  • Hunter (one who hunts)
  • Jace (healer)
  • Fitzgerald (son of the spear ruler)
  • Grant (great, tall, large)
  • Harvey (battle worthy)
  • Luke (light, man from Luciana)
  • Manuel (God is with us)
  • Randall (wolf shield)
  • Wade (ford, traverse, cross)

Famous people with the name Calen:

  • Calen Addison (ice hockey player)
  • Calen Carr (soccer player)
  • Calen Kinney (fiddler)
  • Calen Jarrett Lee (football player)
  • Calen Martin Legaspi (software developer)
  • Calen Kirin Meeks (actor)
  • Calen “Rudy” Ross (public figure)
  • Calen Sanderson (golfer)
  • Calen Stuckel (drummer)

Calen in popular culture:

  • Calen Harper (protagonist of the Calen Harper series by D.A. Ricci)
  • Calen, Queensland (coastal locality in Australia)