Kael is an attractive modern baby name for boys. With roots in classic Irish-Gaelic culture, Kael's bold spelling makes it a viable alternative to names like Kale and Cale. Kael Jai is the protagonist of the Kael Jai series, and Kael Sunstrider is a main character in the World of Warcraft series. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the name Kael:

Old Irish, Old Gaelic: Slender

Origin of the name Kael:

Kael is the modern short form of Kaelan. This name is an alternative spelling of Caelan (an anglicized form of Caolán). The short form of Caolán is also Cáel, and this name derives from the Old Irish root caol (meaning “slender”).

Symbolism of the name Kael:

Kael is the modernized spelling of the Irish diminutive Cáel. This nickname derived from the Old Irish root caol (meaning “slender”). In Irish mythology, Cáel was a legendary warrior who protected his homeland from invaders. The symbol of Cáel was the Inis Fáil (“island of destiny”) located on the iconic Hill of Tara in County Meath, Ireland.

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Gender of the name Kael:

Kael is a boy's baby name.

Pronunciation of the name Kael:


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Emotion evoked from the name Kael:

The name Kael evokes feelings of ability and aptitude.

Alternative spellings for the name Kael:

  • Khael
  • Cael 
  • Kail
  • Khail

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Popularity of the name Kael:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Kael was the 1,984th most popular baby name for boys in 2020.

Related names for the name Kael:

Great middle names for Kael and their meanings:

  • Anakin (soldier)
  • Bonner (gentle, courteous, handsome)
  • Dempsey (proud)
  • Esteban (wreath, laurel, crown)
  • Harold (army ruler)
  • Jeffrey (divine peace, pledge of peace)
  • Lewis (famous in battle, renowned warrior)
  • Maverick (independent, original, unique)
  • Rhett (advice, counsel)
  • Salman (safe, secure, protected)
  • Yuan (round, circular, spherical)
  • Zohan (gift, offering, prayer)

Famous people with the name Kael:

  • Kael Alford (photojournalist)
  • Kael Combs (football player)
  • Kael Jackson (singer)
  • Kael Klassen (writer)
  • Kael Mouillierat (ice hockey player)
  • Kael Weston (politician)

Kael in popular culture:

  • Kael Jai (protagonist of the Kael Jai series)
  • Kael Sunstrider (wizard in the World of Warcraft series)