[ 2 syll. cai-lea(n), ca-ile-an ] The baby boy name Cailean is pronounced as KEY-LihN †. Cailean is used chiefly in Gaelic and Scottish. It is derived from Scottish and Old Greek origins. From Scottish roots, its meaning is whelp, puppy. Its meaning is derived from the word 'coileán'. The name has been popular with the Clans Campbell and MacKenzie. Like the name Calum, it has sometimes been used in tribute to Saint Columba.
Cailean is a variant of the name Colin (English, Scottish, and French) in the Scottish language.
Cailean is uncommon as a baby boy name. It is not listed within the top 1000. In 2018, within the family of boy names directly related to Cailean, Colin was the most popular.
Baby names that sound like Cailean include Calin, Kalin, Kalyn, Kaylin, Kaylyn, Kaylynn, Caelan, Calam, Calan, Calhoon, Calhoun, Calhoune, Calim, Callan, Callhoun, Callin, Callum, Callyn, Calum, and Calvien.
† English pronunciation for Cailean: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"