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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Cade
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Cade in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Cade:
Records indicate that 21,438 boys in the United States have been named Cade since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 2001, when 1,812 people in the U.S. were given the name Cade. Those people are now 16 years old.
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Comments about the name Cade
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56 Positive Comments
"I named my son Cade in 1991. I wanted something different and strong. I searched data bases and books and found that it was a rarely used name, in fact there were only 3 in our state in 20 years. After I named him, it blew up in our area. Within 4 years of him graduating 6 graduated after him. SMH..." Dec. 6, 2017:
"I'm called Cade, born in 1992 and I love it! It is unique but not enough to get picked on for and I've only met one other Cade in real life. The only problem I have is that is it misheard as "Kate" or pronounced like "Katie", otherwise its a strong name" Feb. 11, 2017:
"I am a Cade, born in 2002. My name, being 2 C's, is confusing to many. My last name especially. Being a Cade just makes me feel smarter. I've done so much to perfect everything I do, and I just love my name, I've only had one other person in any of my classes be named Cade, although it was with a K." Jun. 28, 2016:
"We named our son Cade Victor born March of this year. It was one of the only names we could agree upon that was unique enough without being to strange. We liked the strong masculine tone however we to find ourselves having to repeat and spell it out. Who would have thought a four letter name would be so difficult for people to grasp." Jul. 1, 2014:
"I am going to name my son Cade! Love the name, it sounds so strong!" Jan. 2, 2012:
"My son is 20 months and his name is Cade. We LOVE the name!" Mar. 3, 2011:
"My name is Michael Cade escobedo 16 years old born 1994 and I love my name. Even though its my middle name I always tell people to call me case because there are enough Michael's and only at least 2 cades in my city of 10,000 or more people and as I'm reading all these comments I recognised allot of things I went through to explain to the people who first hear my name what I said but the way I do it is I say "like arcade without the ar" and its worked pretty well so far. I really like that over the years of me telling other people my name that someone who met me three years ago and who's name I don't even rember points me out of a crowd of kids and comes over to to me. I like that my name is still unique enough that someone will remember me clearly just because of it. To all the parents who name their kids cade you just made him the most. Well known kid in" Jan. 14, 2011:
"My 2 yr old is Cade Ryan. I love the name but people do think its Code, Kate, or Cain. It's a very strong name and not many Cade's around, but lots of Kaden's" Sep. 7, 2010:
"I was born in March of 1976 and my name is Cade. The name's origin is Irish and is traditionally spelled with a "C" even though it seems to be evolving into new spellings now. People rarely pronounced it correctly the first time when I was growing up. Teachers would always say "Katie" or "Cad" or I've even had on occassion Code & even Chad? not sure where they get the H from but now that I'm older I hear the name getting more common. I have to say I really don't like that the name is becoming more common. I felt it was a unique name (named after my Great Grandpa) and no one had really ever heard of it but now I get more and more people telling me they have a grandson or nephew named Cade. Oh Well! I guess that's how life goes, something that is great has to be followed by others until it is no big deal anymore. Someday when I'm 80 I'll probably be able to buy a keychain with my name on it finally." Aug. 27, 2010:
"My son Cade was born in 1994. We had never heard of anyone else with the name, and in fact Cade was the last name of a character in a book I was reading when I was pregnant, which is where I got the idea. My family gave me a really hard time, but I didn't listen to them. There is no accounting for taste! Indeed 16 years later, it is a great name and I have no regrets. BUT people do have a tendency to pronounce it "Katie" and sometimes "Code". Girls especially love to pronounce it "Katie", as has his Tae Kwon Do instructor for years. When he was young it bothered him a little, but now that he is 16 he doesn't think twice about it, and he really loves his name." Mar. 18, 2010:
"I named my son Cade Walker in July 2000 because his father and I fell in love with the name. It is so masculine and strong. Everyone loves it!" Mar. 8, 2010:
"Our son Cade was born in Sept 2006 and it was the only name my husband and I agreed on for our second son. Everyone loves the name except you do have to spell it at first for those who have never heard it. It seems to fit him well and we got the name because our older son went to preschool with a Cade who was named after the football player. I loved the name as soon as I first heard it and was so glad my husband agreed!!" Mar. 5, 2010:
"i must be the oldest living "Cade" as I'm in my 40's now. i've always thought it was a cool name. now everyone seems to agree with me." Feb. 24, 2010:
"We are planning our second child and if it a boy we will call him Cade Christopher...we both LOVE the name and the meaning someone else found happy and blessed" Dec. 29, 2009:
"My son is Cade Erickson born Oct 09, I had never even heard the name until I stumbled across it online and my husband fell in love with it...within minutes after he was born I let my husband decide the final choice between cade and evan and of course he chose Cade...he is now 2months old and I LOVE the name- so glad I let him name our son and hopefully it wont get too trendy because I love the uniqueness as well...HA HA we also have to spell his name out to most all people who ask his name, its rountine now to say Cade...C-A-D-E hahaha" Dec. 29, 2009:
"My son, Cade Aaron was born in June 2000. We got the name idea from the UCLA quarterback, Cade McNown...great strong sounding name!" Oct. 25, 2009:
"Our first son is Cade(born 2004). Seventeen years ago, my friend married a Cade(now42). I loved the name and knew I would name my first son Cade. I loved the name so much, I named my Great Dane - Quaid (didn't want the dog and my son to have the same name). People ask me to pronounce and spell it all the time. I don't mind one bit. We have met a few other Cade's around but not many." Oct. 16, 2009:
"We named our son Cade Erich in Jan 2006.
Funny, my husband liked that name as he used to watch a show- guys name was Cade Foster.
The name has grown on me since the 1st time I heard it and find it so unique..
only thing is people find it hard to understand...my son has been called Kaden, Kate, Kane....LOL" Jun. 24, 2009:
"In the fall of 1985 my mother named my brother Cade after a dear friend by the name of Bill Cade. Bill himself is a fairly well known folk musician and a good guy. I believe my brother is very likely the ground-zero Cade. Over the years, people would comment on the uniqueness of his name and it began to get back to us that they had given the name to one of their own children. Mom, unwittingly, started a trend." Apr. 28, 2009:
"I had my Cade in 2000. He loves it. Some people think it should be spelled Kade. Last year in his class he had a girl named Caden, and girl whose last name was Cade as well as himself. In fottball this past year, there was a Brayden, Cade, Kayden, Jayden and Jay. Say that 10 times fast!" Mar. 24, 2009:
"I named my son Son Cade in 1996, He is now 12 and is disappointed that he is no longer the only Cade around. That's how we found this site..We were in Walmart last night and I called out to him and another younger boy responded. So we had to rush home to google his name to find out just how many of them were there. To his delight, he's one of the 1st 500 to be named this. I came across this name at work looking at an account in TX. I was pregnant at the time and decided on Tristan, but often found other pregnant women naming their sons this as well. Our last name is Catalano, so when I said the 2 names out loud together I felt they sounded perfect together. Very Strong sounding. At first, his dad was against it, but he realized Tristan was becoming very popular and we didn't want him to be one of say 3-4 in his class. Surely no one else would be named Cade!! We too, have to spell it out to new people and he loves his name as it is, as it's spelled. Cade wants to add to this post, he would like everyone to stop namimg their children Cade so he can stay unique. I assured him he's probably always going to be one of the oldest "Cade's" around and with his last name combined, he's going to stand out even more!" Mar. 22, 2009:
"I named my son Cade in 2000. There is usually at least one other child named Cade at daycare/schools he has attended - but never many. He likes his name and likes that it is uncommon. I've had lots of strange comments "you named your boy, Kay?" and of course, "huh?". I've taken to saying, "Cade with a 'D'" and he usually spells his name when he hears the huh...Most people comment that they like/love the name." Jan. 30, 2009:
"Named my son Cade in 2000. He loves it's uniqueness. You do get the odd time people call him Kate, but he thinks that's funny anyway.
Yet to meet another Cade (we're in the UK)." Jan. 21, 2009:
"I named my son Cade in 1999 after hearing of the quarterback Cade McNown. We've yet to meet another Cade so it's still pretty unique. In a school of 550 kids - he's the only Cade. He loves his name but people always think it should be spelled with a K instead. We also get the "huh?" but after we do the spelling everyone always says "Oooo, I like that!" No regrets for naming him Cade." Jan. 20, 2009:
"I named my oldest son Cade in 1989, it was actually an old family name,my grandmother suggested it to me and I fell in love with it instantly, almost as fast as I fell in love with him. He reaaly likes it too now, but when he was little, he did seem to think people were calling him Kay. He currently goes by mynameiscade on web handle." Nov. 28, 2008:
"My husband and i have decided on the name Cade for our little boy who is due to be born in December, i'm not sure how we r going to spell it yet, either Kade, Kaid, Caid or cade......" Nov. 8, 2008:
"I LOVE this name!! if we have a boy I will definitely call him Cade. Its strong, and unique. I also like Tate and Cole." Aug. 15, 2008:
"Our baby boy is due Sept 13, 2008 and we have chosen Cade as a middle name. We chose it after Cade's Cove in the Smoky Mtns. That is one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen. We have had several people comment on it. Either they like it, or they don't. We are choosing the first name Memphis." Jul. 12, 2008:
"We named my son Cade in 2004. I am continually spelling it for new people we meet, but once you get used to saying it and knowing him as Cade, it's a great name!" Jul. 11, 2008:
"LOVE it... it is my husband's name and I've never met another Cade which is appropriate because I've never met anyone like him." Apr. 8, 2008:
"Its the name of a character in Gone With the Wind! I love it." Feb. 1, 2008:
"I absolutly love the name...my nephew is named Cade & everyone at his daycare say they love it cause its unique & cute!!!" Jan. 24, 2008:
"I think the name Cade is very unique and not one of those names that there will be "two or three" of in a child's class. My wife and I are seriously considering naming our baby Kincade and calling him Cade." Jan. 17, 2008:
"If you've ever seen Cade's cove in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, it's beautiful... just another reason. :)" Nov. 14, 2007:
"My son is 6 years old and his name is Cade we do get alot of huhs? So my six year old will automatically say my name is cade and then spell out c a d e cade.People seem to love the name.
We meet alot of cadens. MY son loves his name" Jul. 15, 2007:
"I had a little boy in December 2006 and named him Cade. I am a school teacher and my 8th grade students all said that it was a name that you really couldn't make fun of (which was good news since 8th graders can seem to make fun of almost anything!) The only downside is that people will often say "huh?" when you first tell them the name and one time at the doctor's office the nurse called out for Katie. It seems to be super-popular now and I just hope he's not the 7th Cade in his class." Jul. 9, 2007:
"I love this name! If I have a boy he will be named Cade James" Mar. 5, 2007:
"I've been named Cade for 31 years. Even though it's only 4 letters and very simple, people rarely get it right. I personally love my name. It's unique and a strong name. Who cares if people get it right??" Feb. 20, 2007:
"I'm due in a few weeks and am definetly having a boy. Not sure why someone would think this is a bad name. This was the only boy name both my husband and I agreed upon. Its different and yet not strange." Jan. 26, 2007:
"I love the name Cade, but it has become so popular (along with Caden and Cadence). I found the name in a baby name book 5 years ago and thought it was unique!" Jan. 23, 2007:
"This is the name of my son. People like to spell is with a "K"! We have a woman in the neighborhood named Kate and sometimes when I call Cade she thinks I am calling her." Jan. 3, 2007:
"Our son's name is Cade so we gave it a "thumbs up" as you would suspect. We were uncertain at first because we thought people might think it was too "different". We grew to really love it and felt it was the perfect name for our son in no time. We did not anticipate people thinking we were saying "Kate" when we said his name and he learned to spell his name at an early age because we often respondes, "Cade, C-A-D-E" when asked what his name is, and he quickly followed with that habit. Overall, we are happy with the name and it suits our son well. He is a personable, easy-going, funny boy on one hand. Yet, still manages to be a curious and energetic learner who tries new things and stays at it until he masters a new skill. We can play quietly and contentedly at times, but is also active and adventuresome. We find a nice balance in him." Dec. 17, 2006:
"I just named my baby boy Cade. I love the name because it is great for when they are little and still sounds good for when they are older and it doesn't require a nickname." Nov. 3, 2006:
"I named my son Cade in 2002. Everyone pronouces it correctly, but for some reason they all want to spell it with a "K."" Oct. 18, 2006:
"I named my baby boy Cade Michael and I love the fact that it's not a name you hear every day. I have since learned it's a character in Gone With the Wind (Cade Calvert). It just sounds cool!" Sep. 29, 2006:
"My name is great. I always say that once people learn it they never forget it. I was born in 1975. My brothers name is Cail. I guess that my mother Jayne and father Ron were tired of "normal" names." Sep. 21, 2006:
"We are naming our son Caden and will be calling him Cade for short." Aug. 14, 2006:
"My name is Cade and I was born in 1975. I hear it all the time now and actually know a few toddlers with the name." Jul. 8, 2006:
"8 weeks pregnant and seriously thinking about this as a boy name" Jul. 3, 2006:
"we are going to name our son cade. we love the meaning "pure" and its short, no-nonsense pronounciation." Jun. 7, 2006:
"I named my son Cade. I had never heard it before, but now I hear it all of the time. Even though I hear it more, I still love it and wouldn't have chosen any other name!" Apr. 1, 2006:
"I found the name, Cade, in a name book in 2003... now it's becoming more popular, especially Caden.
But I still plan to use it for our 1st son." Feb. 14, 2006:
"i love the name & would love to use it if i have a boy." Feb. 6, 2006:
"I named my son Cade in 1972. I read the name in Gone With the Wind when I was 13 and said I would always name my son Cade. Have always loved it." Jan. 25, 2006:
"I love my name. I was born in 1982. I had hardly met a Cade until I moved to Utah a year ago. I see them all the time now." Jul. 16, 2005:
"I named my son Cade in 1999 and there were no other Cades and now I am starting to hear it more" Jun. 1, 2005:
2 Negative Comments
"Baby Cade Kavanagh...welcome to the planet May 22 2006" May. 22, 2006:
"I have a friend who named her son Cade. I don't particularly like the name, but that's the way it is! It's just too "trendy" and doesn't have a strong masculine sound to it for my taste. Does anyone know what the name means? or where it come from?" Mar. 11, 2006:
20 Neutral Comments
"umm my names cade and i was born in 2001 and im only 14" Feb. 23, 2016:
"My name is Charles Cade but have only went by Cade since I was born (unless in trouble) due to Charles being a family name "Grandpa, Dad, Me, Son". I am 31 and was named after a neighbor that my dad had worked for for numerous years. This neighbor died in the early 90's and was about 80 years old. I like my name but as indicated by others it is a real challenge having to introduce yourself multiple times before people catch on. Even as I type this, the computer is telling me I have misspelled a word. I now have people come to me and say they liked my name so much that they named their kid Cade, I like the uniqueness of my name but oh well what can you do except say thanks." Sep. 20, 2010:
"Wow! Does not reflect in any charts or comments, but my daughters name, yes daughter, is Emily Cade. She is a little princess. Hahaha I had know idea that it was morefor boys, but I do love the name and have no regrets." Jul. 27, 2010:
"My name is Cade and i was born in 1972. It's funny to read some of these comments with all the same issues i have had growing up with a unique name. I actually went to high school with a Cade and have met quite a few younger kids named Cade also. I love it, embrace it and am so glad i don't have a name like John or Mike. Much love and respect to all my brethren in name!" Jun. 21, 2010:
"I named my son Cade Jaeger. His names mean Pure Hunter. He was born in April 2004. He has just turned 6. I named him after the character Cade Foster in the TV series "First Wave". My wife was not to thrilled at first. She wanted more traditional names. I googled the names she wanted and we saw how common those names were. Cade is a very different name. He has a friend named Kayd and people never know how to spell either of their names." Apr. 19, 2010:
"Named my second son Cade James (after my husband decided he didn't like the name Griffin anymore). Not a trendy name yet in our area. LOTS of Kadens, but not many Cades." Mar. 30, 2009:
"My cousin's name is Samuel Cade but we've always called him cade. I think it's sooo cute. I've never meet anyone else with that name yet. He likes it too and gets mad when we call him Sammy for fun." Sep. 13, 2008:
"I named my son Cade after discovering it through a friend.
My son is now 10 and another friend of mine still tries to convince me it should have been Caden (which I really don't like at all)
A few times the receptionist at the Dr.s office called out "Katie" with a slight confused tone, to which I replied "cuh-AID" over emphasizing to make my point.
I like that it is unique without being really strange, and as someone mentioned before, really hard to make fun of." Aug. 3, 2008:
"I named my son Cade. He was born October 2007. We found a meaning "happy and blessed" and then other meanings "sturdy, stout." We liked the first meaning we found. My son also knew of Cade McKowan (sp?) NFL player and thought that was cool. So far Cade has blue eyes and reddish / brown / blonde hair. He's off the charts in weight and height. I see what people mean about spelling out the name when people ask what his name is..." May. 11, 2008:
"people often pronounce it Kate or Katie. Many people have said they like the name Cade. I know of three from my area that named their children Cade. When I was in school there was one other boy with the same name. That was in a school of about 400 students." Jan. 20, 2008:
"My 8 month old son is named Cade. We love it, but we have to repeat it many times when people ask his name...they think we're saying Kate. The name really fits him though:)" Jun. 25, 2007:
"it sounds like a dogs name ... sorry
my best friends sons name is that and i just cant get that thought out of my head :(" Jun. 25, 2007:
"I have been a "Cade" for 18 years. I am always being complimented on it. Although, as a child I didn't like it, I now am really appreciative of my parents for naming me Cade. It is different, and helped me to branch out and embrace my differences. I love it. I am sad, however, that it is becoming "Trendy"." Feb. 26, 2007:
"this has to be one of the worst names ever. if you want people to think you're dumb, name your baby Cade....
seriously, its a cave man name..." Jan. 25, 2007:
"We named our son Cade a little less than a year ago and love the name.
We've seen many different 'orgins' of the name, but will stick with 'battler' and 'hope' for him.
We do find ourselves repeating the name to people when they ask. They hear it and say, "what a lovely little girl" (thinking we said Kate)." Jan. 23, 2007:
"I named my son Cade in 2001. We live in Wales and I named him after the character Cade Foster in the US series "First Wave". I'd never heard it before but now have heard another boy in the next town is called it as well, but spelt with a K.
Tracy Jones, Wales, UK" Nov. 6, 2006:
"cade rox as a name. i'm cade and i was born in 1989. I don' know any other cades so rock on all you cades. (People are starting to call their kids cade more often now)" Jun. 27, 2006:
"My husband and I are strongly considering the name Cade if we have a boy. (due in 6 weeks) I really love it. It's strong and unique!" Jun. 6, 2006:
"I live in the beautiful Caribbean Isalnd of Trinidad. In 1991 I had my first born. During my pregnancy I was looking for a strong boy C-name as both my husband and my name begin with C. I thought I was very inventive when I came up with CADE. Everyone gawked at me that I would be calling my son a suffix...motorcade/cascade. The following year I read a romance novel and the starring buck's name was Sterling Cade.Then some time later I saw on one of the young American after school shows & one of the stars was Micheal Cade. Coincedintally my son's name is Cade Michael. I soon realised that the name was not totally unique and have since met four other boys on our island named Cade.There is even now a BRATZ boy doll named CADE." Jan. 13, 2006:
"I am naming my baby Cade. I heard the name about years ago and loved it. The only thing I don't like is having people say "You're naming him WHAT????"" Aug. 1, 2005:
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