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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Cain

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Cain in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Cain:

  • Records indicate that 1,365 boys in the United States have been named Cain since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 288 people in the U.S. were given the name Cain. Those people are now 9 years old.

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    Comments about the name Cain

    82% Approval Rating
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      9 Positive Comments

  • "My name's Cain. I enjoy it's uniqueness, but it can be a pain when people try to spell it (Kane, Cane, Kain,...). My last name is also super rare, so having the rare first and rate last name makes me pretty confident no on else has my full name, which is pretty cool." Oct. 13, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "It?s my name! I?m a trans guy and I chose the name Cain for myself because it?s super cool!! I love the name and wouldn?t trade it for the world." May. 16, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "People often misspell my name as Kane or Cane, but my name is Cain, gotta say the bible thumpers here that claim that my name is not to be liked simply because of Cain and Abel irritate me, especially the one negative person. Often I have had to instruct people upon manners as they seem to lose all decency upon discovering how my name is spelt, but i guess that is to be expected from a southern baptist church. Otherwise my name has led to no issues, there is no one else in the district or that i have met in my memory that has shared my name, so it goes without saying that my reputation will precede me just upon hearing mention of my name." May. 22, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Cain in 1990. I feel like it is a strong name and better than the usual standard name. It has served him well and he has lived up to the name. Yes, I know the name is the "bad guy" in the bible but he was not named after that person. After 26 years i have not one regret. I'm proud of the name we gave him <3" Mar. 18, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "i called my son Cain... what a strong, wonderful name, so unusual! and with an irish meaning of'little warrior'.. i loved it when i was pregnant & love it now" Nov. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it sounds good, and it's biblical..i really like it..but too bad he was the bad brother!" Jul. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is my son's name. Some people spell it wrong they spell it Kane. His full name is Andrew Cain. I have meet one other child with this and and it was also Andrew Cain. They were both born in January of 1984. I thought that was unusal." Feb. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My nephew's name is Cain. He has red hair, and considering the story of Cain and Abel, I call him Diablo (devil in spanish) though he is a VERY sweet and snuggly 1 year old! He is so cute and always has a big smile for everyone." Feb. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I say my sons name everyone thinks it is Kane.But once I tell them they tell me that is a much better way of spelling it. I love the name and ir suits my son, and i can honestly say that (even though I am a teacher) I have not met a child named Cain" Jan. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "I respect people who have the name and wish them well in life. I too much associate it as the world's first murder and would stay away from it" Feb. 6, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a neighbour called Cain and he has a horrible temperament - really unpleasant" Oct. 28, 2018: Report as inappropriate

      7 Neutral Comments

  • "I got no experienced just about what a read on the Bibble. I have never heard anyone call their kids Cain. of course Iam sure some people have. Personally I dont like it Cain was a bad man envious of his brother and a criminal." May. 16, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was wondering about the popularity of the name. I think it?s important to know the meaning of names before placing it upon our children. I found that Cain had one definition of ?spear?. Although a spear can be used in a negative way it can also be used for protection. Yaaay for all those that chose to take back the power of their name. You can do great things. It?s your choice!!!" Mar. 26, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Liz,I just wanted to say coadgarulntions to you and your soon to be husband. I never would of thought that you would ever get married. I am really happy for you and I wish you love and prosperity." Jun. 17, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "To me this name means "murderer" or sort of dark intelligence. I pronounce it Cay-ne (rhymes with rain)" Sep. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE MY NAME I'm 10 and my name is caain spelt a bit different but mum says it makes me original one of a kind" Jul. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is thinking of naming his baby boy (due in Jan. 2007) Cain." Aug. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cain, which clearly demonstrates it's greatness." Dec. 10, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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