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  • Records indicate that 4,481 boys in the United States have been named Kale since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2008, when 539 people in the U.S. were given the name Kale. Those people are now 13 years old.

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      57 Positive Comments

  • "Our 6yr old son is named Kale James. We fell in love with it when we first heard it. Some poeple say oh it's green lettuce...well there are alot of names that are plants and/or foods such as Ginger, Rose, Colby(cheese), Heather, Ivy, Olive, Sage, Holly etc..." Jun. 25, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best friends name is Kale and I absolutely love it. It's very unique and he's the only person I've heard with the name, Kale." Feb. 6, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name so much. My name is Kale, and I've never met someone with the same name as me. The only thing is that make rhymes with stale, pale and whale. So its it's not to fun being called Stale Kale all the time. However I love my name because it actually came to my mother in a dream." Aug. 6, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kale is a great name. I do NOT like the addition of a "y" to the name (like Kayle). Definitely feminizes the name and people will mistake it for Kaylee" Sep. 28, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name Kale rocks! It's unique but not too far out there. It's memorable and strong!" Sep. 15, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Kale but am thinking going Cale... ;) Just because it spells cooler..." Apr. 1, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my sons name born in July of '07 its Hawaiian for "strong one"." Mar. 2, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kale is a variant of Cael, Gaelic origin meaning 'slender'. My son Kale is 10 and he was mostly named for the leafy green, although it is also short for another name I wont say because I want it to remain unique. Naming your child after a plant is not strange, it is very popular and has been for hundreds of years. Examples are: Heather, Lilly, Ashley, Brooke, Leif, Jasmine, Forrest, Holly, Basil." Nov. 11, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Cale James. <3 I wouldn't change it for anything else in the world." Sep. 15, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My favorite aunt Gale passed away while I was pregnant...In her honor I named my son "Cale Alexander". Derived from Caleb meaning "brave/bold-(Alexander)defender of men". Gotten into the habit of calling him "My Cale" so sometimes people think his name is Michael. Love that his name is not that common. :)" Sep. 20, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Kale Izaac. And yes sometimes people mispronounce it. Sometimes they call him Kiel, which I really hate. He is an active and very talkative three year old and I really love his name. I actually saw the name Kale in the cartoon of Sinbad the sailor. Kale is the name of Sinbad's second in command - Captain Kale. Not until recently that I learned Kale was also a vegetable..But it suits him and I think it's a wonderful name for anyone to give their son. If I have another son I would name him Kale Patrick or Kale Evan =)" Jan. 8, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1964 (yes i'm old) and my name is Kale. Best name ever." Oct. 23, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Kale Anthony. Everyone loves his name. We fell in love with it when we heard it in the movie Disturbia, it is the name of Shia Lebeouf's character. Upon further research we found that it is derived from the name Charles and means, strong man; free man; warrior. I don't care if it's also the name of a type of cabbage/lettuce. There are people named Apple, Willow, etc. Kale is a very strong name, we love it :)" Sep. 12, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm planning on naming our son Kale. I like the sound of it. I'm actually surprised at how many others had the same idea, its reasuring how much positive feedback there is about it :)" Jan. 17, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is kale and i love it i dont know anyone with the same name as me i know a kail and a cale but no one spells it the same so i think its great!" Dec. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Kale, like the plant. He was named that because his father is Sage, and his Aunts are Fern and Rose. Fit the theme but it was also just a nice name." Dec. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "If our baby is a boy, we are planning on namimg him Kale, spelled either Kale or Kael. Easy to come up with that name, loved it soon as I saw it, but having a hard time matching a middle name to it..." Oct. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Kale and he's the most handsome, adorable baby boy" Oct. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Kale Michael Wray and people love his name and so do I. As for the whole vegetable thing. I find most people don't even know it's a vegetable and that's not what I named him after anyway. I named him that because it's not heard often and it rocks!!" Aug. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kale and i love it :D I've never met anyone with my name so its pretty cool :p" Aug. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is parents named me after the nascar driver Cale Yarborough..I love it but many people have a hard time pronouncing it!" Jul. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just started Christchurch South Intermediate School this year and there is this boy in my class caleed Kale.It so funny coz my name is Kaleigh.Kale.Kaleigh.So every 1 calls him Kaleigh and me Kale." Jun. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I plan on naming my future son Kale, not only because its a manly and beautiful name, but for the fact it isn't as common as most names. :)" Jun. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is 12 & is named Kale Anthony. It's a beautiful name & he's a beautiful boy. It's not very common but I'm starting to notice a few more around lately. A lot of people spell it Cale or Cahill." Apr. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Kale Andrew. I like the name. I agree with what others have posted. It sounds cool, and the name has a strong sense about it." Dec. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are thinking of naming our first born son Kale - but are also looking for a nice middle name too." Oct. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "well some people pronounce my name wrong. they say kaylee or kaleb or kyle. the correct way to say it is kay-le. i dont meet many others with the name kale but it is getting popular." Sep. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband is part hawaiian and his name is Charlie so we are naming our 2nd son Kale.....I love the name :)" Jul. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its my name. i love it. it is unique and it helps separate me from the pack. i dunno. i just think my name is very special." Jul. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Kale Rayman. His father's name is Kade and he picked out Kale. I love the name. As far as his middle name, it is the name of his grandfather who passed away so it has sentimental value. We knew the middle name had to be Rayman, so when his father said Kale it was a perfect match. He is now 3 1/2 and everyone who hears his name say they love it, I have never had any negative feedback on the name." Jun. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Kale Robert. We always get positive comments about what a cool name. We do have people pronounce it wrong which I don't quite understand since it is spelled phonetically correct. We get Kaley a lot...hope my son has positive feelings about it in the future!" Apr. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "A name is a name. Who cares if it's also the name of a vegetable? It's just like being named April or something." Mar. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just wanted to say I plan on naming my newborn Kale. Everyone I've told thinks it's a rather cute name; but I do have a suggestion, just in case your kid would have any issues in school for some reason being teased and ridiculed about being named after cabbage; give him another solid middle name. Like my son will be named Kale John; therefore if he don't like Kale he can be called John and it's a very common name. Just something to think about." Mar. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "well i really dont care if i would name my son after a vegtable you are really stupid and i pretty much hate whoever you are you dont write something like that on a baby name website and my son will take your son any day and i heard the name on distubia and i love love love it" Mar. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "A girl named Kail. That is my name and I seem to be in the minority at least on this page. I really love my name because it makes me feel unique. I have heard of Kaleŭs before, but no one who spells it the way I do." Feb. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My unborn baby is going to be called kale if its a boy only got ten weeks to go" Jan. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is kale, but we spell it different cahyl is the way we spell it." Oct. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is kale, and i love my name, when people ask they are always like, thats a COOL name" Sep. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first name is Kale, i'm part Finnish so i guess my name is an interesting variation of Kalle. I kinda like my name, and so do most people i meet. I only had one refference to the lettuce-stuff, but that dude was just a fan of it, he was quite the vegan though." Sep. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kale is the best name in the world the only Kales i know are the best looking guys in the world" Aug. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Kale Stephen. We chose it because it is Hawaiian for Charlie. We met at a restaurant called O'Charley's and honeymooned in Hawaii. In Hawaii it's pronounced Kah'-lay. We love it!" Jul. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kale. It is nice and people always ask, "Like the cabbage (green, lettuce, vegetable,etc)." I am a bit shy, so in school the time was a little tough because most teachers did not pronounce it right. I was called Kyle, Kaley, Kal, and one year a teacher continued to call me a hybrid of Kale + Kyle which was always somewhere inbetween. To the last poster, my middle name is Stuart. Dorky, but I think it sounds good." Jun. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I actually want to name my first son Kale... I just need to find a good middle name for it. I heard the name on a movie and fell in love with it. It just sounds very manly and proper I guess." May. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "How could a name get any better than this? Yeah, I know that it can also be like, a plant or something, but it just shows how awesome all us Kales are!" Apr. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "LOVE IT - actually looking for it's meaning now, before I name my son!" Mar. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "People pronounce it Cal. It is Kale with a long A. I have not seen this name very often. I have only met 1 person with this name. I like it. It is a strong, hearty name." Aug. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My oldest son's name is Kale William. He is now 16 years old and I still love the name till this day! I think he loves it as well!" Jul. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really like this name. I named my son "Kael" - an alternative spelling. It's original, short, and sweet :)" Jun. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is kale, and i have done research on it, it has 2 origins one is, a german name that means 'free man' and the other is a hawian name meaning 'strong & manly'. also one of jupiters moons is named kale," Apr. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We thought we were being original naming our son Kale, but since have heard it three times in movies and several people have said that they know someone named Kale. Most people don't make a remark about it, but some say, "isn't that a vegetable"? However, I still love the name, it's actually short for Kaleb and means faithful. It's very manly." Apr. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well, my name sounds like Kale, but i believe i have a unique name, as it is spelt "Kayle". I do not know if it has a special meaning on its own, like if it is actually a real name or derivation from Kale or Kaleb, and if you can help me out my e-mail is [email protected] (yes, people mispronounce my name as kay-leigh, and I am MALE)" Apr. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kale is my sons name. We liked the name Cale but thought it looked better written-out with a K. He gets called Kyle alot. And yes, It is a type lettuce. We didn't discover that untill after the fact, Oh well." Nov. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kale is a great name! I thought it was a little ridiculous when my husband insisted that we name our son Kale. I found it in a baby book and it gave the meaning as "brave warrior" so I agreed and have never been sorry! He's an awesome kid and the name suits him! He is strong and brave and very intelligent!" Nov. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's actually a name I'm considering, that's how I found this page :-)" Mar. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name is fit only for a king... It takes a special person to carry this name. Definitely not fit for the common boy soon to be a man." Feb. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kale and I love having it as part of who I am. I am also female but i think it makes it all the more fun!" Jan. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a cousin who is named Kale..and a friend of mine has a boy named Kayl (pronounced Kale)...I think its awesome!" Dec. 5, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      6 Negative Comments

  • "Kale is pretty much in the same category as River or any other trendy hipster name. And a masculine name? Well any time you have to defend a name as being masculine it probably isn't. And if your parents are hipsters than you definitely are not masculine so the name won't do you much good anyway." Apr. 4, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love kale. It's a dark green leafy vegetable, high in calcium and very tasty. But I would not name my child after it. There's also Cale, but it would make me think the child was named after John Cale, and I'm not sure I'd want to bestow that karmic legacy on a child either." Jan. 25, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kale is a tough bitter variety of cabbage. If you like the sound I suggest Cale or Cael to avoid the produce association." Jun. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name so much. When I moved in to my new house me neighbor was have trouble saying my name so he kept calling me Kale and I fell in love with." Oct. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Duh people! Kale is that leafy green garnish you find on your plates at restaurants....LOL! Hilarious. Poor kids." Jan. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name Kale makes me think of the leafy green vegetable. Sounds ridiculous." May. 30, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      30 Neutral Comments

  • "My grandmotherand grandfather original from Kalahari land. My grandfather he is named is Jonas kale love my surname kale" May. 24, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Kale, it is what I named my first born son..after Shia Labeuf in Disturbia, not the vegetable..only a hipster would know that Kale was a vegetable. The closet hipsters are the ones mocking the name for being a vegetable.. how else would you know it's a vegetable? They are also the ones naming their kids after cars that they will never be able to afford." Feb. 2, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons middle name is Kale. He & I love it. He & wife are thinking of naming their first born Kale" Dec. 8, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a friend called Kale and I think he is a very cool guy and he I love screaming out his name whenever I can :)" Nov. 27, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 14-year-old son is named Kale. I still think it's the best name ever" Jan. 8, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 9 year old son's name is Kale. His middle name is Gideon, a good strong Bible name. We love his name. It is not very common and we get a lot of compliments on it." Jul. 9, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Kale Austin! :) I also heard it on disturbia and loved it." May. 12, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names is Kale I am 15 and all my years in school everyone has always mispronounced it, but oh well I love my name." Mar. 22, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Kael, middle name Bradley. I love it and also first heard it 2 years before i became pregnant with him, in the movie disturbia. I did decide to spell it differently. Love it love it love it. Very unique!" Feb. 6, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Kale! I have a 2 year old son that I named Kale Andrew! It fits him very well! :)" Mar. 14, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name. I told my grandmother that I wanted to name my son Kale and she says "Kale is seaweed. why would you wanna name your son after seaweed?" But i think it's such a cool name" Jan. 7, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "kale is a beautiful name, not many males r named kale but it sounds nice, very cool and hip..anyone who disagrees is an idiot" Jan. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is two and his name is Kale Donovan...I love the name and so does everyone he meets!" Nov. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have 1 son his name is Brayden... Were thinking about trying 2 get pregnant soon and girl names come easy 2 me but boy names are so hard! I really like kale but I don't like that spelling 4 it I kinds like kayle but then it looks like kayley... I also like the name kellen for a boy what do u think of that" Oct. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Kale!!! but for a girl. If I have a daughter I want to name her Kale Renaye" Jun. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Thinking about naming our son Kale Diesel...what do you think?" May. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "just found out that my friend is naming her son Kale... ummm.... all I can think of is a cabbage patch doll...." May. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My four year old son is named Kale Abram and I still love to say his name. He is handsome and smart, which I think is expected with such a classy name!" Mar. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "If you're honest and your name is Kale as mine is I think most people are impartial to their names.. it's ok." Jan. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Kale is a GREAT name! i love friends name is Kale and he is awesome...! But yeah I absolutely love the name! :-)" Apr. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i found this name when looking up me and my girlfriend's, different, ancestry im mainly schottish and shes Irish, itialian and Roma(gyspy) i found it in scottish, irish and Roma names. if/when we have a son i want to name him Kale" Nov. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Kale after his great-grandfather. He loves it." Oct. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a vegetable. Why would you name your child after a vegetable? Maybe if you spelled it with a "C" like it was short for "Caleb," your child might make it through jr. high without being ridiculed to my child, who will not be named after vegetables." Sep. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Some think it is spelled with a c instead of a k, but most get it. It is pronouced correctly. (kay-l) The only others I've ever met with this name is my family. (no one I don't know has this name that I know of)" Jun. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name. It is going to be the name of my first son. I think it's an absolutely awesome name." Jun. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is called Kale. I once read (although after he was born) that it is Hawaiian for "manly" which is better than a cabbage. I love the name as much as I love him. He often gets called Kyle or Dale or sometimes Karl. He was born in December 1997." Mar. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Kale, born in Geelong , Vistoria, Australia in 2004. We have heard the name in a movie once and have only heard of one other Kale so far. Spelling is tricky, as we have to spell it regularly for people. Reactions to the name have been favourable though." Feb. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "For those who mocked the name Kale - calling it a 'cabbage', you'll be happy to know that the name originated from the name Kale' (kah-lay) which means brave man, strong man, or brave warrior. I'm sure your names origniated somewhere... but I bet they don't mean something cool like those mentioned above. I love the name." Jan. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Kale and everyone I've ever met loves it!" May. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is actually kale, i really like my name, hardly anyone forgets who i am could be the name, could be me, I think people really think my name is great, what ever its just a name" Nov. 23, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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