So, I'm not expecting yet but my husband and I will be trying to start our family later this year or early next year.
I was looking up names with my parents just for fun. They have the same basic taste in names as me. One of the names we came across was Cale.
I fell in love with it! It's now number three on my baby boy names list.
There is one pitfall. But I'm not going to mention it. I want to see what other people think of it when they see the name.
Do you like Cale for a boy? What are some good middle names to go with it?
I think of John Cale. Then I think of kale, but it's not a terrible association.
If that bothers you, any interest in Crane? Calder?
Lol, the vegetable Kale was the problem. That's the only thing my parents had bad to say about it. :P I don't think that's such a bad thing, I just don't want people thinking "You named your kid a vegetable? You're insane."
All my other names are pretty traditional, but I love the sound of this.
Crane and Calder aren't really my style. I like the -Ale name ending. Kind of like Gale from Hunger Games, only not actually using the name Gale.
Well I think Gale is gorgeous, though it's a more feminine name to me.
How about Hale? He'd have a great namesake in Nathan Hale, a positive association with the word "hale" as in healthy and strong... and the homonym "hail" which is in keeping with the stormy feeling of Gale. Hale as a name is an old English surname that means "shelter."
Calvin is another Cal name... or just Cal.
I thought the same thing about Gale sounding too feminine.
I think Hale would be good as a middle name, perhaps.
I like the name Cale. My sons middle name is Mikhail which is similar and has the -ale ending.
There's also Cael, which loses the kale association and is more interesting, imo. Or Cade which is similar. I like Cale too though.
I think of Cale as an androgynous name. I knew a girl Cale, and yeah at first her name made me think of a vegetable. I don't think I ever lost the vegetable association in my mind, but it wasn't a bad association. If anything, it seems to increase the "snappiness" and freshness of the name. She was the only Cale I knew, so it also seemed unique.
What if you used it as short for Caleb? You could still use Cale, and no one would say you "named your kid after a vegetable," if that possibility bothers you.
My friend's boyfriend is name Cale, and I actually think it's pretty cool.
Though, when my boyfriend met him he did say "Hey! I just had some kale soup today!"
Whether or not that's a bad thing is up to you. I think Cale is a nice name.
I love the name Cale! I don't think of the vegetable at all and with other fruit/vegetable coming into spotlight (Olive, Clementine, Colby, Basil) I think Cale is a great choice.