Gender: Male Meaning of Cagney: "tribute" Origin of Cagney: Irish

Cagney Origin and Meaning

The name Cagney is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "tribute".

Cagney is one of the spunkiest Irish surnames around, and could make a lively and fresher successor to the tired Casey.

James Cagney will be remembered not only for his iconic gangster films, but also for his Academy-Award-winning performance as song-and-dance man George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy. Cagney & Lacey was a popular 1980's policewomen drama.

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catcher5 Says:


Heard this name for the first time recently while reading The Penderwicks aloud to my students and had to come look it up. I love that it means tribute, like a tribute to your Irish heritage. Cute. I’d totally consider using it in real life.