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Gender: Male Meaning of Cain: "spear; possessed" Origin of Cain: Hebrew Cain's Popularity in 2017: #840

The name Cain is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "spear; possessed". Cain is ranked #840 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

From the experts:

Biblical name Cain was, until recently, seldom heard outside of the Old Testament and soap operas. Although Cain's murderous actions will always make this name difficult for some, Cain, Eve and Adam's firstborn, was a farmer - making this a good choice for those with farming connections. Long outshone by Abel, Cain is starting to find a broader audience, helped along by homophones Kane or Caine.

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Famous People Named Cain

Cain Ramirez Velasquez, American mixed martial artist
Cain Ackland, Australian rules footballer
Cain DeVore, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Cain

Cain, in the mountains of Judah (Joshua 15:57)
Cain Marko aka Juggernaut, Marvel Comics character
Cain Zachariah Dingle, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Cain, character in film "RoboCop 2"
Cain, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Deckard Cain, character in video game "Diablo"
Cain, a main antagonist in the Sarah J Maas book, Throne of Glass
Cain Blood, a character in the anime/manga "Banana Fish"

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Raichugirl Says:


This is my nephew's name. Ten years old, bright eyed happy go lucky little guy, despite the name he's the sweetest thing ever. I can see why people tend to shy away from this name but without looking at the negative story about it, it's a really nice name. Short and sweet.

snowsbeloved Says:


Oy! Skip this one.