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Gender: Male Meaning of Calhoun: "from the narrow forest" Origin of Calhoun: Irish

The name Calhoun is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "from the narrow forest". Calhoun and is often added to lists like Cool Cowboy Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation CAF #5".

From the experts:

A beaming, friendly Irish last-name-first-name waiting to be discovered.

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Famous People Named Calhoun

John Caldwell Calhoun, US vice president under John Quincy Adams
Rory Calhoun, American actor
Kensington Calhoun Ravenel (b. 2014), daughter of Thomas Ravenel

Pop Culture References for the name Calhoun

Calhoun Conly, Elsie Dinsmore's nephew in the Elsie Dinsmore series
Noah Calhoun, lead character in "The Notebook," played in the film by Ryan Gosling
Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun, character from "Wreck-It Ralph"
Caleb Calhoun, character in A&E's "Bates Motel"

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Mhill46 Says:


That's kind of a big assumption there. It is possible to like the name without having any association to the man you're referring to.

KJGlitter Says:


Well, you know what they say about assuming. I like this name because of my ancestors from Ireland. I guess it is about my heritage.

lydiaa Says:



ultracrepidarian Says:


I kinda like the sound of this name, but who wants to share a name with a man who called slavery a "positive good"? I'm just going to assume that anyone who uses this name uses the Confederate flag to celebrate their "heritage."

erica42285 Says:


My son's middle name. :) Everyone went for "Noah" from the notebook, but I took his last name and turned it into a middle name.