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Gender: Male Pronunciation: KA-hal Meaning of Cathal: "battle rule" Origin of Cathal: Irish

The name Cathal is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "battle rule". Cathal and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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The name of an ancient Irish saint is in the contemporary Irish Top 50. While it's one of the rare Irish names for boys that hasn't immigrated to the U.S., it may follow brothers Aidan and Declan to our shores. The t is not pronounced.

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Famous People Named Cathal

Cahal Daly, Irish theologian
Cathal Brugha, Irish revolutionary and politician
Cathal Crobhdearg Ua Conchobair, King of Connacht
Cathal mac Conchobar mac Taidg, King of Connacht
Cathal mac Conchobair, King of Connacht
Cathal Goulding, Irish revolutionary
Cathal mac Finguine, King of Munster
Cathal Coughlan, Irish singer-songwriter
Cathal Ó Searcaigh, Irish poet and playwright
Cathal mac Murchadh, King of Uí Maine

Pop Culture References for the name Cathal

Cathal O’Regan, main character in the Irish Indie film/Drama, “Parked" (2010).