Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. KA-həl(Irish)
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Meaning & History

Derived from Old Irish cath "battle" and fal "rule". This was the name of a 7th-century Irish saint. It was also borne by several Irish kings. It has sometimes been Anglicized as Charles.

Related Names

VariantCahal(Irish)
DiminutiveCathalán(Old Irish)
Other Languages & CulturesCadwaladr, Cadwalader(Welsh)

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Sources & References

  1. O'Brien, Kathleen M. Index of Names in Irish Annals, available from https://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Masculine/Cathal.shtml.

Entry updated January 21, 2022