Name: Cain

Origin and Meaning of the Name Cain

  • Meaning:
    A spear
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  • Meaning:
    Beautiful, fair
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  • Meaning:
    Reed, cane; tall thin person
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  • Meaning:
    Battle plain
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  • Gender:
    Both
  • Pronunciation:
    (kayn)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Cain)
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Miscellaneous Info for Cain

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  • Used in:
    English and Welsh speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Cain has four separate origins. From the Hebrew, it means 'a spear'. In Jewish, Christian and Islamic tradition, Cain was the world's first murderer. In Welsh Cain is a feminine name meaning 'beautiful' or 'fair' (this usage is completely unrelated to the Hebrew name). Thirdly, as a surname, Cain can be English or French in origin. In English it is derived from the Middle English word for a cane or reed, and was used of a tall, thin person. In French the surname comes from the town of Caen in Normandy, which was named for Gaulish words meaning 'battle plain'.

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