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Baby boy names beginning with C

Are you on the hunt for baby name ideas for a boy that start with the 3rd letter of the alphabet? Have a look at our list which is chock-full of captivating names along with their origin and meaning

The letter C

Looking for inspiration for a good baby boy name? Have a fondness for the letter C? Look through our list of names and their meanings to see whether your child could be a Cadao, Clerebold or Cyrus

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1. Cadao

  • Origin: Vietnamese
  • Meaning: ballad, song

2. Cadell

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: battle spirit

3. Cadfael

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: battle metal

4. Cadmus

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: man from the east

5. Cadoc

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: battle; the name of a 6th-century Welsh saint and missionary

6. Cadwallader

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: battle leader

7. Cain

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: possession; the son of Adam and Eve who killed his brother Abel

8. Caleb

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: intrepid
  • Also: Cale, Cal

8. Caley

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: slender

9. Calhoun

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: from the forest

9. Callum

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: a dove
  • Also: Calum, Cally, Caley

10. Calvin

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: bald
  • Also: Cal

11. Camden

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: unknown; probably derived from the area of north London
  • Also: Camdyn

12. Cameron

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: crooked nose
  • Also: Camron

13. Campbell

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: crooked mouth

14. Canute

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: a knot
  • Also: Cnut, Knut

15. Caquingora

  • Origin: Incan
  • Meaning: ibis-like bird

16. Caradoc

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: beloved

17. Carey

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: dweller in a castle

18. Carl

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: strong, noble; a German form of Charles (below)
  • Also: Karl

19. Carlo

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: strong, noble; the Italian form of Charles (below)

20. Carlos

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: strong, noble; the Spanish form of Charles (below)

21. Carlton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: the peasant’s farm
  • Also: Charlton

22. Carmichael

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: Michael’s fort

23. Carol

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: strong, noble; derived from the Latinised form of Charles (see below)
  • Also: Karol, Karel

24. Carr

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: overgrown marsh

25. Carrick

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: a rock

26. Carter

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: driver or maker of carts

27. Carvel

  • Origin: Manx
  • Meaning: song

28. Carver

  • Origin: Cornish
  • Meaning: great rock

29. Carwyn

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: blessed love

30. Cary

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: dark brown

31. Casey

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: vigilant in war
  • Also: Casimir

32. Cash

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: maker of chests

33. Cashel

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: a stone fort

34. Caspar

  • Origin: Perisan
  • Meaning: keeper of the treasure; said to be the name of one of the wise men in the Christmas story
  • Also: Jasper, Gasper, Gaspard

35. Cassidy

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: clever
  • Also: Cass

36. Cassius

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: hollow
  • Also: Cassian, Cass

37. Cathal

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: war leader

38. Cato

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: wise one

39. Cavan

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: grassy hill

40. Cayden

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: fighter

41. Cecil

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: blind

42. Cedric

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: kindly and loved; a character in Sir Walter Scott’s novel Ivanhoe; probably derived from the name Cerdic, a king of Wessex

43. Ceinwen

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: blessed or beautiful

44. Cephas

  • Origin: Aramaic
  • Meaning: stone

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45. Chad

  • Origin: Anglo Saxon
  • Meaning: battle warrior
  • Also: Chadd, Chadrick, Chadwick

46. Chaim

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: a man full of life
  • Also: Hyam

46. Chandan

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: sandalwood; this is a divine name in Hindu texts

47. Chander

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: the moon

48. Chandler

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: seller of candles

49. Chandrakant

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: loved by the moon

50. Chapman

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: merchant

51. Charles

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: manly, strong
  • Also: Charlie, Chas, Chuck, Chae, Chay

52. Charlton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: the peasant’s farm
  • Also: Carlton

53. Charvik

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: intelligent

54. Chase

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: hunter

55. Chauncey

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: chancellor
  • Also: Chaunce, Chance, Chancey

55. Chester

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: fortified camp

56. Chetan

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: awareness

57. Chevy

  • Origin: Middle English
  • Meaning: horseman, knight; derived from The Ballad of Chevy Chase, recounting the story of the battle of Otterburn in 1388

58. Chiazam

  • Origin: Nigerian
  • Meaning: answer from God

59. Chike

  • Origin: Egyptian
  • Meaning: God’s strength

60. Chilton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: a farm for children

61. Chomass

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: rain

62. Chris

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: short form of Christopher (below); bearing Christ; St Christopher is the patron saint of travellers

63. Christian

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: follower of Christ
  • Also: Christie and Christy

64. Christmas

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: the celebration of the birth of Christ; often used for children born around Christmas time

65. Christopher

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: bearing Christ; St Christopher is the patron saint of travellers
  • Also: Chris, Christie, Kit, Christoph, Kester

66. Chuck

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: variant of Charles (above); manly, strong
  • Also: Charlie, Chas, Chuck, Chae, Chay

67. Cian

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: ancient
  • Also: Kean, Keane

68. Ciaran

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: little and black
  • Also: Kieran

69. Cillian

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: little church
  • Also: Killian

70. Clarence

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: bright, clear; derived from the Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III of England

71. Clark

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: clerk
  • Also: Clarke

72. Claud

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: lame; derived from the Roman name Claudius
  • Also: Claude, Claudio

73. Claus

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a form of Klaus, derived from Nicholas; victory of the people

74. Clayton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: a dwelling in clay
  • Also: Clay

75. Clement

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: mild and merciful
  • Also: Clem and Clemmie

76. Clerebold

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: clear and bold

77. Cleveland

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: hilly

78. Clifford

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: ford by the cliff
  • Also: Cliff

79. Clifton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: on a cliff

80. Clinton

  • Origin: Middle English
  • Meaning: a settlement on a cliff or bank
  • Also: Clint

81. Clive

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: one who lives by the cliff

82. Clovis

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: warrior

83. Clyde

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: caring, friendly; an ancient name for a Scottish river

84. Cody

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: a helpful person

85. Colby

  • Origin: Hebrew/Norse
  • Meaning: faithful, dark-haired

86. Coleman

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: burner of charcoal
  • Also: Col, Cole

87. Colin

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: cub; a short form of Nicholas; the English form of Cuilen and Cailean
  • Also: Collin

88. Collier

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: a charcoal burner
  • Also: Colyer, Collyer

89. Colm

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: a dove

90. Colman

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: keeper of doves
  • Also: Col, Cole

91. Colton

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: from the coal or dark town

92. Conan

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: hound, wolf
  • Also: Con

93. Conn

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: wisdom

94. Connall

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: brave man

95. Conor

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: lover of dogs
  • Also: Connor, Con

96. Conrad

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: bold counsellor
  • Also: Con, Curt, Kurt, Konrad

97. Conroy

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: wise

98. Constant

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: faithful

99. Constantine

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: constant, firm; the name of the 1st Christian Emperor of Rome

100. Conway

  • Origin: Irish/Welsh
  • Meaning: hound of the plain; anglicised version of Conwy, a fortified town on the coast of North Wales

101. Cooper

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: barrel maker

102. Corbett

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: black-haired
  • Also: Corbet

103. Corbin

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: raven

104. Corcoran

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: red-faced

105. Corey

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: hollow
  • Also: Cory

106. Cormac

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: driver of chariots
  • Also: Cormack, Cormick

107. Cornelius

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: a horn; a Roman family name
  • Also: Cornell

108. Corwin

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: dear friend

109. Cosmo

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: order
  • Also: Cosimo

110. Courtney

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: probably from 'court nez', meaning short nose

111. Cowan

  • Origin: Middle English
  • Meaning: hooded robe, priest

112. Coy

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: quiet

113. Craig

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: crag

114. Cranley

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: spring or meadow

115. Crawford

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: ford of the crows

116. Creed

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: belief, guiding principle

117. Creighton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: a rock

118. Crew

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: chariot; a reference to rowing

119. Crispin

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: curled hair
  • Also: Crispian

120. Croft

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: small field or pasture

121. Cromwell

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: bent or crooked spring or well

122. Crosby

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: village or farm

123. Cullen

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: beyond the river

124. Culley

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: woodland

125. Curran

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: dagger or spear

126. Curtis

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: courteous

127. Cuthbert

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: bright, famous

128. Cynan

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: outstanding
  • Also: Cynin, Cynon

129. Cyril

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: lord
  • Also: Cy

130. Cyrus

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: the sun
  • Also: Cy, Cyro

About our author Catherine Ball

Catherine Ball is a freelance journalist who specialises in writing about parenting and health. She has been a journalist for 20 years, writing for a wide range of regional and national publications. She is also mum to 4 children between the ages 3 and 12, so has drawn up many, many lists of baby names over the past few years.

Illustration: Emma Winchester

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