How would you pronounce Callen?

I’m really liking the name [name_m]Callen[/name_m] [name_m]Matthew[/name_m] for my second boy, due in [name_f]April[/name_f]. I think it flows well with his brother, who is [name_m]Gannon[/name_m] [name_u]Michael[/name_u]. If it isn’t obvious, I really tend to like Irish surnames that aren’t overly common! However, I’m worried how it will be pronounced and if we’ll always be correcting people. The correct pronunciation is [name_u]Cal[/name_u]-en (rhymes with [name_m]Alan[/name_m]), but at first glace, would you say it like [name_m]Collin[/name_m] or [name_f]Cay[/name_f]-len? Would spelling it [name_m]Callan[/name_m] be better? Also, any opinions of this name in general would be great, as we are really struggling this time!

I would pronounce it Cal-len, rhyming with Alan.

Congratulations OP, and such a handsome name you’re considering for your little boy!

How about: Callaghan, Flynn, Emmet, Rourke, Grant, Riordan, Sé, Ardan, Darcy, Declan, Ronan, Lochlan, Loughlin, Fintan, Lorcan, Malachy, Redmond, Keever, Reilly, Cillian, Hennessy, Lennon, Moriarty, Eoin, Cavanagh, Gillen, Finnerty, Patrick, Tiernan

I pronounce [name_m]Callen[/name_m] cal-in. [name_m]Callen[/name_m] [name_m]Matthew[/name_m] is cute!

I would pronounce it [name_u]Cal[/name_u]-en.

I would pronounce it [name_u]Cal[/name_u]-len, rhyming with [name_m]Alan[/name_m].

Congratulations OP, and such a handsome name you’re considering for your little boy!

[name_m]How[/name_m] about: [name_m]Callaghan[/name_m], [name_u]Flynn[/name_u], [name_u]Emmet[/name_u], [name_m]Rourke[/name_m], [name_m]Grant[/name_m], [name_m]Riordan[/name_m], Sé, [name_m]Ardan[/name_m], [name_u]Darcy[/name_u], [name_m]Declan[/name_m], [name_m]Ronan[/name_m], [name_m]Lochlan[/name_m], [name_m]Loughlin[/name_m], [name_m]Fintan[/name_m], [name_m]Lorcan[/name_m], [name_m]Malachy[/name_m], [name_m]Redmond[/name_m], Keever, [name_u]Reilly[/name_u], [name_m]Cillian[/name_m], Hennessy, [name_u]Lennon[/name_u], Moriarty, [name_m]Eoin[/name_m], [name_m]Cavanagh[/name_m], Gillen, Finnerty, [name_m]Patrick[/name_m], [name_u]Tiernan[/name_u]

I think [name_m]Callan[/name_m] on a boy is so handsome! I’d go with this spelling. I think having the -allan in there helps with initial pronunciation.

I would pronounce it [name_u]Cal[/name_u]-len, rhyming with [name_m]Alan[/name_m]/[name_m]Allan[/name_m]/[name_m]Allen[/name_m].

I like it spelled [name_m]Callen[/name_m]. [name_m]Callen[/name_m] [name_m]Matthew[/name_m] is a great combo.

I would pronounce it to rhyme with [name_m]Alan[/name_m].

Mot people should recognize [name_m]Callen[/name_m] as ca-len. [name_u]Kaelen[/name_u] is a less common name, as I don’t think you really have the risk of people saying it that way. And likewise with [name_m]Colin[/name_m], but for the opposite reason - it is popular that everyone knows it when they see it. I don’t think you’ll have a problem.

After only reading just the thread title, my first instinct was to pronounce it like [name_m]Allen[/name_m] with a “C”.

I forgot - I really like this name! I rarely say that. Either spelling is fine as it’s acceptable to me and wouldn’t impact my pronunciation.

I also would pronounce it [name_u]Cal[/name_u]-en. [name_m]Callen[/name_m] [name_m]Matthew[/name_m] is a great name!

Funny that you ask this question. When I was 18, I thought I came up with the name [name_m]Kalin[/name_m] (in my head pronouned [name_m]Kal[/name_m]-in). I’ve always wanted this as a name for my son. I told my wife this many years before we were even thinking about children. My wife is now pregnant with our first child. A boy, due in [name_f]April[/name_f]. I had been really pushing [name_m]Kalin[/name_m] but we ran into the same obstacles - thinking he will be doomed to a life of correcting people who call him [name_m]Colin[/name_m], [name_u]Kay[/name_u]-lin, etc.

I looked at the other spellings ([name_m]Callen[/name_m], [name_m]Callan[/name_m], [name_f]Kalon[/name_f], etc) but they all seem to have the same issue. As much as I love the name, when said as [name_m]Kal[/name_m]-in, I just don’t think people will say it correctly. As such, we’ve made [name_m]Kal[/name_m] one of our top contenders. But believe me, I did just show this thread to my wife and said “See! A lot of people say they would say it correctly!”

I’ll be following to see what the consensus is! Good luck and congrats!

Thanks everyone! This is making me feel better, and thank you for all of the positive comments on the name. I’m sure some people will pronounce it wrong, but as long as it isn’t everytime, I’m ok with that. I never thought that our first son’s name would be hard to say, [name_m]Gannon[/name_m], but it’s heard incorrectly all the time, so I guess you never know!

[name_u]Cal[/name_u] in is how I prn.