125 Baby Names Beginning with C | Mumsnet (2024)

Do you want to choose a name beginning with C for your baby girl or baby boy? Perhaps there’s something special about the letter C - it may be a family tradition or it may be personal choice. Whatever your reasons for wanting to choose a name beginning with C, we’re here for it and have come up with a list of corkers for you to choose from.

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How we chose the top names beginning with C

To compile our list of baby names beginning with C, we first of all checked out the latest baby names list for 2021 (released October 2022) by the ONS for names that begin with a C in England and Wales. We also referred to the Central Statistics Office and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency for Irish names that begin with a C and the National Records of Scotland for Scottish names beginning with C.

Then we checked our own baby names content, selecting names beginning with C from our baby name guides including most popular baby names, top boy names and top girl names.

Lastly, we turned to parents on our Baby Names forum to find out which names beginning with C they were discussing and recommending to other Mumsnetters.

Ready? Come with us to check out the top baby names beginning with C.

Girl names beginning with C

1. Cadi

  • Origin: Welsh

  • Meaning: Pure or clear

2. Caitlin

  • Origin: Welsh

  • Meaning: Pure

3. Callie

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Beautiful

4. Camilla

  • Origin: Latin, Italian

  • Meaning: Helper to the priest

5. Candi (or Candy)

  • Origin: English, French

  • Meaning: Sweet

6. Candice

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: White, pure, sincere

7. Calliope

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Beautiful voice

8. Carey

  • Origin: Irish

  • Meaning: Dark-haired

9. Carmen

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Song or poem

10. Cara

  • Origin: Latin, Italian, Irish, Spanish

  • Meaning: Dear, friend, darling beloved

11. Carrie

  • Origin: American, French, Latin (short form of Caroline or Carol)

  • Meaning: Free woman

12. Carys

  • Origin: Welsh

  • Meaning: Love

13. Caroline

  • Origin: English, French

  • Meaning: Free woman

14. Cassandra

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Shining or excelling man

15. Cassia

  • Origin: Greek, Latin

  • Meaning: Cinnamon

16. Cassie

  • Origin: Greek (diminutive of Cassandra)

  • Meaning: Shining or excelling man

17. Catherine

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Pure or clear

18. Catriona (or Caitriona)

  • Origin: Irish, Scottish

  • Meaning: Pure

19. Cece

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Blind

20. Cécile (or Cecile)

  • Origin: French

  • Meaning: Blind

21. Cecilia

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Blind

22. Cecily

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Blind

23. Celeste

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Sky/heavenly

24. Celia

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Heaven, celestial

25. Cerys

  • Origin: Welsh (variant of Carys)

  • Meaning: Love

26. Chantal

  • Origin: French

  • Meaning: Stone

27. Charissa

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Grace or kindness

28. Charlize

  • Origin: Afrikaans (South Africa)

  • Meaning: Free man/woman

29. Charlotte

  • Origin: French

  • Meaning: Free woman

30. Chelsea

  • Origin: Old English

  • Meaning: Chalk landing place

31. Cherry

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Cherry tree/good fortune

32. Christina

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Follower of Christ

33. Christine

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Follower of Christ

34. Ciara

  • Origin: Irish

  • Meaning: Little dark one

35. Claudia

  • Origin: Ancient Roman

  • Meaning: Enclosure or lame

36. Cleo

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Glory

37. Clementine

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Merciful or gentle

38. Chloe

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Green shoot (meaning new growth)

39. Chitra

  • Origin: Sanskrit

  • Meaning: Picture

40. Claire (or Clare)

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Bright, famous

41. Clara

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Clear and bright

42. Clodagh

  • Origin: Irish

  • Meaning: Wash or river

43. Clover

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: The clover plant

44. Coco

  • Origin: French

  • Meaning: Victorious

45. Colette

  • Origin: Greek, French (short form of Nicole),

  • Meaning: People of victory

46. Colleen

  • Origin: Irish

  • Meaning: Young woman

47. Connie (or Conny)

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Steadfast

48. Constance

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Steadfast

49. Cora

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Maiden or young girl

50. Coral

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Rock or maiden of the sea

51. Coralie

  • Origin: French

  • Meaning: Coral

52. Coraline

  • Origin: French

  • Meaning: Maiden

53. Cordelia

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Heart or daughter of the sea

54. Corinne

  • Origin: English, French, Greek

  • Meaning: Beautiful maiden

55. Cosima

  • Origin: Italian, Greek

  • Meaning: Order, beauty, universe

56. Cressida

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Gold

57. Cristina

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Follower of Christ

58. Crystal

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Referring to the mineral crystal

59. Cushla

  • Origin: Irish

  • Meaning: Charming or beloved

60. Cynthia

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Moon goddess or woman from Kynthos

What Mumsnetters say about baby girl names beginning with C

“Chloe? I love it...such a beautiful name.” - Mumsnet user, Comedycook

“Cora is my favourite name ever! Beautiful. The other two on your list (Clara and Cara) are nice too!” - Mumsnet user, BiggerBoat1

Boy names beginning with C

61. Cadfael

  • Origin: Welsh

  • Meaning: Battle prince

62. Cael

  • Origin: Irish

  • Meaning: Slender

63. Caelan

  • Origin: Scottish Gaelic

  • Meaning: Powerful warrior

64. Cai

  • Origin: Welsh

  • Meaning: Rejoice

65. Cain

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: Possession

66. Caius

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Rejoice

67. Caleb

  • Origin: Hebrew

  • Meaning: Faithful

68. Callahan

  • Origin: Irish

  • Meaning: Bright-headed

69. Callum

  • Origin: Scottish, Latin

  • Meaning: Dove

70. Calix

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Chalice

71. Calvin

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Bald, hairless

72. Camden

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Winding valley

73. Carl

  • Origin: German

  • Meaning: Free man

74. Carlo

  • Origin: Italian

  • Meaning: Free man

75. Carlos

  • Origin: Spanish, Portuguese

  • Meaning: Free man

76. Carson

  • Origin: Scottish, Irish

  • Meaning: Son of the marsh dwellers

77. Carter

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Cart driver

78. Cash

  • Origin: English, Latin

  • Meaning: Hollow

79. Casimir

  • Origin: Polish, Slavic

  • Meaning: Destroyer of peace

80. Casper (or Caspar)

  • Origin: Persian

  • Meaning: Treasurer

81. Caspian

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Named after the Caspian Sea

82. Cassian

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Empty or hollow

83. Cassius

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Empty or hollow

84. Cecil

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Blind or dim-sighted

85. Cédric

  • Origin: Celtic

  • Meaning: Kind ruler

86. Chang

  • Origin: Chinese

  • Meaning: Eternal

87. Channing

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Young wolf or official of the church

88. Charles

  • Origin: German

  • Meaning: Free man

89. Chase

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: To hunt

90. Chen

  • Origin: Chinese

  • Meaning: Morning

91. Chester

  • Origin: Old English

  • Meaning: Fortress

92. Chidi

  • Origin: Igbo

  • Meaning: God is with us

93. Chip

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Diminutive of Charles, meaning ‘man’

94. Christian

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Follower of Christ

95. Christo

  • Origin: Greek, Latin

  • Meaning: Christ-bearer

96. Christopher

  • Origin: Greek

  • Meaning: Christ-bearer

97. Ciarán

  • Origin: Irish Gaelic

  • Meaning: Dark-haired

98. Cian

  • Origin: Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic

  • Meaning: Ancient

99. Cillian

  • Origin: Irish Gaelic

  • Meaning: Warrior

100. Clarence

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Bright or clear

101. Clayton

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Clay town or village

102. Clinton

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Settlement on a hill

103. Cohen

  • Origin: Hebrew, Jewish

  • Meaning: Priest

104. Cole

  • Origin: Old English

  • Meaning: Coal

105. Colt

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Young horse

106. Colton

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: From the coal or dark town

107. Conan

  • Origin: Celtic

  • Meaning: Little wolf

108. Connal

  • Origin: Scottish

  • Meaning: Strong wolf

109. Connor (or Conor)

  • Origin: Irish Gaelic

  • Meaning: Lover of hounds

110. Conrad

  • Origin: German

  • Meaning: Bold advisor

111. Constantin

  • Origin: Latin

  • Meaning: Constant, steadfast

112. Cooper

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Barrel maker

113. Cormac

  • Origin: Scottish Gaelic

  • Meaning: Son of the charioteer

114. Cory

  • Origin: Irish

  • Meaning: The hollow

115. Cosmo

  • Origin: Greek, Italian, English

  • Meaning: Order, beauty, universe

116. Creed

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Faith

117. Cruz

  • Origin: Spanish

  • Meaning: Cross

118. Cyrus

  • Origin: Persian

  • Meaning: Sun

What Mumsnetters say about baby boy names beginning with C

“I know a mid-20s Caleb. I like it a lot.” - Mumsnet user, MirandaBlu

“My friend's Grandson is called Caius, which I'd never heard before.” - Mumsnet user, uncomfortablydumb53

Gender-neutral names beginning with C

119. Cameron (or Camryn)

  • Origin: Scottish, Irish

  • Meaning: Crooked nose

120. Casey

  • Origin: Irish

  • Meaning: Vigilant or watchful

121. Cary

  • Origin: Welsh origin

  • Meaning: Pure

122. Charlie

  • Origin: English (derived from Charles, Charlotte or Caroline)

  • Meaning: Free man or woman

123. Cody

  • Origin: Irish Gaelic

  • Meaning: Helpful person

124. Colby

  • Origin: Old Norse

  • Meaning: Someone who lives in a coal town

125. Cove

  • Origin: English

  • Meaning: Sheltered bay or small inlet

What Mumsnetters say about gender-neutral names beginning with C

“Casey? I really love this name for a boy. It's a more common name for a girl in the UK but boy in America.” - Mumsnet user, nowayhomer

How to choose a baby name beginning with C

  • Work out if you want your baby’s name to have the ‘hard C’ sound - in which case, you’ll love names including Caroline and Clinton.

  • If you prefer the ‘soft ch’ sound, look to Charles, Channing and Charlize.

  • Don’t forget that some C names throw out the rule book. We’re looking at you, Chloe, a ‘ch’ name which starts with a ‘hard C’ sound and Cyrus, which starts with an ‘s’ sound.

  • Do you want a popular baby name? Then pick one of the most well-used names in England and Wales listed by ONS. Use the Central Statistics Office for Ireland and the National Records of Scotland for Scottish names.

  • If you want something less popular, check out the lists mentioned above and avoid the names on them!

  • Look for more inspiration on Mumsnet by reading all our baby names for more great ideas.

  • Check out Mumsnet’s Baby Names forum to see which C names Mumsnetters are going crazy about.

  • Consider some of the great British names beginning with C, including Cordelia, Carys, Ciarán, Connal and Caspian.

  • Look at royal names - Charles, Camilla, Catherine, Charlotte and Carlos are some of the C names belonging to current and historic royalty, both in the UK and abroad.

  • Jump on the short name trend and choose a name which sounds even snappier when it starts with a ‘hard C’ - Cara, Cleo, Cian and Coco fit the bill.

  • Nature, fruit, gems and flowers are great for inspiration; how about Cherry, Clementine, Crystal, Coral, Clover and Cove?

  • Emulate one of the many A-list celebs who have names beginning with C. There’s Cillian (Murphy), Charlize (Theron) and Channing (Tatum) for starters.

  • Consider the initials of your baby’s full name (first, middle and surname) together - do they spell anything embarrassing? Avoid at all costs if so.

  • Think about whether anyone else in your family has an initial C name - when your child gets mail, it could be confusing if someone else in your household has the same initial and surname.

What is the best C name for a girl?

The most popular girl’s names beginning with C are Chloe and Clara, which appear in the latest ONS top 100 list. The following C names are also really popular with Mumsnetters on our Baby Names forum: Clodagh, Cassia, Claudia and Cara.

What is the best C name for a boy?

The boys' names beginning with C that are currently most popular are: Caleb, Carter, Charles, Charlie and Chester. These all appear in the latest ONS list. Additionally, Mumsnetters on our Baby Names forum rate initial C names for boys, including Christopher, Conal, Cooper and Conrad.

What are rare names that start with C?

Rare names starting with C are names that don’t appear on the most popular lists. These include Cordelia, Celeste, Cary and Chip.

About the author

Louise Baty writes parenting content for Mumsnet, producing product round-ups, travel guides and baby name articles. She’s also written content for Mumsnet’s sister site, Gransnet.

Originally from West Yorkshire and now based in Nottinghamshire, Louise has worked as a features writer for consumer magazines and national newspapers for 20 years. She specialises in parenting and lifestyle features and emotional true life first-person interviews and has authored four non-fiction books on parenting and grandparenting.

Mum to two tweenagers, Louise’s own baby name choosing days may be long gone. However, she admits to having spent a LONG time deciding on her DCs’ names, together with her partner.

For this reason, Louise has a particular interest in baby names. She understands how difficult it can be to narrow down a short list from your long list of baby names, either during pregnancy or during the sleep-deprived days following the birth of your baby.

By compiling comprehensive and easy-to-follow baby name round-ups for Mumsnet, she hopes to provide inspiration and support to parents-to-be who are looking for the perfect name for their baby.

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