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The first name 

Kalem is a male first name.

When two boys called Kalem meet...

… it’s a special occasion. That’s because the name Kalem is quite rare in the US. While it’s still a name in use, lately, only approximately 2 out of 100,000 boys have been named Kalem. In the SmartGenius ranking, Kalem is #3,240 on the list of most common boys names. If you polled the whole US population – children, adults and seniors – you’d find less than one in 10,000 to be named Kalem.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

Kalem -
special from day one

In fact, the name Kalem hardly fits the trend of first names for boys. Between 1976 and 1999, young parents changed that a bit. For many years, Kalem wasn't given at all (or at least less than 5 times, because that's the number required for a name to appear in the statistics), but by 1989, the name was more popular than ever. Although the name never ranked higher than position 2,355, 23 parents chose it in 1989 as a potential new rising star on the horizon of beautiful and rare names. If your name is Kalem, you were already special when you were born - and you did your best to become a trendsetter.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Kalem was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Kalem - originality welcome!

In 2022, expectant parents chose the rare name Kalem a few times. Among all newborn boys, it ranked 3,562, for a total of 26 babies. The name is still more common than it was most time of the last century, when it didn't appear at all for a many years. As Kalem seems to be a bit more popular in the middle of the 20th century, it proves to remain a great rarity in 2022.

Kalem -
at home only in a few regions of the USA

The first name Kalem is a true rarity among all men and boys currently living in the United States – only 39 Americans in total bear this name. And these 39 men are located in only three states: California, New York and Texas (it should be noted that the official statistics provide the data per state only if there are at least 5 men with this name in the state. So, if your name is Kalem and you live outside the states marked on the map, please let us know so we can improve our statistics). The state with the most boys and men named Kalem in relation to it’s male population is Texas. And yet even there, only one in 761,605 men would raise his hand if asked whether there was a Kalem present.

Kalem has 5 letters 
and begins with a K

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter K is a real popular first letter for boys’ names. That’s because 7.9% of all common boys’ names in the US begin with this letter. Only the first letters J, A and D are more common for boys' names.

With five letters, the name Kalem is comparatively short. In fact, 17.0% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly five letters. Only 7% of all first names are even shorter, while 75% have more than five letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that if 7.9% of all boys' names start with a K, this initial letter occurs more than twice as often as all 26 letters on average. Interesting detail: of all the boys’ names that begin with a K, Kenneth is the most common.

Other names with 
K, a, l, e and m

If you take all the letters in the name Kalem – K, a, l, e and m – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Kamel or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Kalem

If your name is Kalem and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Kalem

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Kalem, you can simply say:






This is how the name Kalem is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Kalem in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Kalem

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Kalem is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Kalem

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Kalem sounds like this: