Sometimes explained as a derivative of the Irish surname Caden, which is a reduced form of the Gaelic surname Mac Cadáin meaning "son of Cadán". In actuality, its popularity in America beginning in the 1990s is due to its sound - it shares its fashionable aden suffix sound with other popular names like Hayden, Aidan and Braden. The name Caden originates in Gaelic languages. "Cade" comes from the surname "Mac Cadain" which means "son of Cadan". As a masculine given name it has been quite popular recently.