The name Caillou [KYE-yoo] debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 2001 when it was given to 35 baby boys, making it the second-highest boy name to debut that year.
The variant spelling Kaillou also appeared on the list for the very first time in 2001.
The baby name Caillou was inspired by the Canadian cartoon Caillou, which first started airing in the U.S. in 2000.
The show features a 4-year-old boy name Caillou. It was based on a series of children’s books by author Christine L’Heureux, who says the books were “inspired by the work of French psychoanalyst Dr. Françoise Dolto (1908-1988).”
So where does the word caillou come from?
The word “caillou” in French means pebble, which was used in a ritual created by Dr. Françoise Dolto. Reflecting her philosophy of respect for the child as a person, she asked children to give her pebbles as a symbolic payment for her consultations.
This of course reminds me of the earlier cartoon-inspired baby Pebbles. :)