Porsche Cayman etymology: What does its name mean?

We all know that the Porsche Cayman is a Boxster with a metal roof, but do you know what its named after? We follow the money trail and find out.

You might think that everyone who owns a Cayman, or a Porsche for that matter, is rich enough to have an offshore bank account in the Cayman Islands. And, hence, the name of the company’s of smallest, and most affordable, coupe.

That, however, isn’t true.

The Cayman, according to Porsche, is named after the caiman, an animal closely related to the alligator that’s present in South and Central America.

In fact, the Cayman Islands, of tax haven fame, is named after the caiman. As is Porsche’s Boxster-based coupe.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]

Porsche Cayman etymology: What does its name mean?