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This name is unique, but not outrageous. Makes me think of a strong, sensible person.
― Anonymous User  1/16/2005
This name is quite popular in Germany. It´s pronounced "Ky". [noted -ed]
Destry  4/13/2005
Kai could also be derived from Old High German "kamph" meaning "fight". A strong name for somebody who never gives up. In northern Germany it is also the nickname of Nikolaus or Katharina.
Evaria  8/9/2005
I like this name a lot, though only on boys. It's not really a girls' name to me. But maybe that's only because I've never met a girl with that name.
Evaria  8/9/2005
I like this name for a boy, it's becoming very popular in the UK now.
― Anonymous User  8/9/2005
Kai sounds like the name of a cold-hearted guy. I've never heard of a girl with this name though.
Krystal4ever  8/12/2005
In Finnish 'kai' means 'perhaps', and is only used as a boys' name.
Elizabeta  8/27/2005
As far as I know, "Kai" is the Scandinavian short form of "Katharina". However, here in Germany where I live, it's used as a boy's name.
Paganqueen  10/1/2005
In New Zealand, this is a slang word for food.
wiswina  12/3/2005
Kai isn't a slang word for food in New Zealand - it's the word for food in Maori, New Zealand's native language.
KiwiBunnz  2/11/2007
Kai comes from the name Halkai. Kai means a place of sanctory or it can mean chicken/food (in Greek). It has a lot of different meanings.
kaig  1/10/2006
You can also write it like "Kaj".
Dahlis  2/8/2006
I have a friend named Kaisha pronounced Kay-sha and she shortens her name to Kai pronounced like Kai. I can't find the name Kaisha on this site. Yet it's a great name.
― Anonymous User  2/20/2006
It is an interesting name and definitely rising in popularity. I personally prefer it for a boy.
― Anonymous User  5/26/2006
I absolutely love this name, whether for a boy or girl. I first saw it on a game on the n64 called Harvest Moon, used for a boy working on a vineyard. When I saw it, I fell in love with it. Seems like an easy person to get along with, fun-loving, but still rough-around-the-edges. Imagine my delite when I realized it's the first half of my middle name, Kaitlin. I've wanted to be called Kai as a nickname of sorts, but it just never really happened. :( Really great though.
keegankira  8/20/2006
My name is Kaitlin and my nickname is Kai or Kaikai but I pronounce it KAY.
xOosweetiepiieoOx  9/11/2006
I have seen this name used as a nickname for Malachi. Kai is a great name for a boy.
― Anonymous User  9/27/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Kai here:
_satu_  10/24/2006
Don't like the name. For me it is just so out of time. In Sweden we pronounce it KAY.
Frozten  1/5/2007
Kai Sturm is a character´s name from the TV series "Die Motorrad-Cops: Hart am Limit". He was played by Jens-Peter Nünemann.
Maggie_Simpson  1/5/2007
In the animated television series "Avatar: The Last Airbender" the Fire Nation has a traditional one-on-one battle called an Agni Kai, or Fire Duel.
Emmasj  3/20/2007
I seem to recall a boy's name in one of Christian Andersen's fairy tales, but I can't remember which one. Kai Hansen is also a very famous German heavy metal guitarist. It is definitely a very rare name, and to me it sounds very "outworldly".
angolmois  4/22/2007
It was Kai in Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen. He was the little boy who had shards of glass land in his eye and his heart, and he was kidnapped by the Snow Queen. His friend Gerda went to rescue him. It's a great story.
Strangak  1/18/2017
•In Hawaiian Kai means "Ocean" or "Sea"
•In Navajo Indian Kai means "Willow tree"
•In Scandinavian and Welsh Kai means "Keeper of the keys"
•In Greek Kaia means "Earth"
•In Norwegian Kaia means “Blessed, Pure, Holy”
•In South African Kai means "Beautiful"
•In Persian Kai means "Ruler" or "King"
•and in Maori, the native polynesian people of New Zealand, Kai means "Food" (hmm, yummy!)
•Caius likely derives from the Etruscan word "cai" meaning "glad".
•In Welsh Mythology Kay was one of the knights of the Round Table in Arthurian Legend.
― Anonymous User  5/21/2007
Lovely name! A strong and beautifully sounding name! It is short, clear, easy to pronounce in any language, and it has so many and only positive meanings. The name Kai is also historical. Caius, from where Kai originates, was a very common name in the Roman Empire. Famous bearers were Caius Julius Caesar, Pope Caius (283-296), etc.
The name Kai could sound historic but also very modern, charming and masculine. What a smart and original name!
― Anonymous User  5/21/2007
Jennifer Connely has a son named Kai. Cindy Crawford's daughter is named Kaia. Kai is the name of the boy in the "Snow Queen" fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
ThinkerMe  5/27/2007
The name Kai - makes me think of an intelligent, witty, handsome and cosmopolitan boy or man. It is very popular in Germany and Northern Europe. The Italian version of the name is spelled Caio (from Caius). Kai is getting more and more popular in England, Canada and Australia.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2007
I LOVE this name. A strong, handsome-sounding name that is unique without being too over-the-top.
Laurisgirl  1/2/2008
Kai reminds me of the bald-headed little boy named Caillou (KIE-yoo) on Noggin.
jasmineenimsaj  3/4/2008
It originated in Northern Europe and means "Warrior" or "Fighter". Someone that never gives up.
― Anonymous User  7/15/2008
Filipino-African actress Sharon Leal and Bev Land have a son Kai Miles Land, born October 2001.
Emilie007  9/3/2008
As one who has been the bearer of this name, as my first name, I have found over fifty meanings from around the world. The list I had compiled has been lost in the shuffle, so I will submit what I can remember. Beginning with "my" ancestry I have found that the meaning in German is the Sea, and in Danish is Earth (like the Greek 'gaia') and in Scottish is Fire. In other cultures, my travels have taught me that in Native American it means Willow Tree, Stone, and Friend (depending on the tribe) and in Welsh it means Keeper of the Keys, in Hawaiian it means Ocean, and in Japanese it means Forgiveness. This is the extent of my memory at present, but I do know that when I had the list, there were so many more and all with different meanings. With that said, it's not easy to say what it really means, but I try to make it mean only the best things as I am an American and not terribly tied to "my" ancestors. I am living my life so that Kai will mean infinity and peace and wholeness, in American anyways!
quitepossibly  3/15/2009
The pronunciation is interesting as it is quite similar to the sacred sound om (pronounced aum like ahh) or god, gaia, all of which share the ahh sound. Kai has a crisp consonant it begins with, not unlike like flipping a lightswitch each time it is said. At the quantum level of reality, such as may be perceived in deep meditative trance states the primordial silence and darkness of oblivion with which light and sound of the manifest worlds can be experienced as they dance and chase each other into and out of existence at a rate so fast that only our consciousness can capture such perception, the sound one hears is quite more of a feeling throughout the body and resonates in harmony with the om/god/kali/kai/ahhh sound. Sorry if that's a bit beyond mere pronunciation!
quitepossibly  3/15/2009
My personal impression of the name Kai is not static, as I have found impressions change as often as new information arrives and old information is discarded. Imagine my surprise to learn it was contained in the Greek term triskaidekaphobia, which means 'fear of the number thirteen!' As you can imagine, I don't take it all too literally. It generally means very earthy and natural sorts of things which is perfect for me as I am simply a natural human with no religious or political or social views. Kai is a perfect name for me with it's natural meanings and my own love for all life on Earth and the Earth itself, which like the name Kai can be either masculine or feminine, such as Kelly or Jessie. Thank you for considering my experiences!
quitepossibly  3/15/2009
Sorry so long winded, but I do spend a fair 'amount' of time as Kai. In my life, I've met more women than men with the name, and at the same time I get a more masculine impression of the name (not the women who bear it!)
quitepossibly  3/15/2009
Just Googling around, I cannot find corroboration for this possible etymology, BUT I recall seeing the German name linked to the word "Kaiser," which made some sense to me. "Cesar" in French and Spanish might be its equivalents.
gbcallahan  7/4/2009
My son is called Kai and I love it. However it's sad how overused it's becoming.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2009
When I was in elementary school in the mid 80s I had a pen pal named Kai from Sweden and I've loved the name always since then. It is simple, strong and sweet.
meowelers  2/1/2010
In a name book I own, I read that this name means "the fairer sex." I forget the language of origin though.
Dessa  7/21/2010
I would also add that in German and Danish MY name means king. Deriving from kaiser.
And in Japanese it's a female name meaning power also possibly sea.
(カイ) if you split the characters you get power カ y イ. Or cart if you take away イ.
kai jesson  11/19/2010
Kai is also a fairly common name in China.

In Cantonese it means "unceasing, continual" and in Mandarin it means "victory, triumph".
keepitreal  1/15/2011
Kai is also a unisex Chinese name. But I do not agree with Keepitreal. Cantonese is just a dialect, it is impossible that the same word means something totally different in Mandarin.
Lucipur  9/28/2017
Kai/Ky is a common nickname in the U.S. for the popular girls' name Kylie and the name Skyler.
KathosAnnora  3/26/2011
It should remain a nickname, a diminutive-- no more, no less. "Kai" is incredibly feminine to me, especially considering that it is a very common petname for people bearing the name "Kaitlin/Catelin/etc," not to mention as full first itself. The idea that this appears 'masculine' is gag-inducing to me... as a full given name it is weak, unprofessional, pompous, beyond childish, unintelligent, and need I say it? Ugly.
It holds possibility of being labeled "kre8tiv," in English-speaking countries (especially the United States).

A Kai Reed does not sound like a surgeon to me, nor does a Kai Fitzgerald in the court room.

I urge prospect parents to use with discretion and caution, truly marinate the idea in your mind.
Francesca  5/24/2011
Kai is the boy from H. C. Andersen's book 'The Snow Queen', although he is called Kay in the original Danish version.
― Anonymous User  6/24/2011
My name is Kaitlin and I call myself "Kai" in several places. I pronounce it "Ky" or as if you're saying "kite [ki-te]". I know it is used a lot in Japanese manga/anime and someone told me it means "and" in some language. Greek maybe? I'm not sure. And I'm pretty sure it means something in native Hawaiian too. Anyways, I think it's a really good name :)
hitsubasa  12/13/2012
Are you kidding me?! This is a name?! It sounds so incredibly "modern", "kreativ", and extremely childish! I honestly can't imagine anyone with this name over the age of ten. A perfect example of how dumb parents are getting these days. Absolutely disgusting.
― Anonymous User  1/31/2013
I see this name is becoming very popular in the UK, US, Canada and Australia but Kai will never have the same popularity in New Zealand. Even though most of the country can't speak Maori, if there's one Maori word they know, it's Kai, meaning food. It would be a very strange name for someone here.
― Anonymous User  2/1/2013
The name Kai has been getting more popular over the years. There is a member of a really well known Korean boy band called EXO by the name of Kai. He is known as the face of the group therefore a lot of it's popularity would be coming from that.
EXOticPlinkstaa  3/14/2014
Kai Hiwatari is a character in Beyblade.
― Anonymous User  5/5/2014
If Kai actually is derived from the name Gerhard, Gerda and Kai, the main characters of H.C. Andersen's 'the Snow Queen', would bear feminine and masculine diminutives of the same name.
Louska  11/21/2014
I've only known one person named Kai, and although I didn't get to know him well, he was an amazing bassist and seemed to be a shy, quiet and kind type of person. This name carries good connotations for me, and I like the sound of it as well.
― Anonymous User  7/25/2015
I love this name... If I ever had a baby boy, he most definitely would be named Kai!
angolmois  8/8/2015
I also love this name but am worried about the growing popularity. I would hate for my son to get to school age and there are 5 other kids in his class with the same name. :(
namingbaby  9/18/2015
My son's name is Kai Wei. It is Mandarin, given to him by his birthmother in Taiwan. We were told it means to remain victorious. I think it was a great legacy/wish to leave with him. He is 18 now and goes by Kai (his decision).
twointaiwan  9/27/2015
I heard this name from a boy that's apart of a popular Korean boy group called EXO. I LOVE this name.
― Anonymous User  11/12/2015
I think this name sounds feminine, not masculine. Because it reminds me of the name Kay!
cutenose  12/7/2015
My name is Kai and it was not at all popular when I was growing up. I'm 33 and only know 2 other people my age named Kai one guy one gal. I love my name.
only1kai  12/19/2015
Kai here (male); really great name, in spite of the frequent flinches when you think someone said your name but they were just saying "hi" to someone else.
actually2kais  1/11/2016
This name doesn't work in New Zealand. It's Maori for food.
Jghazt333  2/20/2016
I don't think it works for an Anglo-surnamed baby. My bogan neighbour has called her toddler son this and the sound of her yelling his name in her raucous "Strine" accent and adding several four letter words to describe him when he's naughty will always be associated with this name in my mind. It seems like it will date quickly too.
― Anonymous User  3/20/2016
My 7 month old grandson is named a Polish name, Kajetan, but we call him Kai. There is a female weather-caster in the Chicago area name Kai. She's the only other Kai I have ran across besides my grandson. We've had very good reactions to the name.
Ilse-Albert  4/12/2016
My son is called "Kaii" pronounced "Kai" just with double "I"
He's 6 years old and I never knew anyone with this name when I had him, I'm from a small town in the U.K. So it was quite an unusual name when I chose it. I love his name and I love all the different meanings for it, especially "ocean" in Hawaii.
Amber.11  10/21/2016
My 5 year old son (soon to be 6) is named Kai and I still love the name. When I chose the name I knew of no one else with the name and I chose it because of the strong meaning in many other languages. I'm sad that it has become more popular but I think it will soon go back to being an uncommon name.
KayleeB  9/2/2017
I'm Australian. I know two Kai's. They pronounce their name as "Kaai" which rhymes with "eye".
Rhys1679  11/18/2017
In cantonese, the word "Kai" sometimes means dumb or crazy. It's a good name but as a cantonese I won't name my son Kai.
― Anonymous User  11/18/2017
I'm saddened to see that this name has become more common than Kyle. I do think it is a good nickname for either a boy or girl though, whether it be a nickname for Kyle, Kylie, or Kyla.
― Anonymous User  2/12/2018

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