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Also derived from the word 'kala' which means "time"- Kali being the dark one who controls the essence of time.
angelina  2/12/2005
A more beautiful variation of the name 'Kali' is 'Kaliyani' or you may also use 'Kaliya.' Kaliyani is a ancient and medieval female name that is not so popular in India at this time.
angelina  2/12/2005
This name has started to serve as a variant of Kayley, Kaylee, etc. Not my cup of tea.
SadieMarch  6/23/2005
Kali is also pronounced Kay-lee, not just Kah-lee. I also like the spelling "Hali" for Hailey, and they sound similar - Kali and Hali.
― Anonymous User  6/28/2005
I love the dark feel of the name. Sorry, I'm kinda obsessed with dark- or evil-sounding names. I think it should be both feminine and masculine, though. But that's just my opinion.

The goddess Kali is fierce and destructive. Her name also means "Dark Female". Her worship is associated with skulls, cemeteries, and blood. She is black and gaunt, with an azure face streaked with yellow, and her gaze is considered ferocious. Her hair is shown as unkempt or splayed, and is sometimes braided with serpents. Her power is originative and destructive. The weapons or head of a demon she is usually seen holding symbolize this. No, I am not Hindu.
Kae Kae  7/30/2005
The name Kali is the name of an Hindu goddess who was thought to be a vampire who drinks the blood of animals only and protects her people from demons by carrying a sickel sword that she kills them with.
― Anonymous User  7/31/2005
Well, my name's Kali and I'm proud of it! I don't really know what was going through my mom's head when she picked Kali, but I sure am glad I got such an unique name!
kvprior  1/27/2006
The name "Kali" could be connected with the Greek word "kalos", which means "beauty".
iva_toneva  5/20/2006
Kali is the name of Thuy Trang's character in The Crow: City of Angels.
audreyhubley  8/31/2006
Another name for Shakti, who embodies both creation and destruction.
Veronica Mikal  9/11/2006
My dog's name is Kali pronounced KAH-li, but everyone pronounces it Kaylee. Kind of annoying since that is definitely not how it's spelled.
starfly2  10/25/2006
This name is NOT pronounced how it's spelled! It would be nice to say it like Kallie, rhyming with Hallie and Allie.
Taydbug112  12/19/2006
Actually, to the user above, I know two Kalis and they both pronounce it like Callie.
joli_dans_titre1  1/7/2008
Love the sound, look and meaning of this name. It's so great. :)
silly_rabbit  6/1/2008
I love this name, especially because of its dark meaning. I would have loved to name a child this, but the husband disagreed. So, I named one of my min pins this pronounced KAH-lee. Unfortunately, everyone seemed to pronounce it like Cali, the abbreviation for California.
― Anonymous User  10/14/2008
I'm NEVER gonna think of the name Kali as 'dark' or 'sinister' due to my friend Kali (Kay-lee) being happy, bouncy and extremely huggy.

I have no problem with other pronunciations of 'Kali' because it all really depends on how you wanted it to be said.
kezia12345  5/23/2009
My name is Kali, and I am haughtily proud of its powerful origins. However, it IRKS me when people use it as an urbanized form of the name Kaleigh, or pronounce it just. Wrong. I suppose you can pronounce it however you choose, but not before I contribute my two cents. As you have probably already read, Kali is the wife and destructive balance to Shiva, creating shakti. So, if you're using THAT NAME, then you should do as the Hindus do, and pronounce it KAH-lee. KAH like AAH the sound you make when the doctor tells you to open your mouth. But I'm not Kali, so you can do whatever you please and I can't do anything about it. But OH! I love my name so much. I can tell you're jealous.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2010
Kali pronounced as Kah-Lee is the name of the Hindu goddess. The same spelling of Kali but pronounced like the name Callie is also Sanskrit name, but means maiden or bud, my mom claims that it also means energy. (Callie is Greek meaning beautiful).
― Anonymous User  4/7/2010
Very nice name with a cool namesake. It's a shame that Hollywood has gotten their facts all wrong about Kali, making ignorant people think that she's evil.
Buneary  2/25/2013
This name rolls off my tongue whenever I say it... I love it.
― Anonymous User  12/28/2015
The only Kali I ever knew was a boy. I must say that I much prefer this name on males.
― Anonymous User  1/10/2016
Lovely name.
― Anonymous User  1/10/2016
My name is Kali, but it is pronounced Kay-lee.
Kaliholloway  3/7/2016
I'm an old Kali, 42, and honestly if you are going to name your kid Kali pronounce it Kah-lee. If not, spell it differently. There are numerous versions available. For people who are challenged by two-syllable names I tend to explain the pronunciation like this: Like Mohammad Ali... with a K.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2016

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