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This must be a unisex name, because Keiko the orca was male.
-- Phoenix Flower  10/4/2005
No. It's definitely a feminine name.
-- Anonymous User  12/4/2005
It can also mean "joy child" or "grace child" or "revelation child" or "the beginning/opening of a letter child" or numerous other things. In the generations before me, this was an EXTREMELY common name (I know lots of Keikos).

As for being a unisex name, I can't speak for other languages, but no Japanese in their right minds would name their boys Keiko unless maybe they wanted him to get beat up or something. It's a very feminine name in Japanese.
-- abbasdaughter  12/25/2005
Keiko (Kay-ko) is definitely a feminine name in Japan.
-- Anonymous User  11/23/2009
It is the name of a character in Yuyu Hakusho.
-- amaruk  10/21/2005
My friend used this as her anime character's name but I don't think she knows what it means.
-- Karastar1  1/1/2006
Pronounced KAY-ko.
-- echo_of_the_past  4/15/2006
It may also mean firefly child.
-- rikkai_tensai  4/17/2007
Um, actually, it's pronounced "Kay-ii-koh".
ke = "kay"
i = "i"
ko = "koh"
-- asforoneday  4/17/2007
Keiko can also mean "firefly child". The kanji for "hotaru" has an alternate pronunciation of "kei".

Keiko is pronounced kay-ko. Kei is a single syllable/kanji, pronounced as "kay", while the syllabe Ke would be more accurately rendered as "keh".
-- Anonymous User  5/19/2007
I think it is a cute name. I think there's a character on Ubi named Keiko.
-- jasmineenimsaj  1/12/2008
Pronounced "keh-i-koh".
-- asforoneday  7/4/2008
I always thought it was pronounced KAY-ko.
-- GarbageGuy  8/11/2008
On Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, Miles O'Brien's wife is named Keiko. She is a botanist and later a teacher.
-- MoonAgeDaydreamer  10/27/2008
A famous bearer is Korean actress Keiko Agena (3rd October 1973, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA).
-- MaggieSimpson  3/2/2009
Pronounced kay-ko.

It is not unisex because "ko" is strictly for Japanese girl names.

For example:
Haru is unisex but if you add a "ko", Haruko, it makes it a feminine name.
-- junpyon  4/9/2011
Keiko Agena (b. 1973 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American actress.
-- Anonymous User  4/30/2012
The killer whale from "Free Willy" was named Keiko.
-- Kinola  3/28/2013
People please stop saying you know the pronunciation when you obviously don't IT IS kay-ko not kay-ii-ko lol how do you even get to that? I am a Japanese speaker for 8 years. And it is kay-ko.
-- StarlessNight  12/22/2013
Also could be 恵子 (blessed child). [noted -ed]
-- princesssara  2/21/2015
My wife's name is Keiko. She grew up in Japan, lived there 30 years, and is Japanese. "Kay-koh" is okay to say. If you want to get real technical, it is "Kay-ee-koh" with very little emphasis on "ee." Either way is perfectly acceptable. Her family (mother and 4 sisters in Japan) chooses "Kay-koh" because it is easier to say.
-- dvb  11/18/2015
Given to 11 girls in America in 2014.
-- cutenose  2/29/2016
Keiko was given to 13 girls in America in 2015, possibly because of Japanese descent.
-- cutenose  8/20/2016
Keiko Nemoto is a Japanese voice actress affiliated with 81 Produce. She is married to voice actor Masaya Takatsuka.
-- cutenose  1/12/2017

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