KATASHI m Japanese
From Japanese 堅 (katashi)
meaning "hard, firm" or other kanji and kanji combinations which are pronounced the same way.
KATSU m Japanese
From Japanese 勝 (katsu)
meaning "victory", as well as other kanji having the same pronunciation.
KATSUO m Japanese
From Japanese 勝 (katsu)
meaning "victory" and 雄 (o)
meaning "hero, manly". Other combinations of kanji are also possible.
KATSUROU m Japanese
From Japanese 勝 (katsu)
meaning "victory" and 郎 (rou)
meaning "son". Different kanji characters can combine to form this name as well.
KAUI f & m Hawaiian
Means "the youthful one" from Hawaiian ka
, a definite article, and u'i
KAURI m Maori
From the name of a type of tree found in New Zealand (species Agathis australis).
KAVEH m Persian, Persian Mythology
Possibly means "royal" in Avestan. In Persian mythology Kaveh is a blacksmith who leads a rebellion against the evil ruler Zahhak.
KAVI m Indian, Hindi
From a title for a a poet, meaning "wise man, sage, poet" in Sanskrit.
KAWEHI f & m Hawaiian
Means "the adornment" from Hawaiian ka
, a definite article, and wehi
KAY (2) m Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
From the Welsh name Cai
, possibly a form of the Roman name GAIUS
. Sir Kay was one of the Knights of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. He first appears in Welsh tales as a brave companion of Arthur. In later medieval tales, notably those by the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes, he is portrayed as an unrefined boor.
KAZUKI m Japanese
From Japanese 一 (kazu)
meaning "one" or 和 (kazu)
meaning "harmony, peace" combined with 輝 (ki)
meaning "brightness", 希 (ki)
meaning "hope" or 樹 (ki)
meaning "tree", as well as other combinations of kanji characters.
KAZUO m Japanese
From Japanese 一 (kazu)
meaning "one" or 和 (kazu)
meaning "harmony, peace" combined with 男 (o)
meaning "male, man" or 夫 (o)
meaning "husband, man". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
KEAHI f & m Hawaiian
Means "the fire" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and ahi
KEALA f & m Hawaiian
Means "the path" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and ala
KEALOHA f & m Hawaiian
Means "the loved one" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and aloha
KEANU m & f Hawaiian
Means "the cool breeze" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and anu
KEATON m English (Modern)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "shed town" in Old English.
KEEGAN m Irish, English
From an Irish surname, the Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Aodhagáin
, which means "descendant of Aodhagán". The given name Aodhagán
is a double diminutive of AODH
KEES m Dutch
Dutch diminutive of CORNELIUS
. A notable bearer was the Dutch painter Kees van Dongen (1877-1968).
KEITH m English, Scottish
From a Scottish surname which was originally derived from a place name, itself probably derived from the Brythonic element cet
meaning "wood". This was the surname of a long line of Scottish nobles. It has been used as a given name since the 19th century.
KEKOA m Hawaiian
Means "the warrior" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and koa
"warrior, koa tree".
KELLY m & f Irish, English
Anglicized form of the Irish given name CEALLACH
or the surname derived from it Ó Ceallaigh
. As a surname, it has been borne by actor and dancer Gene Kelly (1912-1996) and actress and princess Grace Kelly (1929-1982).
KELSEY f & m English
From an English surname which is derived from town names in Lincolnshire. It may mean "Cenel's island", from the Old English name Cenel
"fierce" in combination with eg
KELVIN m English
From the name of a Scottish river, perhaps meaning "narrow water". As a title it was borne by the Irish-Scottish physicist William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), who acquired his title from the river.
KEMAL m Turkish
Turkish form of KAMAL (1)
. This was the second name, acquired in his youth, of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938), the founder of modern Turkey.
KEMP m English (Rare)
From a surname derived from Middle English kempe
meaning "champion, athlete, warrior".
KEN (2) m Japanese
From Japanese 健 (ken)
meaning "healthy, strong" or other kanji which are pronounced the same way.
KENAN m Biblical
Possibly means "possession" in Hebrew. He is a son of Enosh
and a great-grandson of Adam
in the Old Testament.
KENANIAH m Biblical
establishes" in Hebrew. This was the name of two minor Old Testament characters.
KENDALL m & f English
From a surname which comes from the name of the city of Kendale in northwest England meaning "valley on the river Kent".
KENDRICK m English
From a surname which has several different origins. It could be from the Old English given names Cyneric
"royal power" or Cenric
"bold power", or from the Welsh name Cynwrig
"chief hero". It can also be an Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Mac Eanraig
meaning "son of HENRY
KENELM m English (Rare)
From the Old English name Cenhelm
, which was composed of the elements cene
"bold, keen" and helm
"helmet". Saint Kenelm was a 9th-century martyr from Mercia, where he was a member of the royal family. The name was occasionally used during the Middle Ages, but has since become rare.
KEN'ICHI m Japanese
From Japanese 健 (ken)
meaning "healthy, strong" or 研 (ken)
meaning "study, sharpen" combined with 一 (ichi)
meaning "one". Other kanji combinations are possible.
KENJI m Japanese
From Japanese 研 (ken)
meaning "study, sharpen" and 二 (ji)
meaning "two", as well as other combinations of kanji characters.
KENNEDY f & m English, Irish
From an irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Cinnéidigh
meaning "descendant of CENNÉTIG
". The name is often given in honour of assassinated American president John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).
KENNETH m Scottish, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Anglicized form of both COINNEACH
. This name was borne by the Scottish king Kenneth (Cináed) mac Alpin, who united the Scots and Picts in the 9th century. It was popularized outside of Scotland by Sir Walter Scott, who used it for the hero in his novel 'The Talisman' (1825). A famous bearer was the British novelist Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932), who wrote 'The Wind in the Willows'.
KENSHIN m Japanese
From Japanese 謙 (ken)
meaning "humble, modest" and 信 (shin)
meaning "trust, believe". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
KENT m English
From a surname which was originally derived from Kent
, the name of a county in England, which may be derived from a Brythonic word meaning "coastal district".
KENTA m Japanese
From Japanese 健 (ken)
meaning "healthy, strong" and 太 (ta)
meaning "thick, big", as well as other kanji combinations having the same pronunciation.
KENTIGERN m Scottish
Possibly means "chief lord" in Gaelic. This was the name of a 6th-century saint from Glasgow.
KENTON m English
From a surname which was derived from an English place name meaning either "town on the River Kenn" or "royal town" in Old English.
KENYON m English
From a surname which was derived from an English place name, of uncertain meaning.
KEONE m & f Hawaiian
Means "the homeland" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and one
KERMIT m English
From a Manx surname, a variant of the Irish surname MacDermott
meaning "son of DIARMAID
". Theodore Roosevelt used it for one of his sons. The name is now associated with Kermit the Frog, one of the Muppets created by puppeteer Jim Henson.
KERR m Scottish, English (Rare)
From a Scottish surname which was derived from a place name meaning "rough wet ground" in Old Norse.
KERRY m & f English
From the name of the Irish county, called Ciarraí
in Irish Gaelic, which means "CIAR
KĘSTUTIS m Lithuanian
Means "to cope" in Lithuanian. This was the name of a 14th-century ruler of Lithuania.
KETIL m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Ketill
meaning "kettle, cauldron" (later also acquiring the meaning "helmet"). In old Scandinavian rituals the ketill
was used to catch the blood of sacrificed animals.
KETUT m & f Indonesian, Balinese
Possibly from a Balinese word meaning "small banana". This name is traditionally given to the fourth child.
KEVIN m English, Irish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Anglicized form of the Irish name Caoimhín
, derived from the older Irish Cóemgein
, composed of the Old Irish elements cóem
"kind, gentle, handsome" and gein
"birth". Saint Caoimhín established a monastery in Glendalough, Ireland in the 6th century and is the patron saint of Dublin. It became popular in the English-speaking world outside of Ireland in the 20th century.
KHALID m Arabic
Means "eternal", derived from Arabic خلد (khalada)
"to last forever". This name was borne by a 7th-century Islamic military leader, Khalid ibn-al-Walid.
KHALIFA m Arabic
Means "successor, caliph" in Arabic. The title caliph
was given to the successors of the Prophet Muhammad
, originally elected by the Islamic populace.
KHALIQ m Arabic
Means "creator" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الخليق (al-Khaliq)
is one of the 99 names of Allah.
KHAN m Urdu, Pashto
From a title meaning "king, ruler". Its origin is Mongolian, though the word has been transmitted into many other languages.
KHANPASHA m Chechen
Derived from the Turkic title Khan
which means "ruler, leader" combined with the high Ottoman military rank pasha
KHAYYAM m Arabic
Means "tent maker" in Arabic. This was the surname of the 12th-century Persian poet Omar Khayyam.
KHURSHID m & f Persian, Urdu, Persian Mythology
Modern Persian form of Avestan Hvare Khshaeta
meaning "shining sun". In Zoroastrianism this was the name of a Yazata (or angel) who was associated with the sun.
KHWAJA m Persian
From a title meaning "master, owner" in Persian. It is not generally used as a name itself.
KICHIROU m Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (kichi)
meaning "good luck" and 郎 (rou)
meaning "son". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
KIM (1) f & m English
At the present it is usually considered a short form of KIMBERLY
, but it in fact predates it as a given name. The author Rudyard Kipling used it for the title hero of his novel 'Kim' (1901), though in this case it was short for KIMBALL
. In her novel 'Show Boat' (1926) Edna Ferber used it for a female character who was born on the Mississippi River and was named from the initials of the states Kentucky, Illinois and Mississippi. The name was popularized in America by the actresses Kim Hunter (1922-2002) and Kim Novak (1933-), both of whom assumed it as a stage name.
KING m English
From a nickname which derives from the English word king
, ultimately from Old English cyning
KINGSLEY m English (Modern)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "king's wood" in Old English.
KINGSTON m English (Modern)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "king's town" in Old English.
KIP m English
From a nickname, probably from the English word kipper
meaning "male salmon".
KIPLING m English (Rare)
From an English surname which was from a place name meaning "Cybbel's cottage". The surname was borne by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), a British novelist born in India who wrote 'The Jungle Book' and other works.
KIRBY m English
From an English surname which was originally from a place name meaning "church settlement" in Old Norse.
KIRK m English
From an English and Scottish surname meaning "church" from Old Norse kirkja
, ultimately from Greek. A famous bearer was American actor Kirk Douglas (1916-), whose birth name was Issur Danielovitch.
KLEITOS m Ancient Greek
Means "splendid, famous" in Greek. This was the name of one of the generals of Alexander the Great.
KLEMENS m German, Danish, Swedish, Polish
German, Danish, Swedish and Polish form of Clemens
). Prince Klemens Metternich was a 19th-century Austrian chancellor who guided the Austrian Empire to victory in the Napoleonic Wars.
KNOX m English
From a Scottish surname which was derived from Old English cnocc
KNUT m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
Derived from Old Norse knútr
meaning "knot". Knut was a Danish prince who defeated Æðelræd II, king of England, in the early 11th century and became the ruler of Denmark, Norway and England.
KOBE (2) m Various
From the name of the city in Japan. The parents of basketball player Kobe Bryant (1978-) chose this name after seeing Kobe beef (which is from the Japanese city) on a menu.
KOIOS m Greek Mythology
Possibly derived from Greek κοιος (koios)
, also spelled ποιος (poios)
, a questioning word meaning approximately "of what kind?". This was the name of a Titan god of intelligence in Greek mythology.
KOLOMAN m German (Rare), Slovak
German and Slovak form of COLMÁN
. Saint Koloman (also called Coloman or Colman) was an Irish monk who was martyred in Stockerau in Austria.
KOMANG m & f Indonesian, Balinese
Meaning unknown. This name is traditionally given to the third-born child in Balinese families.
KORBINIAN m German
Derived from Latin corvus
meaning "raven". This was the name of an 8th-century Frankish saint who was sent by Pope Gregory II to evangelize in Bavaria. His real name may have been Hraban
KOUKI m Japanese
From Japanese 光 (kou)
meaning "light" or 幸 (kou)
meaning "happiness, good luck" combined with 希 (ki)
meaning "hope" or 輝 (ki)
meaning "brightness". This name can be formed from other combinations of kanji characters as well.
KOUTA m Japanese
From Japanese 康 (kou)
meaning "peace" and 太 (ta)
meaning "thick, big". Other kanji combinations are possible.
KREIOS m Greek Mythology
Possibly derived from either Greek κρειων (kreion)
"lord, master" or κριος (krios)
"ram, male sheep". This was the name of a Titan in Greek mythology.
KREŠIMIR m Croatian
From the Slavic elements kresu
"spark, light, rouse" and miru
"peace, world". This was the name of four kings of Croatia.
KRISHNA m Hinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali
Means "black, dark" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a Hindu god believed to be an incarnation of the god Vishnu
. He was the youngest of King Vasudeva's eight children, six of whom were killed by King Kamsa because of a prophecy that a child of Vasudeva would kill Kamsa. Krishna however was saved and he eventually killed the king as well as performing many other great feats. In some Hindu traditions, Krishna is regarded as the supreme deity. He is usually depicted with blue skin.