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)
meaning "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 probably 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.
KUDRET m Turkish
Means "power, might" in Turkish, ultimately from Persian.
KUMAR m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Odia, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Nepali
Modern form of KUMARA
KUMARA m Hinduism
Derived from Sanskrit कुमार (kumara)
meaning "boy, son". In Hindu texts this is an epithet of both the fire god Agni
and the war god Skanda
KUN f & m Chinese
From Chinese 坤 (kūn)
meaning "earth, female", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
KUNALA m Sanskrit
Means "lotus" in Sanskrit. This was the name of a son of the 3rd-century BC Indian emperor Ashoka.
KUROU m Japanese
From Japanese 九 (ku)
meaning "nine" and 郎 (rou)
meaning "son". This name was traditionally given to the ninth son. Other combinations of kanji characters are also possible.
KURT m German, English
German contracted form of CONRAD
. A famous bearer was the American musician Kurt Cobain (1967-1994).
KYLE m English
From a Scottish surname which was derived from Gaelic caol
meaning "narrows, channel, strait".
KYLER m English (Modern)
Probably a variant of KYLE
, blending it with TYLER
. It also coincides with the rare surname Kyler
, an Anglicized form of Dutch Cuyler
, which is of uncertain meaning.
KYOU m & f Japanese
From Japanese 協 (kyou)
meaning "unite, cooperate", 京 (kyou)
meaning "capital city", 郷 (kyou)
meaning "village", 杏 (kyou)
meaning "apricot", or other kanji with the same pronunciation.
LABAN m Biblical
Derived from Hebrew לָבָן (lavan)
meaning "white". In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Rachel and Leah.
LACHLAN m Scottish, English (Australian)
Originally a Scottish nickname for a person who was from Norway. In Scotland, Norway was known as the "land of the lochs", or Lochlann
LACHTNA m Irish
Means "milk-coloured" in Irish Gaelic. According to legend this was the name of an ancestor of the Irish king Brian
LACY f & m English
From a surname which was derived from Lassy
, the name of a town in Normandy. The name of the town was Gaulish in origin, perhaps deriving from a personal name which was Latinized as Lascius
LAEL m Biblical
Means "of God" in Hebrew. This was the name of the father of Eliasaph in the Old Testament.
LAIUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Λαιος (Laios)
, which is of unknown meaning. This was the name of a king of Thebes in Greek mythology, the husband of Jocasta
. Due to a prophecy that he would be killed by his son, Laius left his infant Oedipus
for dead. The boy survived but was ignorant of his true parentage. Years later he unwittingly killed Laius in a quarrel on the road.
LAKE m & f English (Rare)
From the English word lake
, for the inland body of water. It is ultimately derived from Latin lacus
LAKSHMANA m Hinduism
Means "having lucky marks" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the 'Ramayana' he is the trusted companion of the hero Rama
, accompanying him into exile.
LAKSHMI f & m Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi
Means "sign, mark" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu goddess of prosperity, good luck, and beauty. She is the wife of Vishnu
and her symbol is the lotus flower, with which she is often depicted.
LAL m Indian, Hindi, Nepali
Means "boy" in Hindi, derived from Sanskrit लल (lala)
meaning "playing, caressing".
LAMAR m English, African American
From a French and English surname, originally from a place name in Normandy, which was derived from Old French la mare
meaning "the pool".
LAMBAER m Limburgish
Limburgish form of LAMBERT
. Its spelling has been influenced by the French pronunciation of Lambert.
LAMECH m Biblical
Possibly means "to make low" in Hebrew. This is the name of two characters in Genesis in the Old Testament: a descendant of Cain
and the father of Noah
LAMONT m English
From a Scottish surname which was derived from the Old Norse given name Logmaðr
meaning "law man".
LAN f & m Chinese, Vietnamese
From Chinese 兰 (lán)
meaning "orchid, elegant" (which is usually only feminine) or 岚 (lán)
meaning "mountain mist". Other Chinese characters can form this name as well. As a Vietnamese name, it is derived from Sino-Vietnamese 蘭
LANCE m English
From the Germanic name Lanzo
, originally a short form of names that began with the element land
meaning "land". During the Middle Ages it became associated with Old French lance
"spear, lance". A famous bearer is American cyclist Lance Armstrong (1971-).
LANCELOT m Arthurian Romance
Meaning unknown, possibly an Old French diminutive of Lanzo
). In Arthurian legend Lancelot was the bravest of the Knights of the Round Table. He became the lover of Arthur
's wife Guinevere
. His earliest appearance is in the works of the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes.