KADEKm & fIndonesian, Balinese
Possibly from Balinese adik
meaning "younger sibling". This name is traditionally given to the second-born child.
KAEDEf & mJapanese
From Japanese 楓 (kaede)
meaning "maple" or other kanji which are pronounced the same way.
KAHURANGIf & mMaori
From the name of a type of green gemstone found in New Zealand, meaning "sky blue" in Maori.
KAIMANAm & fHawaiian
From Hawaiian kai
"ocean, sea" and mana
"power". It is also Hawaiian meaning "diamond", derived from the English word diamond
KAIPOm & fHawaiian
Means "the sweetheart" from Hawaiian ka
, a definite article, and ipo
KALANIm & fHawaiian
Means "the heavens" from Hawaiian ka
"the" and lani
"heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
KALIf & mHinduism, Bengali, Tamil
Means "the black one" in Sanskrit. The Hindu goddess Kali is the fierce destructive form of the wife of Shiva
. She is usually depicted with black skin and four arms, holding a severed head and brandishing a sword. As a personal name, it is generally masculine in India.
KAMALAf & mHinduism, Tamil, Indian, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Nepali
Means "lotus" or "pale red" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form कमला
and the masculine form कमल
. This is the name of one of the Krittikas, or Pleiades, in Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata'. It is also another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi
KAMALANIf & mHawaiian
Means "heavenly child" or "royal child" from Hawaiian kama
"child" and lani
"heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
KAORUf & mJapanese
From Japanese 薫 (kaoru)
, 香 (kaoru)
, 馨 (kaoru)
all meaning "fragrance, fragrant", as well as other kanji having the same reading.
KAPUAf & mHawaiian
Means "the flower" or "the child" from Hawaiian ka
, a definite article, and pua
KAUIf & mHawaiian
Means "the youthful one" from Hawaiian ka
, a definite article, and u'i
KAWEHIf & mHawaiian
Means "the adornment" from Hawaiian ka
, a definite article, and wehi
KEAHIf & mHawaiian
Means "the fire" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and ahi
KEALAf & mHawaiian
Means "the path" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and ala
KEALOHAf & mHawaiian
Means "the loved one" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and aloha
KEANUm & fHawaiian
Means "the cool breeze" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and anu
"coolness". This name is now associated with Canadian actor Keanu Reeves (1964-).
KELLYm & fIrish, 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).
KELSEYf & mEnglish
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
KENDALLm & fEnglish
From a surname which comes from the name of the city of Kendale in northwest England meaning "valley on the river Kent".
KENNEDYf & mEnglish, 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).
KEONEm & fHawaiian
Means "the homeland" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and one
KERRYm & fEnglish
From the name of the Irish county, called Ciarraí
in Irish Gaelic, which means "CIAR
KETUTm & fIndonesian, Balinese
Possibly from a Balinese word meaning "small banana". This name is traditionally given to the fourth child.
KHURSHIDm & fPersian, 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.
KIM (1)f & mEnglish
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.
KOMANGm & fIndonesian, Balinese
Meaning unknown. This name is traditionally given to the third-born child in Balinese families.
KUNf & mChinese
From Chinese 坤 (kūn)
meaning "earth, female", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
KYOUm & fJapanese
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.
KYRIEm & fEnglish (Modern)
From the name of a Christian prayer, also called the Kyrie eleison
meaning "Lord, have mercy". It is ultimately from Greek κυριος (kyrios)
meaning "lord". In America it was popularized as a masculine name by basketball player Kyrie Irving (1992-), whose name is pronounced differently than the prayer.