Names Starting with K

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Variant of KAĞAN.
Finnish form of GABRIEL.
Finnish form of GABRIEL.
Finnish form of KATHERINE.
Finnish form of CHARLES.
Finnish form of CHARLES.
KABELOmSouthern African, Sotho
Means "given" in Sotho.
Polish form of JASPER.
KADEKm & fIndonesian, Balinese
Possibly from Balinese adik meaning "younger sibling". This name is traditionally given to the second-born child.
KADER (1)mArabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic قادر or قدير (see QADIR).
KADER (2)fTurkish
Means "fate, destiny" in Turkish.
Turkish form of QADIR.
Estonian form of KATHERINE.
Means "value" in Turkish.
Feminine form of KADRİ.
KAEDEf & mJapanese
From Japanese (kaede) meaning "maple" or other kanji which are pronounced the same way.
KAETYfEnglish (Rare)
Diminutive of KATE.
From a Turkish title meaning "king, ruler", ultimately of Mongolian origin. The title is usually translated into English as Khan.
KAGISOm & fSouthern African, Tswana
Means "peace" in Tswana.
KAHINAfNorthern African, Berber
Derived from Arabic الكاهِنة (al-Kahinah) meaning "the diviner, the fortuneteller". This was a title applied to the 7th-century Berber queen Dihya, who resisted the Arab expansion into North Africa.
From the name of a type of green gemstone found in New Zealand, meaning "sky blue" in Maori.
KAI (1)mFrisian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch
Meaning uncertain, possibly a Frisian diminutive of GERHARD, NICOLAAS, CORNELIS or GAIUS.
KAI (2)fSwedish (Rare)
Variant of KAJA (1). Note, this is primarily a masculine name in Sweden (see KAI (1)).
KAI (3)m & fHawaiian
Means "sea" in Hawaiian.
KAI (4)mChinese
From Chinese (kǎi) meaning "triumph, victory, music of triumph", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
Diminutive of KATARIINA.
KAILASHmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
From the name of a mountain in the Himalayas which is believed to be the paradise of the Hindu god Shiva. It possibly means "crystal" in Sanskrit.
KAIMANAm & fHawaiian
From Hawaiian kai "ocean, sea" and mana "power". It is also Hawaiian meaning "diamond", derived from the English word diamond.
KAINmBiblical Greek
Form of CAIN used in the Greek Old Testament.
KAINANmBiblical Greek
Form of CAINAN used in the Greek Old Testament.
KAIPOm & fHawaiian
Means "the sweetheart" from Hawaiian ka, a definite article, and ipo "sweetheart".
KAISAfFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian diminutive of KATHERINE.
German form of the Roman title Caesar (see CAESAR). It is not used as a given name in Germany itself.
Alternate transcription of Greek Καιτη (see KETI (2)).
From Japanese (kai) meaning "sea, ocean" combined with (to), which refers to a Chinese constellation, or (to) meaning "soar, fly". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
KAJ (2)fSwedish (Rare)
Variant of KAJA (1). Note, this is primarily a masculine name in Sweden (see KAJ (1)).
Diminutive of KAROLÍNA.
KAJA (1)fNorwegian, Danish, Swedish, Estonian, Slovene
Scandinavian diminutive of KATARINA.
KAJA (3)fEstonian
Means "echo" in Estonian.
KAJALfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "kohl, collyrium, lotion for the eyes" in Sanskrit.
KAJETÁNmCzech (Rare), Slovak (Rare), Hungarian (Rare)
Czech, Slovak and Hungarian form of Caietanus (see GAETANO).
Polish form of Caietanus (see GAETANO).
Swedish diminutive of KATARINA.
Lithuanian form of GAIUS.
Hawaiian form of KATHERINE.
KALA (1)fTamil
Means "art form, virtue" in Sanskrit.
KALA (2)fHawaiian
Hawaiian form of SARAH.
KALANIm & fHawaiian
Means "the heavens" from Hawaiian ka "the" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
Hawaiian form of CHARLES.
Means "joy, happiness" in Hawaiian.
KALEBmEnglish (Modern)
English variant of CALEB.
Hawaiian form of KAREN (1).
Means "sound, voice" from Hawaiian ka "the" and leo "sound, voice".
KALEV (1)mEstonian
Estonian form of KALEVA. This was the name of a hero in Estonian mythology.
From the name of the mythological ancestor of the Finns, which is of unknown meaning. The name of the Finnish epic the 'Kalevala' means "the land of Kalevi".
Variant of KALEVA.
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.
KALIDASmIndian, Hindi
Modern form of KALIDASA.
Means "servant of Kali" from the name of the Hindu goddess KALI combined with Sanskrit दास (dasa) meaning "servant". This was the name of a 4th-century Indian poet and dramatist, the author of the 'Abhijnanashakuntalam'.
Masculine form of KALINA.
KALINAfBulgarian, Macedonian, Polish
Means "viburnum tree" in Bulgarian, Macedonian and Polish.
KALISHAfAfrican American (Rare)
Combination of the popular name prefix Ka and LISHA.
Means "rock, boulder" in Estonian.
KALLEmSwedish, Finnish
Swedish and Finnish diminutive of KARL.
KALLIASmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek καλλος (kallos) meaning "beauty". This was the name of an Athenian who fought at Marathon who later became an ambassador to the Persians.
Means "beautiful power", derived from the Greek elements καλλος (kallos) meaning "beauty" and κρατος (kratos) meaning "power".
KALLIOPEfGreek Mythology
Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) meaning "beauty" and οψ (ops) meaning "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.
KALLISTOfGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek καλλιστος (kallistos) meaning "most beautiful", a derivative of καλος (kalos) meaning "beautiful". In Greek mythology Kallisto was a nymph who was loved by Zeus. She was changed into a she-bear by Hera, and subsequently became the Great Bear constellation. This was also an ancient Greek personal name.
Means "beautiful army" from the Greek elements καλλος (kallos) meaning "beauty" and στρατος (stratos) meaning "army".
Probably of Turkic origin, meaning "remainder". This was the name of a 12th-century king of Hungary. It was also borne in the 13th-century by the first king of Galicia-Volhynia, who was also a member of the Hungarian Árpád royal family. This name has been frequently confused with Koloman.
From Greek καλος Ιωαννης (kalos Ioannes) meaning "handsome JOHN", the nickname of a 13th-century emperor of Bulgaria. He successfully defended the empire from the Fourth Crusade.
KALPANAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Nepali
Means "imagining, fantasy" in Sanskrit.
Possibly from Albanian kaltër meaning "blue".
KALYANmIndian, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu
Means "beautiful, lovely, auspicious" in Sanskrit.
KALYANIfHinduism, Indian, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi
Means "beautiful, lovely, auspicious" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' this is the name of one of the Krittikas, or Pleiades. It is also another name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
KALYNAfUkrainian (Rare)
From the Ukrainian word for a type of shrub, also called the guelder rose.
Means "love, desire" in Sanskrit. Kama is the winged Hindu god of love, the son of Lakshmi.
KAMAKSHIfHinduism, Indian, Hindi
From Sanskrit काम (kama) meaning "love, desire" and अक्षि (akshi) meaning "eye". This is the name of a Hindu fertility goddess. She is considered to be an incarnation of Parvati.
KAMAL (1)mArabic
Means "perfection" in Arabic.
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".
KAMARIAfEastern African, Swahili
Swahili name, likely related to QAMAR.
Tamil form of KAMAKSHI.
KAMAUmEastern African, Kikuyu
Possibly means "quiet warrior" in Kikuyu.
Modern Persian form of CAMBYSES.
KAMBUJIYAmAncient Persian
Old Persian form of CAMBYSES.
Means "stone" in Bulgarian. This is a translation of the Greek name Petros.
KAMIL (1)mArabic
Means "perfect" in Arabic.
KAMIL (2)mCzech, Slovak, Polish
Czech, Slovak and Polish form of CAMILLUS.
KAMILAfCzech, Slovak, Polish
Czech, Slovak and Polish form of CAMILLA.
Lithuanian form of CAMILLA.
KAMILLAfHungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Hungarian form of CAMILLA, as well as a Scandinavian variant. This is also the Hungarian word for the chamomile flower (species Matricaria chamomilla).
KAMINIfIndian, Hindi
Means "desirable" in Sanskrit.
KAMONm & fThai
Means "heart, mind" in Thai.
KAMRYNfEnglish (Modern)
Feminine variant of CAMERON.
Means "the beauty" in Hawaiian.
Means "golden" in Sanskrit.
Means "beloved" in Thai.
Means "made of candy" in Esperanto.
KANDAKEfBiblical, Biblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of CANDACE.
Variant of CANDY.
Anglicized form of CATHÁN.
KANEONUSKATEWmNative American, Cree
Means "one that walks on four claws" in Cree. This was the name of a 19th-century Cree chief.
KANIEHTIIOfNative American, Mohawk
Means "beautiful snow" in Mohawk.
Tamil form of KRISHNA.
From Japanese (ka) meaning "flower, blossom" and (non) meaning "sound". Other kanji combinations are possible as well.
KANTAf & mIndian, Hindi, Bengali
Means "desired, beautiful" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form कान्ता and the masculine form कान्त.
KANTIf & mHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Bengali
Means "beauty" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form कान्ती (another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi) and the masculine form कान्ति.
KANTUTAfNative American, Aymara
Means "cantua flower" in Aymara (species Cantua buxifolia).
Means "young woman" in Thai.
KAOLINmEnglish (Rare)
Anglicized form of CAOLÁN. This is also the name of a type of clay.
From Japanese (kaori) meaning "fragrance". It can also come from an alternate reading of (ka) combined with (ori) meaning "weaving". Other kanji combinations are possible. It is often written using the hiragana writing system.
KAORUf & mJapanese
From Japanese (kaoru), (kaoru), (kaoru) all meaning "fragrance, fragrant", as well as other kanji having the same reading.
Yiddish diminutive of JACOB.
Means "captain" in Hawaiian.
KAPILmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Modern form of KAPILA.
Means "reddish brown" in Sanskrit, derived from कपि (kapi) "monkey". In the Hindu epic the 'Mahabharata' this is the name of a sage who founded Samkhya philosophy and is identified with the god Vishnu.
Means "the good one" from Hawaiian ka, a definite article, and pono "good, moral".
KAPUAf & mHawaiian
Means "the flower" or "the child" from Hawaiian ka, a definite article, and pua "flower, offspring".
KÁRAfNorse Mythology
Probably from Old Norse kárr meaning "curly, curved". In Norse legend this is the name of a valkyrie.
KARA (1)fEnglish
Variant of CARA.
KARA (2)mTurkish
Means "black, dark" in Turkish.
KARAMm & fArabic
Means "generosity" in Arabic.
KARANmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi
Means "clever, skillful" in Sanskrit.
Diminutive of KÁROLY.
KÅREmNorwegian, Swedish, Danish
From the Old Norse name Kári meaning "curly, curved".
Alternate transcription of Arabic كريم (see KARIM). A famous bearer of this name is basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947-).
Western Armenian transcription of GAREGIN.
KARELmDutch, Czech, Slovene
Dutch, Czech and Slovene form of CHARLES.
KAREN (1)fDanish, Norwegian, Icelandic, German, English
Danish short form of KATHERINE. It became common in the English-speaking world after the 1930s.
KAREN (2)mArmenian
Western Armenian transcription of GAREN.
KAREN (3)fJapanese
From Japanese (ka) meaning "flower" and (ren) meaning "lotus, water lily". Other combinations of kanji can also form this name.
KARENAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaboration of KAREN (1), possibly influenced by CARINA (1).
Means "worthy of a caress" in Esperanto.
KÁRImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of KÅRE.
KARI (1)fNorwegian
Norwegian short form of KATARINA.
KARI (2)mFinnish
Finnish form of Macarius (see MACARIO).
KARIMmArabic, Persian
Means "generous, noble" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الكريم (al-Karim) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
Feminine form of KARIM.
KARINE (1)fFrench
French form of CARINA (1). It can also function as a short form of CATHERINE, via Swedish Karin.
KARINE (2)fNorwegian
Elaborated form of KARIN.
KARISHMAfIndian, Hindi
Means "miracle" in Hindi.
Variant of CARITA.
KARIUKImEastern African, Kikuyu
Means "reincarnated one" in Kikuyu.
KARLmGerman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, Finnish, Ancient Germanic
German and Scandinavian form of CHARLES. This was the name of seven emperors of the Holy Roman Empire and an emperor of Austria, as well as kings of Sweden and Norway. Other famous bearers include Karl Marx (1818-1883), the German philosopher and revolutionary who laid the foundations for communism, and Karl Jaspers (1883-1969), a German existentialist philosopher.
KARLAfGerman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Croatian
German, Scandinavian, Czech and Croatian feminine form of CHARLES.
Croatian form of CHARLES.
KARMAm & fBhutanese
From the Sanskrit word कर्म (karma) meaning "action, deed, fate".
Croatian form of CARMELA.
KARMENfSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of CARMEN.
Derived from Sanskrit कर्ण (karna) meaning "ear". This is the name of the son of the Hindu sun god Surya and the goddess Kunti, who gave birth to him through her ear. He was a great warrior who joined the Kauravas to fight against his half-brothers the Pandavas, eventually becoming the king of Anga.
KAROLmPolish, Slovak, Slovene
Polish, Slovak and Slovene form of KARL.
KAROLAfHungarian, German
Hungarian and German feminine form of CAROLUS.
Finnish feminine form of CAROLUS.
Czech feminine form of CAROLUS.
Lithuanian form of CAROLUS.
Greek form of CAROLUS.
Hungarian form of KARL.
Russian form of Karpos (see CARPUS).
Variant of CARRIE.
KARTHIKmTamil, Indian, Telugu, Malayalam
Southern Indian form of KARTIK.
KARTHIKAfTamil, Indian, Malayalam
Southern Indian feminine form of KARTIK.
KARTIKmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
From Sanskrit कृत्तिका (krittika), the name for the constellation of the Pleiades.
From Sanskrit कृत्तिका (krittika), the name for the constellation of the Pleiades, ultimately from कृत् (krit) meaning "to cut, to divide". This is another name for the Hindu god Skanda.
KASANDRAfEnglish (Modern), Polish
English variant and Polish form of CASSANDRA.
KASEYm & fEnglish
Variant of CASEY.
KASHIfIndian, Hindi
From the name of a holy city in India, famous for its many temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Its name is derived from Sanskrit काशि (kashi) meaning "shining".
KASIfIndian, Telugu, Tamil
Southern Indian form of KASHI.
Diminutive of KATARZYNA.
KASIHfIndonesian, Malay
Means "love" in Malay and Indonesian.
Turkish form of QASIM.
German form of JASPER.
Lithuanian form of JASPER.
Latvian form of JASPER.
KASPERmDutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Dutch and Scandinavian form of JASPER.
KASSANDRAfGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek, English (Modern)
Greek form of CASSANDRA, as well as a modern English variant.
From Japanese (kasumi) meaning "mist". It can also come from (ka) meaning "flower, blossom" combined with (sumi) meaning "clear, pure". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
Diminutive of KATHERINE.
KATAfHungarian, Finnish, Croatian
Hungarian short form of KATALIN, Finnish short form of KATARIINA and Croatian short form of KATARINA.
KATALINfHungarian, Basque
Hungarian and Basque form of KATHERINE.
Hungarian diminutive of KATALIN.
Means "summit, crest" in Armenian.
KATARIINAfFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of KATHERINE.
Breton form of KATHERINE.
Slovak form of KATHERINE.
Polish form of KATHERINE.
From Japanese (katashi) meaning "hard, firm" or other kanji and kanji combinations which are pronounced the same way.
Possibly from the Persian elements kata "house, city" (but also "king, lord") and bânu "wife".
KATEfEnglish, Croatian
Diminutive of KATHERINE, often used independently. It has been used in England since the Middle Ages. This was the name of the woman who Petruchio marries and tries to tame in Shakespeare's comedy 'Taming of the Shrew' (1593). A famous bearer is the British actress Kate Winslet (1975-).
KATEEfEnglish (Rare)
Diminutive of KATE.
Dutch form of KATHERINE, used especially in Flanders.
Dutch form of KATHERINE, used especially in Flanders.
Breton form of KATHERINE.
Diminutive of YEKATERINA.
From the Mohawk pronunciation of KATHERINE. This was the name adopted by the 17th-century Mohawk woman Tekakwitha upon her baptism. She has been beatified by the Catholic Church.
Czech form of KATHERINE.
KATERINAfMacedonian, Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, Late Roman
Macedonian form of KATHERINE, a Russian short form of YEKATERINA, a Bulgarian short form of EKATERINA, and a Greek variant of AIKATERINE.
Ukrainian form of KATHERINE.
Diminutive of KATE.
KATHARINEfEnglish, German
English variant of KATHERINE and German variant of KATHARINA. A famous bearer was American actress Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003).
German diminutive of KATHERINE.
KATHERINAfEnglish (Rare), German
Latinate form of KATHERINE. Shakespeare used this name in his play 'Taming of the Shrew' (1593).
From the Greek name Αικατερινη (Aikaterine). The etymology is debated: it could derive from the earlier Greek name ‘Εκατερινη (Hekaterine), which came from ‘εκατερος (hekateros) "each of the two"; it could derive from the name of the goddess HECATE; it could be related to Greek αικια (aikia) "torture"; or it could be from a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name". In the early Christian era it became associated with Greek καθαρος (katharos) "pure", and the Latin spelling was changed from Katerina to Katharina to reflect this.... [more]
Diminutive of KATHERINE.
Diminutive of KATHERINE.
KATHLEENfIrish, English
Anglicized form of CAITLÍN.
Anglicized form of CAITLÍN.
German short form of KATHARINA.
KATHRINEfDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of KATHERINE.
Contracted form of KATHERINE.
Diminutive of KATHERINE.
KATIfFinnish, Estonian, Hungarian
Finnish and Estonian diminutive of KATARIINA and a Hungarian diminutive of KATALIN.
KATIAfItalian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Italian diminutive of CATERINA, as well as an alternate transcription of Russian/Ukrainian/Bulgarian Катя (see KATYA).
KATICAfCroatian, Slovene, Hungarian
Croatian, Slovene and Hungarian diminutive of KATHERINE.
Means "kittenish" in Esperanto.
Diminutive of KATE.
KATINAfGreek, Macedonian
Greek and Macedonian contracted form of KATERINA. This name had a spike in popularity in America in 1972 when it was used for a newborn baby on the soap opera 'Where the Heart Is'.
KATINKAfGerman, Hungarian, Dutch
German diminutive of KATHARINA, a Hungarian diminutive of KATALIN and a Dutch diminutive of CATHARINA.
Italian form of KATYUSHA.
KATLEGOm & fSouthern African, Tswana
Means "success" in Tswana.
KATLEHOmSouthern African, Sotho
Means "success" in Sotho.
KATOmEastern African, Ganda
Means "second of twins" in Luganda.
Hungarian diminutive of KATALIN.