Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. KIE(German, Swedish, Finnish, English)
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Meaning & History

Meaning uncertain, possibly a Frisian diminutive of Gerhard, Nicolaas, Cornelis or Gaius. It is borne by a boy captured by the Snow Queen in an 1844 fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Spreading from Germany and Scandinavia, this name became popular in the English-speaking world and other places in Western Europe around the end of the 20th century.

Related Names

VariantsKay(Frisian) Kay(German) Kaj, Kay, Cai(Danish) Kay, Kaj(Norwegian) Kay, Cai, Caj, Kaj(Swedish) Kaj(Finnish)
Other Languages & CulturesNikollë(Albanian) Gerhard(Ancient Germanic) Gaios, Nicolaus, Nikolaos(Ancient Greek) Cornelius, Gaius, Caius(Ancient Roman) Nikola(Basque) Mikalai, Mikalay(Belarusian) Cornelius, Gaius(Biblical) Gaios(Biblical Greek) Gaius(Biblical Latin) Nikola, Nikolai, Nikolay(Bulgarian) Gerard, Nicolau(Catalan) Nikola(Croatian) Mikuláš, Mikoláš, Mikula, Nikola(Czech) Nikolao, Niĉjo(Esperanto) Nigul(Estonian) Corneille, Gérard, Nicolas(French) Nicolau(Galician) Gaioz, Korneli, Nikoloz, Nika, Niko, Nikusha(Georgian) Nicolaos, Nikolaos, Nik, Nikolas, Nikos(Greek) Gellért, Kornél, Miklós, Nikolasz, Kolos, Miksa(Hungarian) Gearóid, Nioclás(Irish) Cornelio, Gerardo, Gherardo, Niccolò, Nicola, Caio, Nico, Nicolao, Nicolò(Italian) Ģirts, Nikolajs, Klāvs, Niklāvs(Latvian) Sjra, Klaos(Limburgish) Kajus(Lithuanian) Klaas(Low German) Nikola(Macedonian) Nikora(Maori) Nichol, Nicol, Col(Medieval English) Gerard, Kornel, Mikołaj(Polish) Caio, Nicolau, Cornélio, Nico(Portuguese) Cornel, Corneliu, Nicolae, Neculai, Nicu, Nicușor(Romanian) Nikolai, Nikolay(Russian) Niillas, Nilas(Sami) Nicol(Scottish) Neacel(Scottish Gaelic) Nikola(Serbian) Kornel, Mikuláš(Slovak) Miklavž, Nikola, Nikolaj, Nik, Niko(Slovene) Cornelio, Gerardo, Nicolás, Nico(Spanish) Mykola(Ukrainian)
Same SpellingKai 2, Kai 3, Kai 4
User SubmissionKai

Popularity

People think this name is

modern   youthful   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   simple  

Name Days

Finland: February 16
Norway: October 14

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Entry updated April 5, 2022