KASHI f Indian, 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)
KASUMI f Japanese
From Japanese 霞 (kasumi)
meaning "mist". It can also come from 花 (ka)
meaning "flower, blossom" combined with 澄 (sumi)
meaning "clear, pure". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
KATAYUN f Persian
Possibly from the Persian elements kata
"house, city" (but also "king, lord") and bânu
KATE f English, 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-).
KATERI f History
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.
KATHERINE f English
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
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KATINA f Greek, 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'.
KAUI f & m Hawaiian
Means "the youthful one" from Hawaiian ka
, a definite article, and u'i
KAUR f Indian (Sikh)
Means "princess", ultimately from Sanskrit कुमारी (kumari)
meaning "girl". This surname was assigned to all female Sikhs in 1699 by Guru Gobind Singh. It is now used as a surname or a middle name by most female Sikhs. The male equivalent is Singh
KAUSALYA f Hinduism
Means "of the Kosala people" in Sanskrit. Kosala was an ancient Indian kingdom that was at its most powerful in the 6th century BC. In Hindu legend Kausalya is the name of the mother of the hero Rama
KAWEHI f & m Hawaiian
Means "the adornment" from Hawaiian ka
, a definite article, and wehi
KAYLA f English
Combination of KAY (1)
and the popular name suffix la
. Use of the name was greatly increased in the 1980s after the character Kayla Brady began appearing on the American soap opera 'Days of Our Lives'.
KAYLEIGH f English (Modern)
Variant of KAYLEE
. This is also a common Anglicized form of the Gaelic word ceilidh
, a traditional social gathering and dance.
KAZUE f Japanese
From Japanese 和 (kazu)
meaning "harmony, peace" or 一 (kazu)
meaning "one" combined with 枝 (e)
meaning "branch" or 恵 (e)
meaning "favour, benefit". Other combinations of kanji characters can potentially form this name.
KAZUKO f Japanese
From Japanese 一 (kazu)
meaning "one" or 和 (kazu)
meaning "harmony, peace" combined with 子 (ko)
meaning "child". This name can also be formed from other kanji combinations.
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
"coolness". This name is now associated with Canadian actor Keanu Reeves (1964-).
KEELY f English
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Caolaidhe
meaning "descendant of Caoladhe". The given name Caoladhe
is derived from the Gaelic word caol
KEIGHLEY f English (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from an English place name, ultimately meaning "clearing belonging to Cyhha". The Old English given name Cyhha
is of unknown meaning. This name also serves as a variant of KAYLEE
KEIKO f Japanese
From Japanese 慶 (kei)
meaning "celebrate", 敬 (kei)
meaning "respect", 啓 (kei)
meaning "open, begin" or 恵 (kei)
meaning "favour, benefit" combined with 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
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
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".
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).
KENYA f English, African American
From the name of the African country. The country is named for Mount Kenya, which in the Kikuyu language is called Kĩrĩnyaga
meaning "the one having stripes". It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 1960s.
KEONE m & f Hawaiian
Means "the homeland" from Hawaiian ke
, a definite article, and one
KEREN f Hebrew
Means "horn" or "ray of light" in Hebrew.
KEREN-HAPPUCH f Biblical
Means "horn of antimony" in Hebrew. Antimony is a substance that was formerly used as an eye cosmetic (eyeshadow). A hollowed animal horn could have been used to store this material. Keren-Happuch is the name of the third daughter of Job in the Old Testament.
KERRY m & f English
From the name of the Irish county, called Ciarraí
in Irish Gaelic, which means "CIAR
KESTREL f English (Rare)
From the name of the bird of prey, ultimately derived from Old French crecelle
"rattle", which refers to the sound of its cry.
KETUT m & f Indonesian, Balinese
Possibly from a Balinese word meaning "small banana". This name is traditionally given to the fourth child.
KEZIAH f Biblical
From the Hebrew name קְצִיעָה (Qetzi'ah)
meaning "cassia, cinnamon", from the name of the spice tree. In the Old Testament she is a daughter of Job.
KHADIJA f Arabic
Means "premature child" in Arabic. This was the name of the Prophet Muhammad
's first wife and the mother of all of his children. She was a wealthy merchant and a widow when they married in the year 595. Muhammad received his first revelation 15 years after their marriage, and she was the first person to convert to Islam.
KHALEESI f Literature
From a title used in the George R. R. Martin book series 'A Song of Ice and Fire' (first published 1996) and the television adaption 'Game of Thrones' (2011-). It is a feminine form of the Dothraki title khal
meaning "warlord". In the series Daenerys
Targaryen gains this title after she marries Khal Drogo.
KHULAN f Mongolian
Means "onager, wild donkey" in Mongolian. This was the name of a wife of Genghis Khan.
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.
KI f Sumerian Mythology
Means "earth" in Sumerian. This was the name of the Sumerian goddess of the earth, the consort of An
KIARA f English (Modern)
Variant of CIARA (1)
. This name was brought to public attention in 1988 after the singing duo Kiara released their song 'This Time'. It was further popularized by a character in the animated movie 'The Lion King II' (1998).
KIKU f Japanese
From Japanese 菊 (kiku)
meaning "chrysanthemum", as well as other kanji characters which are pronounced the same way.
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.
KIMBERLY f English
From the name of the city of Kimberley
in South Africa, which was named after Lord KIMBERLEY
(1826-1902). The city came to prominence in the late 19th century during the Boer War. Kimberly
has been used as a given name since the mid-20th century, eventually becoming very popular as a feminine name.
KIMIKO f Japanese
From Japanese 貴 (ki)
meaning "valuable" with 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful" or 君 (kimi)
meaning "lord, noble" combined with 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other kanji combinations are possible.
KINCSŐ f Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian kincs
"treasure". This name was created by Hungarian author Mór Jókai in 'The Novel of the Next Century' (1872).
KINNERET f Hebrew
From the name of a large lake in northern Israel, usually called the Sea of Galilee in English. Its name is derived from Hebrew כִּנּוֹר (kinnor)
meaning "harp" because of its shape.
KIRI f Maori
Means "skin of a tree or fruit" in Maori. This name has been brought to public attention by New Zealand opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa (1944-).
KIYOKO f Japanese
From Japanese 清 (kiyo)
meaning "clear, pure, clean" or 聖 (kiyo)
meaning "holy" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". This name can also be formed from other combinations of kanji characters.
KIZZY f English
Diminutive of KEZIAH
. This particular spelling was repopularized in the late 1970s by a character in the book and miniseries 'Roots'.
KLEIO f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek κλεος (kleos)
meaning "glory". In Greek mythology she was the goddess of history and heroic poetry, one of the nine Muses. She was said to have introduced the alphabet to Greece.
KLOTHO f Greek Mythology
Means "spinner" in Greek. In Greek mythology Klotho was one of the three Fates or Μοιραι
(Moirai). She was responsible for spinning the thread of life.
KLYTIË f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek κλυτος (klytos)
meaning "famous, noble". In Greek myth Klytië was an ocean nymph who loved the sun god Helios. Her love was not returned, and she pined away staring at him until she was transformed into a heliotrope flower, whose head moves to follow the sun.
KOHARU f Japanese
From Japanese 小 (ko)
meaning "small" or 心 (ko)
meaning "heart" combined with 春 (haru)
meaning "spring". The compound word 小春
means "late summer". Other combinations of kanji characters can form this name as well.
KOHINOOR f Various
, the name of a famous gemstone, meaning "mountain of light" in Persian.
KOKORO f Japanese
From Japanese 心 (kokoro)
meaning "heart, mind, soul" or other kanji and kanji combinations having the same pronunciation. It is often written using the hiragana writing system.
KOMANG m & f Indonesian, Balinese
Meaning unknown. This name is traditionally given to the third-born child in Balinese families.