KLEITOS m Ancient Greek
Means "splendid, famous"
in Greek. This was the name of one of the generals of Alexander the Great. He was killed by Alexander in a dispute.
KLEMENS m German, Polish
German 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 that was derived from Old English cnocc "round hill"
KNUT m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
Derived from Old Norse knútr
. 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 (1978-2020) chose this name after seeing Kobe beef (which is from the Japanese city) on a menu.
KOIOS m Greek Mythology
Possibly derived from Greek κοῖος (koios)
, also spelled ποῖος (poios)
, a questioning word meaning approximately "of what kind?"
. This was the name of a Titan god of intelligence in Greek mythology.
KŌJI m Japanese
From Japanese 浩 (kō)
meaning "prosperous", 幸 (kō)
meaning "happiness, good luck" or 康 (kō)
meaning "peace" combined with 司 (ji)
meaning "officer, boss", 二 (ji)
meaning "two" or 次 (ji)
meaning "next". This name can also be formed from many other combinations of kanji characters.
KOJI m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 浩司
KŌKI m Japanese
From Japanese 光 (kō)
meaning "light" or 幸 (kō)
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.
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 Balinese
Meaning unknown. This name is traditionally given to the third-born child in Balinese families.
KORALO m Esperanto
in Esperanto, ultimately from Latin corallium
KORBINIAN m German
Derived from Latin corvus
. 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
KŌSUKE m Japanese
From Japanese 康 (kō)
meaning "peace", 孝 (kō)
meaning "filial piety, obedience" or 浩 (kō)
meaning "prosperous" combined with 介 (suke)
meaning "forerunner, herald". This name can also be formed from other combinations of kanji characters.
KŌTA m Japanese
From Japanese 康 (kō)
meaning "peace" and 太 (ta)
meaning "thick, big". Other kanji combinations are possible.
KOUJI m Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 浩司
KRATOS m Greek Mythology
Means "power, strength"
in Greek. In Greek mythology this is the name of one of the children of Styx and Pallas.
KREIOS m Greek Mythology
Possibly derived from either Greek κρείων (kreion)
meaning "lord, master"
or κριός (krios)
meaning "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.
KUBLAI m History
From the Mongolian name Khubilai
, of unknown meaning. This was the name of a 13th-century grandson of Genghis
Khan (being the son of his son Tolui), and the fifth ruler of the Mongol Empire. He is also considered the first ruler of the Chinese Yuan dynasty.
KUDRET m Turkish
Means "power, might"
in Turkish, ultimately from Persian.
KULAP f & m Thai
in Thai (of Persian origin).
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
in Sanskrit. This was the name of a son of the 3rd-century BC Indian emperor Ashoka.
KURŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 九 (ku)
meaning "nine" and 郎 (rō)
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 that 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.
KYO m & f Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 協
KYŌ m & f Japanese
From Japanese 協 (kyō)
meaning "unite, cooperate", 京 (kyō)
meaning "capital city", 郷 (kyō)
meaning "village", 杏 (kyō)
meaning "apricot", or other kanji with the same pronunciation.
KYOU m & f Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 協
KYRIE m & f English (Modern)
From the name of a Christian prayer, also called the Kyrie eleison
meaning "Lord, have mercy". It is ultimately from Greek κύριος (kyrios)
. In America it was popularized as a masculine name by basketball player Kyrie Irving (1992-), whose name is pronounced differently than the prayer.
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
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 that 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 that was Latinized as Lascius
LAIUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Λάϊος (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, Odia
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
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, the first being a descendant of Cain
, and the second being a descendant of Seth
and the father of Noah
LAMONT m English
From a Scottish surname that was derived from the Old Norse given name Logmaðr
meaning "law man"
LAN (1) 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 landa
. 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
, ultimately causing the destruction of Arthur's kingdom. His earliest appearance is in the works of the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes.
LANDON m English
From a surname that was derived from an Old English place name meaning "long hill"
(effectively meaning "ridge"
). Use of the name may have been inspired in part by the actor Michael Landon (1936-1991).
LANE m English
From a surname meaning "lane, path"
, which originally belonged to a person who lived near a lane.
LANFORD m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "long ford"
in Old English.
LAOCOÖN m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Λαοκόων (Laokoon)
, of unknown meaning. In Greek mythology this was the name of a Trojan priest who warned against accepting the wooden horse left by the Greeks. He and his sons were strangled by sea serpents sent by the gods.
LASHA m Georgian
Possibly from a Northwest Caucasian word meaning "light"
. This was a name of Giorgi IV, a 13th-century king of Georgia.
LÁSZLÓ m Hungarian
Hungarian form of VLADISLAV
. Saint László was an 11th-century king of Hungary, looked upon as the embodiment of Christian virtue and bravery.
LATIF m Arabic, Urdu
Means "gentle, kind"
in Arabic. In Islamic tradition اللطيف (al-Latif)
is one of the 99 names of Allah.
LAUNCE m Literature
Short form of Launcelot
, a variant of LANCELOT
. This was the name of a clownish character in Shakespeare's play The Two Gentlemen of Verona
LAUREN f & m English
Variant or feminine form of LAURENCE (1)
. Originally a masculine name, it was first popularized as a feminine name by actress Betty Jean Perske (1924-), who used Lauren Bacall as her stage name.
LAURENCE (1) m English
From the Roman cognomen Laurentius
, which meant "from Laurentum"
. Laurentum was a city in ancient Italy, its name probably deriving from Latin laurus
"laurel". Saint Laurence was a 3rd-century deacon and martyr from Rome. According to tradition he was roasted alive on a gridiron because, when ordered to hand over the church's treasures, he presented the sick and poor. Due to the saint's popularity, the name came into general use in the Christian world (in various spellings).... [more]