Names Starting with K

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KAAN m Turkish
Variant of KAĞAN.
KAAPO m Finnish
Finnish form of GABRIEL.
KAAPRO m Finnish
Finnish form of GABRIEL.
KAARINA f Finnish
Finnish form of KATHERINE.
KAARLE m Finnish
Finnish form of CHARLES.
KAARLO m Finnish
Finnish form of CHARLES.
KABELO m Southern African, Sotho
Means "given" in Sotho.
KACPER m Polish
Polish form of JASPER.
KADEK m & f Indonesian, Balinese
Possibly from Balinese adik meaning "younger sibling". This name is traditionally given to the second-born child.
KADER (1) m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic قادر or قدير (see QADIR).
KADER (2) f Turkish
Means "fate, destiny" in Turkish.
KADİR m Turkish
Turkish form of QADIR.
KADMOS m Greek Mythology
Greek form of CADMUS.
KADRI f Estonian
Estonian form of KATHERINE.
KADRİ m Turkish
Means "value" in Turkish.
KADRİYE f Turkish
Feminine form of KADRİ.
KAEDE f & m Japanese
From Japanese (kaede) meaning "maple" or other kanji that are pronounced the same way.
KAETY f English (Rare)
Diminutive of KATE.
KAĞAN m Turkish
From a Turkish title meaning "king, ruler", ultimately of Mongolian origin. The title is usually translated into English as Khan.
KAGISO m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "peace" in Tswana.
KAHINA f Northern 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.
KAHURANGI f & m Maori
From the name of a type of green gemstone found in New Zealand, meaning "sky blue" in Maori.
KAI (1) m Frisian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch
Meaning uncertain, possibly a Frisian diminutive of GERHARD, NICOLAAS, CORNELIS or GAIUS.
KAI (2) f Swedish (Rare)
Variant of KAJA (1). Note, this is primarily a masculine name in Sweden (see KAI (1)).
KAI (3) m & f Hawaiian
Means "sea" in Hawaiian.
KAI (4) m Chinese
From Chinese (kǎi) meaning "triumph, victory, music of triumph", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
KAIJA f Finnish
Diminutive of KATARIINA.
KAILASH m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
From the name of a mountain in the Himalayas that is believed to be the paradise of the Hindu god Shiva. It possibly means "crystal" in Sanskrit.
KAIMANA m & f Hawaiian
From Hawaiian kai "ocean, sea" and mana "power". It is also Hawaiian meaning "diamond", derived from the English word diamond.
KAIN m Biblical Greek
Form of CAIN used in the Greek Old Testament.
KAINAN m Biblical Greek
Form of CAINAN used in the Greek Old Testament.
KAIPO m & f Hawaiian
Means "the sweetheart" from Hawaiian ka, a definite article, and ipo "sweetheart".
KAISA f Finnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian diminutive of KATHERINE.
KAISER m Various
German form of the Roman title Caesar (see CAESAR). It is not used as a given name in Germany itself.
KAITI f Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Καιτη (see KETI (2)).
KAITO m Japanese
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) f Swedish (Rare)
Variant of KAJA (1). Note, this is primarily a masculine name in Sweden (see KAJ (1)).
KÁJA f Czech
Diminutive of KAROLÍNA.
KAJA (1) f Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Estonian, Slovene
Scandinavian diminutive of KATARINA.
KAJA (3) f Estonian
Means "echo" in Estonian.
KAJAL f Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "kohl, collyrium, lotion for the eyes" in Sanskrit.
KAJETÁN m Czech (Rare), Slovak (Rare), Hungarian (Rare)
Czech, Slovak and Hungarian form of Caietanus (see GAETANO).
KAJETAN m Polish
Polish form of Caietanus (see GAETANO).
KAJSA f Swedish
Swedish diminutive of KATARINA.
KAJUS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of GAIUS.
KAKALINA f Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of KATHERINE.
KALA (1) f Tamil
Means "art form, virtue" in Sanskrit.
KALA (2) f Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of SARAH.
KALANI m & f Hawaiian
Means "the heavens" from Hawaiian ka "the" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
KALE m Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of CHARLES.
KALEA f Hawaiian
Means "joy, happiness" in Hawaiian.
KALEB m English (Modern)
English variant of CALEB.
KALENA f Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of KAREN (1).
KALEO m Hawaiian
Means "sound, voice" from Hawaiian ka "the" and leo "sound, voice".
KALEV (1) m Estonian
Estonian form of KALEVA. This was the name of a hero in Estonian mythology.
KALEVA m Finnish
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".
KALEVI m Finnish
Variant of KALEVA.
KÁLFR m Ancient Scandinavian
Means "calf" in Old Norse.
KALI f & m Hinduism, 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.
KALIDAS m Indian, Hindi
Modern form of KALIDASA.
KALIDASA m Sanskrit
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'.
KALIN m Bulgarian
Masculine form of KALINA.
KALINA f Bulgarian, Macedonian, Polish
Means "viburnum tree" in Bulgarian, Macedonian and Polish.
KALISHA f African American (Rare)
Combination of the popular name prefix Ka and LISHA.
KALJU m Estonian
Means "rock, boulder" in Estonian.
KALLE m Swedish, Finnish
Swedish and Finnish diminutive of KARL.
KALLIAS m Ancient 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.
KALLIKRATES m Ancient Greek
Means "beautiful power", derived from the Greek elements καλλος (kallos) meaning "beauty" and κρατος (kratos) meaning "power".
KALLIOPE f Greek 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.
KALLISTO f Greek 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.
KALLISTRATE f Ancient Greek
Means "beautiful army" from the Greek elements καλλος (kallos) meaning "beauty" and στρατος (stratos) meaning "army".
KÁLMÁN m Hungarian
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.
KALOYAN m Bulgarian
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.
KALPANA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Nepali
Means "imagining, fantasy" in Sanskrit.
KALTRINA f Albanian
Possibly from Albanian kaltër meaning "blue".
KALYAN m Indian, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu
Means "beautiful, lovely, auspicious" in Sanskrit.
KALYANA m Indian, Telugu
Variant of KALYAN.
KALYANI f Hinduism, 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.
KALYNA f Ukrainian (Rare)
From the Ukrainian word for a type of shrub, also called the guelder rose (species Viburnum opulus).
KAM m English (Modern)
Short form of KAMERON.
KAMA m Hinduism
Means "love, desire" in Sanskrit. Kama is the winged Hindu god of love, the son of Lakshmi.
KAMAKSHI f Hinduism, 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) m Arabic
Means "perfection" in Arabic.
KAMALA f & m Hinduism, 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.
KAMALANI f & m Hawaiian
Means "heavenly child" or "royal child" from Hawaiian kama "child" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
KAMARIA f Eastern African, Swahili
Swahili name, likely related to QAMAR.
KAMATCHI f Tamil
Tamil form of KAMAKSHI.
KAMAU m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Possibly means "quiet warrior" in Kikuyu.
KAMBIZ m Persian
Modern Persian form of CAMBYSES.
KAMBUJIYA m Ancient Persian
Old Persian form of CAMBYSES.
KAMEN m Bulgarian
Means "stone" in Bulgarian. This is a translation of the Greek name Πετρος (Petros).
KAMIL (1) m Arabic
Means "perfect" in Arabic.
KAMIL (2) m Czech, Slovak, Polish
Czech, Slovak and Polish form of CAMILLUS.
KAMILA f Czech, Slovak, Polish
Czech, Slovak and Polish form of CAMILLA.
KAMILĖ f Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of CAMILLA.
KAMILLA f Hungarian, 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).
KAMINI f Indian, Hindi
Means "desirable" in Sanskrit.
KAMON m & f Thai
Means "heart, mind" in Thai.
KAMRYN f English (Modern)
Feminine variant of CAMERON.
KANANI f Hawaiian
Means "the beauty" in Hawaiian.
KANCHANA f Tamil
Means "golden" in Sanskrit.
KANDA f Thai
Means "beloved" in Thai.
KANDAĴA f Esperanto
Means "made of candy" in Esperanto.
KANDAKE f Biblical, Biblical Greek
Biblical Greek form of CANDACE.
KANDI f English
Variant of CANDY.
KANE m Irish
Anglicized form of CATHÁN.
KANEONUSKATEW m Native American, Cree
Means "one that walks on four claws" in Cree. This was the name of a 19th-century Cree chief.
KANIEHTIIO f Native American, Mohawk
Means "beautiful snow" in Mohawk.
KANNAN m Tamil
Tamil form of KRISHNA.
KANON f Japanese
From Japanese (ka) meaning "flower, blossom" and (non) meaning "sound". Other kanji combinations are possible as well.
KANTA f & m Indian, Hindi, Bengali
Means "desired, beautiful" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the feminine form कान्ता and the masculine form कान्त.
KANTI f & m Hinduism, 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.
KANTUTA f Native American, Aymara
Means "cantua flower" in Aymara (species Cantua buxifolia).
KANYA f Thai
Means "young woman" in Thai.
KAOLIN m English (Rare)
Anglicized form of CAOLÁN. This is also the name of a type of clay.
KAORI f Japanese
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.
KAORU f & m Japanese
From Japanese (kaoru), (kaoru), (kaoru) all meaning "fragrance, fragrant", as well as other kanji having the same reading.
KAPEL m Yiddish (Rare)
Yiddish diminutive of JACOB.
KAPENA m Hawaiian
Means "captain" in Hawaiian.
KAPIL m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Modern form of KAPILA.
KAPILA m Hinduism
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.
KAPONO m Hawaiian
Means "the good one" from Hawaiian ka, a definite article, and pono "good, moral".
KAPUA f & m Hawaiian
Means "the flower" or "the child" from Hawaiian ka, a definite article, and pua "flower, offspring".
KÁRA f Norse Mythology
Probably from Old Norse kárr meaning "curly, curved". In Norse legend this is the name of a valkyrie.
KARA (1) f English
Variant of CARA.
KARA (2) m Ottoman Turkish
Means "black, dark" in Turkish. This was sometimes used as a byname by Ottoman officials, figuratively meaning "courageous".
KARAM m & f Arabic
Means "generosity, nobleness" in Arabic.
KARAN m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi
Means "clever, skillful" in Sanskrit.
KARCSI m Hungarian
Diminutive of KÁROLY.
KÅRE m Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
From the Old Norse name Kári meaning "curly, curved".
KAREEM m Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic كريم (see KARIM). A famous bearer of this name is basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947-).
KAREKIN m Armenian
Western Armenian transcription of GAREGIN.
KAREL m Dutch, Czech, Slovene
Dutch, Czech and Slovene form of CHARLES.
KAREN (1) f Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, German, English
Danish short form of KATHERINE. It became common in the English-speaking world after the 1930s.
KAREN (2) m Armenian
Western Armenian transcription of GAREN.
KAREN (3) f Japanese
From Japanese (ka) meaning "flower" and (ren) meaning "lotus, water lily". Other combinations of kanji can also form this name.
KARENA f English (Rare)
Elaboration of KAREN (1), possibly influenced by CARINA (1).
KARESINDA f Esperanto
Means "worthy of a caress" in Esperanto.
KÁRI m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of KÅRE.
KARI (1) f Norwegian
Norwegian short form of KATARINA.
KARI (2) m Finnish
Finnish form of Macarius (see MACARIO).
KARIM m Arabic, Persian
Means "generous, noble" in Arabic, from the root كَرُمَ (karuma) meaning "to be generous". In Islamic tradition الكريم (al-Karim) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
KARIMA f Arabic
Feminine form of KARIM.
KARĪNA f Latvian
Latvian variant of KARINA.
KARINE (1) f French
French form of CARINA (1). It can also function as a short form of CATHERINE, via Swedish Karin.
KARINE (2) f Norwegian
Elaborated form of KARIN.
KARISHMA f Indian, Hindi
Means "miracle" in Hindi.
KARISSA f English
Variant of CHARISSA.
KARITA f Swedish
Variant of CARITA.
KARIUKI m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "reincarnated one" in Kikuyu.
KARL m German, 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.
KARLA f German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Croatian
German, Scandinavian, Czech and Croatian feminine form of CHARLES.
KARLENE f English
Variant of CARLENE.
KARL-HEINZ m German
Combination of KARL and HEINZ.
KARLHEINZ m German
Combination of KARL and HEINZ.
KARLIJN f Dutch
Dutch feminine form of KAREL.
KĀRLIS m Latvian
Latvian form of CHARLES.
KARLO m Croatian
Croatian form of CHARLES.
KARMA m & f Bhutanese
From the Sanskrit word कर्म (karma) meaning "action, deed, fate".
KARMELA f Croatian
Croatian form of CARMELA.
KARMEN f Slovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of CARMEN.
KARNA m Hinduism
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.
KAROL m Polish, Slovak, Slovene
Polish, Slovak and Slovene form of KARL.
KAROLA f Hungarian, German
Hungarian and German feminine form of CAROLUS.
KAROLIINA f Finnish
Finnish feminine form of CAROLUS.
KAROLÍNA f Czech
Czech feminine form of CAROLUS.
KAROLINE f German, Danish, Norwegian
Feminine form of CAROLUS.
KAROLIS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of CAROLUS.
KAROLOS m Greek
Greek form of CAROLUS.
KÁROLY m Hungarian
Hungarian form of KARL.
KAROLYN f English
Variant of CAROLINE.
KARP m Russian
Russian form of Karpos (see CARPUS).
KARRIE f English
Variant of CARRIE.
KARTHIK m Tamil, Indian, Telugu, Malayalam
Southern Indian form of KARTIK.
KARTHIKA f Tamil, Indian, Malayalam
Southern Indian feminine form of KARTIK.
KARTIK m Indian, Hindi, Marathi
From Sanskrit कृत्तिका (krittika), the name for the constellation of the Pleiades.
KARTIKEYA m Hinduism
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.
KARYN f English
Variant of KAREN (1).
KASANDRA f English (Modern), Polish
English variant and Polish form of CASSANDRA.
KASEY m & f English
Variant of CASEY.
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) meaning "shining".
KASI f Indian, Telugu, Tamil
Southern Indian form of KASHI.
KASIA f Polish
Diminutive of KATARZYNA.
KASIH f Indonesian, Malay
Means "love" in Malay and Indonesian.
KASIM m Turkish
Turkish form of QASIM.
KASIMIR m German (Rare)
German form of CASIMIR.
KASIMIRA f German (Archaic)
Feminine form of KASIMIR.
KAŠPAR m Czech
Czech form of JASPER.
KASPAR m German
German form of JASPER.
KASPARAS m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of JASPER.
KASPARS m Latvian
Latvian form of JASPER.
KASPER m Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Dutch and Scandinavian form of JASPER.
KASSANDRA f Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek, English (Modern)
Greek form of CASSANDRA, as well as a modern English variant.
KASTOR m Greek Mythology
Greek form of CASTOR.
KASUMI f Japanese
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.
KAT f English
Diminutive of KATHERINE.
KATA f Hungarian, Finnish, Croatian
Hungarian short form of KATALIN, Finnish short form of KATARIINA and Croatian short form of KATARINA.
KATALIN f Hungarian, Basque
Hungarian and Basque form of KATHERINE.
KATALINKA f Hungarian
Hungarian diminutive of KATALIN.
KATAR f Armenian
Means "summit, crest" in Armenian.
KATARIINA f Finnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of KATHERINE.
KATARIN f Breton
Breton form of KATHERINE.
KATARÍNA f Slovak
Slovak form of KATHERINE.
KATARINE f German (Rare)
German variant form of KATHERINE.
KATARZYNA f Polish
Polish form of KATHERINE.
KATASHI m Japanese
From Japanese (katashi) meaning "hard, firm" or other kanji and kanji combinations that are pronounced the same way.
KATAYUN f Persian
Possibly from the Persian elements kata "house, city" (but also "king, lord") and bânu "wife".
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-).
KATEE f English (Rare)
Diminutive of KATE.
KATELIJN f Dutch
Dutch form of KATHERINE, used especially in Flanders.
KATELIJNE f Dutch
Dutch form of KATHERINE, used especially in Flanders.
KATELL f Breton
Breton form of KATHERINE.
KATENKA f Russian
Diminutive of YEKATERINA.
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.
KATEŘINA f Czech
Czech form of KATHERINE.
KATERINA f Macedonian, 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.
KATERYNA f Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of KATHERINE.
KATEY f English
Diminutive of KATE.
KATHARINE f English, German
English variant of KATHERINE and German variant of KATHARINA. A famous bearer was American actress Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003).
KÄTHE f German
German diminutive of KATHERINE.
KATHERINA f English (Rare), German
Latinate form of KATHERINE. Shakespeare used this name in his play 'Taming of the Shrew' (1593).
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 to Katharina to reflect this.... [more]
KATHI f English
Diminutive of KATHERINE.
KATHIE f English
Diminutive of KATHERINE.
KATHLEEN f Irish, English
Anglicized form of CAITLÍN.
KATHLYN f English
Anglicized form of CAITLÍN.
KATHRIN f German
German short form of KATHARINA.
KATHRINE f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of KATHERINE.
KATHRYN f English
Contracted form of KATHERINE.
KATHY f English
Diminutive of KATHERINE.
KATI f Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian
Finnish and Estonian diminutive of KATARIINA and a Hungarian diminutive of KATALIN.
KATIA f Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Italian diminutive of CATERINA, as well as an alternate transcription of Cyrillic Катя (see KATYA).
KATICA f Croatian, Slovene, Hungarian
Croatian, Slovene and Hungarian diminutive of KATHERINE.
KATIDA f Esperanto
From Esperanto katido meaning "kitten".
KATIE f English
Diminutive of KATE.
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'.