KHAYYAM m Arabic
Means "tent maker"
in Arabic. This was the surname of the 12th-century Persian poet Omar Khayyam.
KHNUM m Egyptian Mythology
From Egyptian ẖnmw
(reconstructed as Khenmu
), derived from ẖnm
meaning "to unite"
. This was the name of an early Egyptian god associated with fertility, water and the Nile. He was often depicted as a man with the head of a ram, sometimes with a potter's wheel.
KHODADAD m Persian
Means "God given"
from Persian خدا (khoda)
meaning "god, lord" and داد (dad)
KHUFU m Ancient Egyptian
Shortened form of the longer Egyptian name KHNUM-KHUFU
. This was the name of an Egyptian pharaoh of the 4th dynasty, the builder of the largest of the pyramids. He used both the full and shortened versions of his name in his lifetime, and is also known to history by the Greek form of his name Cheops
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.
KHWAJA m Persian
From a title meaning "master, owner"
in Persian. It is not generally used as a name itself.
KI f Sumerian Mythology
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
KICHIRŌ m Japanese
From Japanese 吉 (kichi)
meaning "good luck" and 郎 (rō)
meaning "son". Other kanji combinations are also possible.
KIKU f Japanese
From Japanese 菊 (kiku)
meaning "chrysanthemum", as well as other kanji characters that 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.
KIMMO m Finnish
Meaning unknown. It was popularized by Eino Leino's poem Kimmo's Revenge
KINCSŐ f Hungarian
Derived from Hungarian kincs
. This name was created by Hungarian author Mór Jókai in The Novel of the Next Century
KING m English
From a nickname that derives from the English word king
, ultimately from Old English cyning
KINGSLEY m English (Modern)
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "king's wood"
in Old English.
KINGSTON m English (Modern)
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "king's town"
in Old English.
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.
KIP m English
From a nickname, probably from the English word kipper
meaning "male salmon"
KIPLING m English (Rare)
From an English surname that was from a place name meaning "Cyppel's people"
. The surname was borne by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), a British novelist born in India who wrote The Jungle Book
and other works.
KIRAN f & m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Gujarati, Nepali, Urdu
Derived from Sanskrit किरण (kirana)
, which can mean "dust"
KIRBY m & f English
From an English surname that was originally from a place name meaning "church settlement"
in Old Norse. This name briefly spiked in popularity for American girls in 1982 after the character Kirby Anders Colby was introduced to the soap opera Dynasty
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-).
KIRK m English
From an English and Scottish surname meaning "church"
from Old Norse kirkja
, ultimately from Greek. A famous bearer was American actor Kirk Douglas (1916-), whose birth name was Issur Danielovitch.
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, Greek
Derived from Greek κλέος (kleos)
. 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.
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.
KLOTHO f Greek Mythology
in Greek. In Greek mythology Klotho was one of the three Fates or Μοῖραι
(Moirai). She was responsible for spinning the thread of life.
KLYTIË f Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek κλυτός (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KOLAB f Khmer
in Khmer (of Persian origin).
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.
KORALJKA f Croatian
From Croatian koralj
, ultimately from Latin corallium
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
KORE f Greek Mythology
in Greek. This was another name for the Greek goddess Persephone.
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.
KOTONE f Japanese
From Japanese 琴 (koto)
, which refers to a type of musical instrument similar to a harp, combined with 音 (ne)
meaning "sound". Other kanji combinations are also 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.
KREKA f History
Meaning unknown, possibly of Turkic or Germanic origin. This name was borne by the most powerful of Attila
KREŠIMIR m Croatian
From the Slavic elements kresu
"spark, light, rouse" and miru
"peace, world". This was the name of four kings of Croatia.