Kai (name)

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Kai
Pronunciation Ky
Gender Unisex
Origin
Word/Name various
Meaning various
Other names
Related names Cai, Kaj

The name Kai /ˈk/ has various origins and meanings in different cultures:

  • In Ancient Greek, Kai (και) is a conjunction meaning "and"
  • In Basque, Kai is a common word meaning "pier of a harbour" and a variant of the first name Kaio (from the old Latin name Caius)
  • In Burmese, Kai means "strong" or "unbreakable"
  • In Chinese, Kai is a common name that can have one of several meanings, including "triumphant" (凱)
  • In Cornish, Kai means "dog", and is often used as a dog name
  • In Estonian, Kai is a female name meaning "pier"
  • In Finnish, Kai is a common male name, Finnish form of Kaj. The term "kai" also means "probably" in Finnish
  • In Hawaiian, Kai means "ocean" or "ocean water"
  • In Hmong, Kai is a male name that is sometimes spelled Kha
  • In Japanese, Kai has a number of meanings, including "ocean" (海), "shell" (貝), "restoration" and "recovery." [1][2]
  • In Māori, Kai means "food"
  • In North Germanic languages, Kai means "keeper of the keys; earth". In Germanic languages, Kai means "quay" or "safe harbor"
  • In Swahilli, Kai means "loveable", and is given to a baby of female gender
  • In Urdu, Kai is short for "Kainat", meaning "universe". It is usually a nickname, though it can be a real name too. Other nicknames for the same name may include Kaiskii, Kaina and Kaiya
  • In Welsh, Kai is a popular given name normally spelt Cai, from the Arthurian legend of Sir Kay

In Northern Ireland, data indicated that "Kai" experienced a significant rise in popularity as a male given name from 2002 to 2003. It has become popular in the UK, with many children born in the mid to late 1990s given the name. While it is typically a male given name, in recent years it has become popular among females as well.[3]

Given name[edit]

Kaj (the Germanic form of Kai)

Surname[edit]

Characters[edit]

  • Bajoran Kai, fictional supreme religious figure of Bajor in Star Trek
  • Kai, fictional character in The Snow Queen, a tale by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Kai (Akira), a character in the manga and 1988 anime film Akira
  • Kai, fictional character in the video games Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town and Harvest Moon 64
  • Kai, fictional character in the video game Heavenly Sword
  • Kai (LEXX), fictional character in the television series Lexx
  • Kai, fictional god in the Lone Wolf (gamebooks) series, and hence name of the order of warrior-monks known as the Kai Lords
  • Kai (Mortal Kombat), fictional character in the Mortal Kombat games
  • Kai Booker, fictional character from the television series Being Erica
  • Kai Chen, fictional character in the television series Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy
  • Kai Hiwatari, fictional character in the anime and manga series Beyblade
  • Kai the Horseclaw, fictional bird in the manga Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Kai Kogashiwa, fictional character in the anime and manga series Initial D
  • Kai Lung, fictional character in a series of novels by Ernest Bramah
  • Toshiki Kai, fictional character in the anime and manga series Cardfight!! Vanguard
  • Kai Sagano, fictional character in the anime and manga series Kizuna: Bonds of Love
  • Kai, fictional character in the TV show Lego Ninjago: The Series
  • Kai, fictional character in the video game Ōkami
  • Kai Leng, fictional character in the video game series Mass Effect
  • Kai Ichinose, fictional character in the anime film and manga series Piano no Mori
  • Kai Miyagusuku, fictional character in the anime Blood+ (List of Blood+ characters* * Kai Ozu, fictional character of the Ozu Family in the television series Mahou Sentai Magiranger
  • Kai Shiden, fictional character in the anime television series Mobile Suit Gundam
  • King Kai, gods in the manga and anime Dragon Ball Z
  • Lee Wan Kai, fictional villain in two cross over episodes of American television series'

NCIS: Los Angeles (season 1) and NCIS season 7.

  • Ukiko Kai, fictional character in the comic book series Kabuki

References[edit]

  1. ^ "English<>Japanese". Dictionary. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  2. ^ "Official list of Kanji permissible for name use". 
  3. ^ "Jack and Emma were the most popular first names in Northern Ireland in 2003" (PDF) (Press release). Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. 2004-01-02. Retrieved 2008-02-14. "Kai has risen from rank 156 in 2002 to rank 94 in 2003...." 

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