Kai (name)

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Pronunciation /ˈk/
Gender Unisex
Word/name various
Meaning various
Other names
Related names Cai, Kaj

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

  • In Zambian,Africa,particularly in the "Ngoni" tribe of south central Africa,Kai is derived from the name Kaizala.The Ngoni is a Warrior tribe that defected from Shaka Zulu,they where a fierce tribe and where believed to consume raw meat and drink cows blood.
  • 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 Chamoru, Kai is a nativized version of the Spanish name Francisca
  • In Mandarin Chinese, Kai is a common given name with one of several meanings, most often "victory" (凱), another being "open" (開). Kai can also be used to transliterate the Chinese character used in some names meaning "start" (啟) in the Cantonese pronunciation.
  • 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 Hausa Kai means "you"
  • In Hawaiian, Kai means "ocean" or "ocean water"
  • In Hmong, Kai is a male name that is sometimes spelled Kha
  • In Kono and Kissi, Kai is a male name; it is also a Paramount Chief title or prefix, that means king of kings. It can be found as a name, or part of the names of several towns and regions in the Mano River Union Countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire.
  • In Japanese, Kai has a number of meanings, including "ocean" (海), "shell" (貝), "restoration" and "recovery." [1][2] As a surname, it means "Worth" (甲斐).
  • In Malayalam, Kai means "hand" [3]
  • In Māori, Kai means "food"
  • In Navajo, Kai means "willow tree".
  • In North Germanic languages, Kai means "keeper of the keys; earth".[citation needed] In Germanic languages, Kai means "quay" or "safe harbor"
  • In Scottish, Kai means "fire"
  • In Swahilli, Kai means "loveable", and is given to a baby girl.
  • In Tamil, Kai means "hand"
  • In Thai, Kai means "chicken" and used as a nickname.
  • In Persian, Kai is short for "Kainat"="کاینات", 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 Wayuu, Kai is the name of the sun and it also means "the one who brings the light in the dawn" and/or "the one who brings knowledge"
  • In Welsh, Kai is a popular given name normally spelt Cai, from the Arthurian legend of Sir Kay
  • In Wolof (Senegalese language) kai means "come"

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.[4]

Given name[edit]

Kaj (the Germanic form of Kai)



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