Kai (name)

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Kai
Pronunciation /ˈk/
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 (καί) 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, kaimeans "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 Laotian, kai has numerous meanings, including "chicken", "to open" , "sick" , "egg" , or "to sell".
  • 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 Swahili, Kai is a female name meaning "lovable".
  • 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 means "sun". 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, kai means "come".
  • In Zambia, particularly in the Ngoni tribe of south central Africa, Kai is derived from the name Kaizala.

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)

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, fictional character in the animated series The Legend of Korra
  • 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
  • Kai Toshiki, 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 Smith, fictional character in the TV show Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
  • 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+
  • 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
  • Kai Allad-Liao, fictional character in the Battletech universe
  • Kai Proctor, fictional character in the television series Banshee
  • Kai Parker, fictional character in the television series The Vampire Diaries
  • Kai, fictional character in the 2013 film 47 Ronin

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References[edit]

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