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Gender: M Pronunciation: kye Meaning of Kai: "sea" Origin of Kai: Hawaiian Kai's Popularity in 2015: #145

Kai is a strong, evocative, exotic multi-cultural name -- meaning "sea" in Hawaiian, "forgiveness" in Japanese, "willow tree" in Navajo, and "food" in Maori-- that packs a lot of power in its single syllable.

Famous as the boy enchanted by the fairy-tale Snow Queen, Kai was chosen for her son by actress Jennifer Connelly and as a middle name for son Samuel by Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber. Kai is popular with nameberries as both a first and middle name choice. Its most prominent namesake is Danish-born jazz trombonist Kai Winding, and it is popular in computer games.

Kai is currently Number 145 in America, and in the Top 75 in Britain, Canada and Australia--and as high as Number 5 on the island of Malta.

Kai is occasionally given to girls; Donald Trump, Jr. has a daughter named Kai Madison.

Famous People Named Kai

Kai Ryssdal - American radio journalist and the host of Marketplace, a business program that airs weekdays on U.S. public radio stations.
Kai, (birth name Kim Jongin) a member of K-Pop boy group "EXO"
Kai Winding - American jazz musician
Kai Forbath - American football player
Kai Owen - Welsh actor
Kai T. Erikson - American sociologist
Kai Buddhe - professional Magic: The Gathering player
Kai Haaskivi - Finnish soccer player
Kai Bird - American Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Kai Schreiber - son of Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts
Kai Wayne Rooney - son of Wayne Rooney and Coleen Rooney
Caleb Kai Solomon, fourth son of octomom Nadya Suleman
Kai Dugan- Son of Jennifer Connolly

Pop Culture References for the name Kai

King Arthur's brother
Kai, character in the fairy tale "The Snow Queen," by Hans Christian Andersen (sometimes seen as Kay)
Kai Ashe, Tech Assistant on new show NCIS: Red.
Kai, Red Ninja from "Ninjago"
Kai Fisher (Kairan), Chronicles of Syntax
Kai, character in the video game Ape Escape 3
Prince Kai (Kaito), character in the Lunar Chronicles book series
Kai, character in Legend of Korra series.
Malachai "Kai" Parker, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Kairos, from the Greek word meaning "the defining moment" or "the opportune moment"
Kai, a Basque word meaning "pier of a harbor"; a Cornish word meaning "dog" and often used as a dog name
Kai, a name meaning ... "strong" in Burmese; "triumph" in Chinese; "pier" in Estonian; "probably" in Finnish; "ocean" or "ocean water" in Hawaiian; "ocean" or "shell" or "recovery" or "restoration" in Japanese; "food" in Maori; willow tree in Navajo; "keeper of the keys" in Nordic languages; "loveable" in Swahili; "universe" in Urdu, short for Kainat
King Kai, character in Dragon Ball Z
Kai, a character in the manga 'Afterschool Charisma'
Kai, captain of the Bladebreakers in the Japanese manga, "Beyblade"
Kai Proctor, character on TV show Banshee

Kaj, Kye

Kai's International Variations

Kája, Kájin, Kája, Kájin (Czech)