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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
Kai Lennox, American actor
Kai (born Kim Jongin), South Korean singer of group EXO
Kai Winding, American jazz musician
Kai Forbath, American football player
Kai Owen, Welsh actor
Kai Haaskivi, Finnish footballer
Kai Bird, American author
Kai Wayne Rooney, son of footballer Wayne Rooney
Kai Dugan (b. 1997), son of actress Jennifer Connolly and David Dugan
Kai Miles Land (b. 2001), son of actors Sharon Leal and Bev Land
Kai Allen (b. 2012), son of basketball player Lavoy Allen
Kai Silver (b. 2005), son of actress Kerri Kenney-Silver
Kai Bowers (b. 1997), son of singer Dane Bowers of Another Level
Kai Rei Goldin (b. 2010), son of actor Ricky Paull Goldin
Kai David Singh Stenson (b. 2009), son of actress Parminder Nagra and James Stenson
Kai Harper Steines, son of TV personality Mark Steines and Miss America Leanza Cornett
Kai Harvey (b. 1996), son of actress Danniella Westbrook and Brian Harvey
Kai Horowitz (b. 2014), son of actress Brittany Ishibashi and Jeff Horowitz
Kai Rochester, son of Australian TV personality Ajay Rochester
Samuel Kai Schreiber (b. 2008), son of actors Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts
Peanut Kai Rademacher (b. 2008), son of actor Ingo Rademacher
Caleb Kai Solomon, fourth son of octomom Nadya Suleman

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)