Kai is a strong, evocative, exotic multi-cultural name -- meaning "sea" in Hawaiian, "forgiveness" in Japanese, "willow tree" in Navajo, "food" in Maori, and "earth" in Scandinavian-- 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 #195 in America, and in the Top 70 in Britain, Scotland, 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.
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