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Hawaiian Names

  1. KaiHeart
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "sea"
    • Description:

      Kai is an internationally flexible name with many possible origins and meanings, growing in popularity in the US and a diverse range of European countries.
  2. KaiaHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin, Scandinavian, or Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "to rejoice or sea"
    • Description:

      The new Maia, the next Kayla, Kaia has been on the charts since the year 2000. You might see it as a female form of the also-rising Kai, which means sea in Hawaiian and is sometimes used for girls as well, or as a Kardashianization of the ancient goddess name Caia.
  3. LiliaHeart
    • Origin:

      Russian
    • Meaning:

      "lily"
    • Description:

      One of a group of pretty double L names, Lilia is more unusual and distinctive than some others. Truly cross-cultural, the lilting Lilia is heard in the Russian, Spanish, Hebrew, and Hawaiian communities and would be a good choice for a child born to parents of different ethnicities.
  4. KaneHeart
    • Origin:

      Celtic
    • Meaning:

      "warrior"
    • Description:

      A name of multiple identities: a somewhat soap-operatic single-syllable surname, a homonym for the biblical bad boy Cain, and, when found in Japan and Hawaii, it transforms into the two syllable KA-neh. Kane also has multiple meanings: in Welsh, it's "beautiful"; in Japanese, "golden"; and in Hawaiian, "man of the Eastern sky."
  5. LeilaniHeart
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "heavenly flower"
    • Description:

      Leilani is derived from the Hawaiian elements lei, meaning "flower," and lani, "heavenly." It can also be translated as "royal child," as lani is connected to high-birth and aristocracy, and leis—flower garlands worn around the neck—are associated with children. "Sweet Leilani" is an Academy Award-winning song by Bing Crosby.
  6. KeanuHeart
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "the coolness, or the cool breeze"
    • Description:

      An evocative name brought from Hawaii to the mainland by Keanu Reeves, who was born in Beirut to a part-Hawaiian, part-Chinese father. It moved into the Top 1000 for the first time in over a decade in 2016. Keanu ranks among
  7. NaiaHeart
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian, Greek, Basque
    • Meaning:

      "dolphin; to flow; wave, sea foam"
    • Description:

      Multicultural option, equally intriguing as, but more unusual than, Maia.
  8. KaiHeart
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "sea"
    • Description:

      This appealing multi-cultural name, pronounced KYE, is beginning to be used for girls as well as boys. Among its many derivations and meanings: "sea" in Hawaiian, "forgiveness" in Japanese, "willow tree" in Navajo, "food" in Maori, and "earth" in Scandinavian. For girls, it debuted on the US Top 1000 in 2010.
  9. KalinaHeart
    • Origin:

      Polish
    • Meaning:

      "viburnum"
    • Description:

      Kalina, known as a girls' name throughout Eastern Europe, translates literally to viburnum in Polish, making it a botanical name. Viburnum is a flowering shrub. Some sources translate this name as simply "flower." Variations may include Kaline, Kalena, and Kalene.
  10. KailaniHeart
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "sea and sky"
    • Description:

      This name's similarity to Kalani and pretty Hawaiian origin helped catapult it into the Top 1000 for the first time in 2013.
  11. MaliaHeart
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian variation of Mary
    • Meaning:

      "bitter"
    • Description:

      Malia was made famous by the older daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama, given a Hawaiian name as a nod to President Obama's childhood home state.
  12. LioHeart
    • Origin:

      Variation of Leo, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "lion"
    • Description:

      This alternative spelling of Leo is popular with German-speaking parents. It's rare in English-speaking areas, which could be a burden, but the advantage is that it could be short for (or honor) a name such as Julio or Lionel.
  13. KaleHeart
    • Origin:

      Modern invented name
    • Description:

      Whether you think of it as Cale with a K, or a pet form of Kalen or Kaleb, this is just the kind of short, synthetic name finding a lot of favor now, but remember -- it's also the name of a vegetable.
  14. KaleaHeart
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "joy, happiness"
    • Description:

      Kalea is a Top 100 name for girls in Hawaii. Sources differ on the meaning of the name, but the most authoritative land on joy or happiness...though kalea is also the Hawaiian word for orgasm.
  15. NoelaniHeart
  16. AlaniHeart
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "orange tree"
    • Description:

      One of those names you may not even be aware of if you haven't been paying attention to recent naming trends, Alani was given to more than 700 baby girls in the US in one recent year, to be the second most popular feminization of Alan after Alana. It's certainly the most modern-sounding female version of Alan.
  17. KalaHeart
    • Origin:

      Tamil; Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "Virtue; princess"
  18. NalaniHeart
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "calm skies"
    • Description:

      Evocative of tranquil island escapes. One of several Hawaiian (and pseudo-Hawaiian) names ending in "-ani" that's soaring in popularity, Nalani made its debut on the US Top 1000 in 2016.
  19. HokuHeart
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "night of the full moon"
    • Description:

      Like a large proportion of traditional Hawaiian names, Hoku can be used for both girls and boys.
  20. KalaniHeart
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "the heavens"
    • Description:

      Kalani is a rhythmic name that can be used for either gender though feels more feminine in the contemporary culture. It only just entered the US Top 1000 for the first time in 2015.