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Gender: M Pronunciation: kye Meaning of Kai: "sea" Origin of Kai: Hawaiian Kai's Popularity in 2016: #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, stage name of 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 Pulitzer Prize winning author
Kai Kazmirek - German Olympic decathlon athlete
Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese military and political leader
Kai Harvey (b. 1996), son of actress Danniella Westbrook and Brian Harvey
Kai Dugan (b. 1997), son of actress Jennifer Connolly and David Dugan
Kai Bowers (b. 1997), son of singer Dane Bowers of Another Level
Kai Rochester (b. 2000), son of Australian TV personality Ajay Rochester
Kai Miles Land (b. 2001), son of actors Sharon Leal and Bev Land
Kai Harper Steines (b. 2003), son of TV personality Mark Steines and Miss America Leanza Cornett
Kai Silver (b. 2005), son of actress Kerri Kenney-Silver
Kai David Singh Stenson (b. 2009), son of actress Parminder Nagra and James Stenson
Kai Wayne Rooney (b. 2009), son of footballer Wayne Rooney
Kai Robben, son of Footballer Arjen Robben
Kai Kaplan (b. 2009), son of TV personality Derek Kaplan of "Million Dollar Listing"
Kai Rei Goldin (b. 2010), son of actor Ricky Paull Goldin
Kai Allen (b. 2012), son of basketball player Lavoy Allen
Kai Turok (b. 2012), son of ice dancer Shae-Lynn Bourne and Bohadan Turok
Kai Kompany (b. 2013), son of footballer Vincent Kompany
Kai Horowitz (b. 2014), son of actress Brittany Ishibashi and Jeff Horowitz
Kai Yunda (b. 2016), son of TV personality Melody Mitchell and Lalo Yunda of "Black Ink Crew"
Samuel Kai Schreiber (b. 2008), son of actors Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts
Kai Havertz, German footballer for Bayer Leverkusen
Kai Siegbahn, Nobel prize winning physicist
Kai Mahler, X-Games big air skier
Kai Lenny, professional surfer
Kai Otton, professional surfer
Kai Welch, American musician
Kai Herdling, professional soccer player MLS
Kai Hillebrand, actor, model, and professional skateboarder
Kai Greene, professional bodybuilder
Kai Nacua, NFL player for Cleveland Browns
Kai Jackson, Fox 45 news anchor for Baltimore
Kai Langer - regular guest on the Ellen Show
Kai Chapman - American actor known for roles in HBO's Togetherness
Kai Horstmann - professional rugby player
Kai Pflaum - German TV personality and game show host
Kai Heerings - German professional footballer
Kai Mathesdorf - German DJ and musician

Pop Culture References for the name Kai

Kai or Kay, brother of King Arthur
Kai or Kay, character in "The Snow Queen," by Hans Christian Andersen
Kai Ashe, character on TV's 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 animated series The Legend of Korra
Malachai "Kai" Parker, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
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
Kai Anderson, character on TV show Americah Horror Story
Prince Kai von Grannzreich, character in anime/manga "The Royal Tutor"
Kai, character in Aphmau's YouTube series
Kai, character in the anime "Blood+"
Kairos, from the Greek word meaning "the defining moment" or "the opportune moment"
Kai, a Basque word meaning "pier of a harbor";
Means "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
Kai, character in the video game franchise "Harvest Moon"
Kai Islands, Indonesia

Kaj, Kye

Kai's International Variations

Kája, Kájin, Kája, Kájin (Czech)