Gender: Female Meaning of Kai: "sea" Origin of Kai: Hawaiian Kai's Popularity in 2018: #854

Kai Origin and Meaning

The name Kai is a girl's name of Scandinavian, Japanese, Hawaiian origin meaning "sea".

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.

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Rank in US: #854

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Dave Parker Says:


I have a friend named Kaia. She was Kai, but changed it to Kaia. I asked her why and she said people always assumed she was a boy until they met/spoke to her. She said she hated having "such a boy's name," so she changed it to Kaia and has never regretted it and wishes her parents had just given her a more feminine name.

nspitaleri Says:


My sister's name is Kailea, supposed to mean " sea of happiness" I think, but Kai is an easy shorter name she used in school.

Ejluehrs Says:


I used to love this name until I moved to New Zealand. Kai is Maori (the native language and people) for "food". Not many people speak Maori in daily language, but they will still invite you over for "Kai".

Nozomi Says:


Pretty :) Kind of simply but pretty - I also LOVE Hawaiian / Japanese names so maybe thats why I like it.

hollyannabell Says:


There is Gaelic word kye which means cow and this might not be a problem for people outside of Scotland, but my friend Kai got some grief over it.

Caroline Says:


I love it!!

Guest Says:


perfectly unisex name :) even though I'd use it for a girl