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Gender: Female Meaning of Kalani: "the heavens" Origin of Kalani: Hawaiian Kalani's Popularity in 2017: #542

The name Kalani is a girl's name of Hawaiian origin meaning "the heavens". Kalani is ranked #542 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Hawaiian Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "ALPHABET Drop 2 Add 1 - Boys".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Kalani

Kalani Brooke Hilliker, dancer on "Dance Moms" and "Abby's Ultimate Dance Compition"

Pop Culture References for the name Kalani


Mhill46 Says:


I absolutely adore this name! It's definitely on my short list for future girls.

indiefendi2 Says:


I'd rather use this as a middle name than first. Something about it as a first name isn't "unique" to me, believe it or not.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Not gonna lie, been watching a lot of Dance Moms recently and Kalani has really started to grow on me!

TeenberryO13 Says:


I absolutely love this name. I was in a play with a main character named Kalani. Nicknames Kali and Lani

princessmadison Says:


This is starting to be one of my favorite girl names! It's so beautiful and I love the meaning!

kalanigirl Says:


My middle name is Kalani. My parents chose it because I was born in Hawaii, and they heard the legend of Princess Kalani, who put the stars in the sky to lead the canoe warriors home from battle (at the time my dad was a fighter pilot in the Marines stationed in Hawaii, so I was his guiding star!) I love it because it's unique and beautiful (pronounced kah-LAH-nee, not kay-LAH-nee).

Alicia1 Says:


Beautiful name, sounds Hawaiian. Lani would be a cute nn!