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Gender: Female Meaning of Kali: "black one" Origin of Kali: Sanskrit Kali's Popularity in 2017: #299

The name Kali is a girl's name of Sanskrit origin meaning "black one". Kali is ranked #299 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Goddess Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation CAF #69 (w/ occupations)".

From the experts:

Cute name but be warned: Kali is the Hindu goddess of destruction, the fierce side of the goddess Devi.

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Famous People Named Kali

Kali Hawk, American actress (pronounced like Callie)
Kali Uchis (born Karly Loaiza), Colombian-American singer

Pop Culture References for the name Kali

Kali, character on TV's "Teen Wolf"
Kali, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Madame Kali aka Evelyn Poole, character on TV's "Penny Dreadful"
Kali, the Hindu goddess who wears a necklace of skulls that can instantaneously change into blooming flowers and then back to skulls again. She is usually depicted with four hands; one of her right hands says "Don't be afraid" and the other offers you a bowl of rice. However, one of her left hands holds a sword and in the other is a human head. Kali brings love, ecstasy, and life, but she also brings darkness, terror, and death. She is the natural cycle of life and death.
Kali Belladonna, character on Rooster Teeth's "RWBY"
Kali Prasad, character on Netflix's Stranger Things

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beachbear Says:


The only Kali I've ever known pronounced it like Kay-lee.

indiefendi2 Says:


That's what I love about the name Kali, it's cute.... but not to be messed with! 😈

Starelli Says:


I picture a bleach blonde girl with long hair and a surfboard-- maybe because it's so close to Cali? I don't get this picture with Callie or Kallie.

GabsterGirlie Says:


Like Callie!

alyssum Says:


KAA-li, as far as I know.

Imnotputtingmynameonline Says:


How is this pronounced?