Gender: Female Meaning of Kiri: "tree bark" Origin of Kiri: Maori

Kiri Origin and Meaning

The name Kiri is a girl's name of Maori origin meaning "tree bark".

The name Kiri was made famous by New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, whose original name was Claire. Cute but slight, Kiri is close to several other names from Kiriah to Keira to Kyra and its diminutive Kyrie.

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bejer Says:


We named our daughter Kirigan, and call her Kiri for short. I've loved this name for over ten years now

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krisscouture Says:


Kiri means fog in Japanese (霧- this is the Kanji for it), which I love

Tay2thestars Says:


I think Kiri is adorable, but I wonder if it's too nicknamey as a first name. The idea of Kira with the nickname Kiri is cute too.