Kardashian (and Other K) Baby Knames

June 14, 2011 Pamela Redmond

I may be the only American never to have seen an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and I aim to keep it that way.   My fascination with the reality TV family is totally name-based: The K-named klan has made the oddly-spelled Khloe one of the fastest rising girls’ names of recent years and inspired a legion of new-fangled K names.

Now, in the latest Kardashian-related baby name news, sister Kim and her fiancé Kris say they’re “reserving” several K names in advance of their upcoming nuptials and theoretical pregnancy.  How many K names K & K get to cordon (kordon?) off is not (knot?: sorry, it’s irresistible) known, but we at Knameberry have some suggestions.

While Kate may be the name of the year, the new Duchess of Cambridge seems to be going in the opposite direction from the Kardashians and reverting to her original C name, Catherine.  Come to think of it, she may be doing this to distance herself from the Kardashians.

We have the feeling that Kate and other classic K names – Karen, Kenneth, Kevin, Kirsten – probably aren’t Kim and Kris’s thing anyway.  We see them going for one of the super popular new K names, here in order of how fast they’re rising.



Another possible direction to suit the Kardashian Style is what we might call the Klassics – K versions of established C names.  Some examples:



While K names aren’t generally our thing, we do have a few suggestions for the happy couple…or for you, if you’re looking for a K name for your own baby.  K names we love:


Kalindi – This musical Hindi name means “sun” and refers to one of the sacred rivers of India.

Keziah – The name of one of the three daughters of the biblical Job, Keziah is a lovely name.  Her sister Keturah is beautiful too.

Kelilah —  The cousin of Kayla is more distinctive and prettier.  Note that pronounciation is keh-LEE-la, NOT rhyming with Delilah.


KaneSome parents may shy away from this name because of its similarity to the biblical Cain, but it’s one of our favorite surname names with true multicultural flavor, meaning “warrior” in Celtic, “beautiful” in Welsh, “golden” in Japanese and “man of the eastern sky” in Hawaiian.

KeatsThe perfect name for the child of a poet, Keats – rhymes with sweets – is far classier than Keaton.

KeirWhile we love the Irish boys’ name Kieran, it will forever be misunderstood as Karen and so we nominate short form Keir, which means “dark” or “black” – apropos for a Kardashian.

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show of the same name.

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