Kardashian (and Other K) Baby Knames

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.

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Elizabeth Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 1:50 am

I never even heard of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

BasicSand Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 3:58 am

Kim Kardashian has a half sister named Kendall Jenner I believe.

TammyLou Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 5:44 am

I have seen Casey spelt Kcasey.

Roseate Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 6:48 am

Stop it. I am cracking up at “Knameberry”!!!

Fawn Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 6:54 am

Konnor makes me want to puke! Keturah has always been a favorite of mine, but I can’t decide if it’s too out dated.

Alyssa Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 8:32 am

Pretty sure she also has a sister named kylie. Or something.

Chelsea Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 8:49 am

Basicsand is right… they have two half sisters named Kylie and Kendall

Ashley Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 9:18 am

Aside from the Klassics, the rest of the lists were pretty good for people looking for K names. I’m not a huge fan of K names, but I do like some of them on here, like Knox and Keturah. Wouldn’t go so far as Karoline or Khristian (or Khloe or Kortney), though. That’s just way too klassy for me. lol.

Lola Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 9:34 am

I’ve never seen the show either. I probably never will, either. I can’t make myself watch regular tv anymore. Blergh!

I’m not a huge fan of ‘K’ names, only Katherine/Katharine/Katerina/Katrina, Kalliope, Keziah, Kiril, & Keir have places on my favorites lists. And of course, Kenneth is my love.

It would be really awesome if they bucked the family trend and used a C name with a K sound. That would be awesome to see!

phoebesmom Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I had thought of Klementine, mostly with the horror that I would have to definitively put away one of my fave names if Kim bastardized it like that and no doubt led to a Khloe-type epidemic. But I’m not sure that is really her style. I think you are right on with Kamila, though. Something exotic and sexy and *look st me.*

pdxlibrarian Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Just discovered Kristof the other day and loved it. I was thinking it would be a great middle name way to honor my sister, whose name is Kristy. I hope the Kardashians stay away from it!

Allison Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Yeah, they have Kylie and Kendall, their 2 half sisters. And anyone who hasn’t watched is missing out on a very very very very very very funny show, lots to laugh about.

anniebee Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Another blog (sorry I can’t remember which) covered the K trend and mentioned that the reason these names are just a little off (at least to my ear) is because K is not a very common letter in the English language and it’s usage was originally picked up by marketers because they knew ads using the letter ‘k’ would be eye-catching. That is something that would deter me from using a ‘k’ name. I prefer classic names and very, very few start with ‘k’. To switch a ‘c’ for a ‘k’ is even worse.

I had to laugh when a poster said she needed a middle for the name Khloe. At first, posters were trying to be helpful, but finally someone said, I know you didn’t ask but please spell it Chloe. After that, almost everyone (myself included) was rabid about not spelling it Khloe.

lemon Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I do have to agree with Allison above – Keeping Up With the Kardashians is hilarious. As is Braxton Family Values. Clearly I spend too much time watching reality TV…

Anyway, my friend Wikipedia and I just had a little chat, and it appears that both Kim and Kris have KN initials – Kimberly Noel and Kris Nathan, respectively. So, clearly, each of their future children should have K first names and N middle names, right?! Right.

And, since they can’t use Kris, Kristen, Kimberly, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall, or Kylie, there aren’t too many stellar K names left. (Not that I find those above ones to be stellar, mind you.)

I’ll vote Kaia or Kara for girls, maybe Kieran or Kane for boys? Then, maybe something like Natalie or Naomi or Noella for a girl’s middle name, Nolan or Nicholas or Nathaniel for a boy’s?

agirlinred Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Klementine? Kordelia? I would die.

katybug Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I think you’re absolutely right about Kamila, Karina, Karter, and Karson–those sound exactly like what Kim and Kris would pick.

Amanda Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Has anyone noticed that this “K” trend has extended to products as well? I think it relates to anniebee’s comments about K not being a very common letter in the English language and it’s usage being originally picked up by marketers because they knew ads using the letter ‘k’ would be eye-catching. Perhaps the newer products are trying to capitalize on the new wave of “K” love 🙂 (I kind of wish it would go away, but thats beside the point) Some examples off the top of my head: Amazon Kindle, Indigo Kobo, X-box Kinect, Kijiji, Kleenex….I’m sure there is many more!

lemon Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Amanda, you’re right. K’s are attention-grabbers. Not just Kardashian K’s. I cringe every time I see a “Kiddie Korner,” though, so I’m not sure it’s working…

Olivia Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I am ashamed to say that there where ACTUALLY two on there that I *quite* like. Kinley and Kimora where the only ones I could stand. I was a bit disappointed not to see the rising Kismet on there though. I love that one. Of the classics, I love Karen and Katherine… and Katniss and Katrina if they count.

But really… some of them are hidious. I nearly threw up reading Klementine. Urgh. It makes me sick.

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I did a somewhat similar Kardashian inspired post today, and discovered that KAREN is actually a male name in Armenia, where the family is from. In that light, Kieran could please Armenian relatives but still hold back from going all the way to Karen.

Leslie Owen Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Many so-called horrors are actually spelled with Ks in their original languages. For example, Klementine/Klementina and Karoline/Karolina are spelled that way in many Germanic/Norse and Slavic languages. So let’s make some distinctions between legitimate K names (for example, we spell Chloe in English — sorry I can’t figure out the umlaut on my laptop — with a CH. But in Greek it would be K. There is no C in Greek. Thus we get Kostas, Kiril, Kristos, Alekos, etc.)

What’s truly annoying is taking names that are C-originated and then making them Ks to make them unique when they just look ignorant, at least to my eyes. Kameron, Karson, Kortney, etc.

That having been said, some K names that I’ve always loved are Keir (after Keir Hardie, the socialist minister of the UK), Kenelm, Kai, Keziah, Keturah, Kinneret, Kari/Karoline, Karl, Kirsten, and Karen.

An interesting point is Caleb, which I spelled for my son the English way, with a C, even though in Hebrew the name is Kalev….Go figure.

babynamesrule Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Agreed, agirlinred and Leslie Owen. It just looks made up. Klassy.

koryn78 Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

As an owner of a “K” name, it’s probably not surprising that I’m sick of all the anti-K hype.

bb2duesoon Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Though neither of us have seen the show, we do see them plastered all over the tabloids at the grocery store. This prompted my husband to suggest they consider Knave for a boy! You use of Knameberry made me think of that.

As far as Kamila, I know someone who recently used it for a middle name. It has cultural signifcance to them as apparently it means “perfect and complete” in Arabic. It is pronounced “KAH-mi-la”.

tarynkay Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 7:38 am

I agree about the “K” names in their original languages, like Karolina and such, but wouldn’t Chloe then be Kloe, no “h”?, since we use the “Ch” to get the hard C sound in that name? Or possibly Kloey, depending on which language’s rules we are spelling by?

I did come across a “Klassic” at work the other day. That would be a good option for the Kardashians- and they could nickname her Klassy.

ycw Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 7:39 am

I really like Keziah, but I like Hezekiah more, and I think they’re too close for siblings.

Not loving K names for the most part; definitely not the made-up ones.

I used to have rats with K names–Kody, Keefe, Kay, Kelsey, Kyle, Korey, Kasey… I don’t remember them all, actually. Kody and Kelsey had 9 babies. Luckily, my taste in names has matured. My guinea pigs had M names (Mac, Marla, Murphy, Maverick, Maia, Murray, Misty, and Marian). My cats have been Hope, Esther, and Mordecai; my children are Hannah and Peter.

Keturah is not actually a sister to Keziah, unless you mean in the potential-sibset sense. Job’s daughters (out of the second set of kids; we don’t know the names of his first 3 daughters, to my knowledge) were Keziah, Keren-Happuch, and Jemima. Keren is pretty, I think, too. Another biblical name with potential is Kerith, a place name (the ravine where Elijah was fed by ravens).

Pamela Redmond Satran: Pssssst, Kim and Kris! Here Are Some Great K Names | Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

[…] Kardashian news of the week was that newly-engaged Kim and extremely tall fiance Kris Humphries are “reserving” names that start with the family’s favorite initial K for the yet-to-be conceived […]

JenniferMariska Says:

June 15th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

To the product posting above, I have to point out that Kobo is an anagram of “book” and is far more appealing than “obok” “oobk” “koob” or any of the other possible configurations!

reedster Says:

June 16th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

dont hate me but…I really like Karolina!

Kiara Says:

June 17th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I love the letter K, I don’t know why everyone hates it. I think my name, Kiara, is a pretty K name. I just don’t like it when people pronounce it kee-AIR-uh, it’s kee-AR-uh.

kisha Says:

June 21st, 2011 at 12:09 am

Love ‘K’ names. Daughter=Kirstan. Next daughter=Kruz or Karrington.

BeeJay Says:

June 28th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Altho many years ago, my aunt named her kids Keith, Kenny, Kim, Kelly, Krystal, Kristi Lee, Karen, and Kirk. I think it’s an interesting exercise but that’s about all.

bostonian girl Says:

June 29th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I have a K name myself…in fact, to my chagrin, the female subject of this blog post stole my name. I soooo agree with Lola and our blogger…I’ll never, ever watch “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”. I have no reason to keep up with them. Why, exactly, are they famous? Do they act? Sing? Dance? Write books or screenplays? Play sports? No, not a blasted thing that I’ve ever heard of. They’re just…there. But hey, hold it, their stepfather is athlete Bruce Jenner, whose fifteen minutes occurred 35 years ago. For today’s TV, I guess this flimsy premise is enough.

Anyway…I don’t like the anti-K backlash either. It’s one thing to protest replacing C with K in names that just look better spelled with a C. But it’s another to renounce every K name in existence, even those that are supposed to have K in them. So please, Mr. and Mrs.-to-be Humphries, if you must have a K name, you might as well live up to your reputations (for whatever it is you do) and use something kooky-sounding. That means keep away from Karina, Kylie and Kelsey if it’s a girl, and Kristian, Kane and Kier(an) for boys. The rest of them look quite contrived enough for use by trendy celebutards, don’t you think? (Sorry, I am now of the generation that finds everything currently popular to be puzzling at best and revolting at worst…)

Lucky*Clover Says:

July 31st, 2011 at 2:09 am

New K names are incredibly popular where I live. I’ve heard of three Kinley’s, one Kenley, one Kenzie and many Kylies and Kaylees. I have one of the “klassic” K names myself and have always loved it. I’m not sure why some people are so against spelling a name with a K instead of a C, I find it rather hilarious. Some people may think it makes the name more modern or some may just like it better that way and are not trying to be creative or anything. The new crop of K names aren’t that bad really, not that imaginative, but they could be worse.

Brighton *Bree* Says:

August 9th, 2011 at 1:41 am

Once a family lived next door to us named Keeley, Kadence, Kambry, Kaleigh, Kadi, Kenna, and a brother named Jacob. We thought it was so funny, we called them the Kardashians.

emilymaryjane Says:

December 31st, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Kim has half sisters named Kendall and Kylie so all Ken and Ky names are out!!

FreeRangeHuman Says:

April 5th, 2012 at 9:09 am

My girls are Kaia, Kieran, and Kuila (LIKE QUILLA). I wish I had gone with Kiera instead of Kieran now but I thought it was too matchy then.

HerMajesty Says:

December 20th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Most Greek c/k names e.g. Cassandra, Calypso, Catherine, origanilly started with K not C.

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