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K Versions of C Names for Girls

K Versions of C Names for Girls
Blame it on the Kardashians — K versions of girl names starting with C are here to stay, at least for the time being. Khloe Kardashian’s given name, the most distinctive of the sisters’, entered the US popularity charts the year before Keeping Up with the Kardashians premiered. Over a decade later, it remains a popular choice.

Along with Khloe, other K versions of C names for girls in the US Top 1000 include Kamila, Kali, Kiara, Kamryn, Kora, Kaydence, Karsyn, and Kassidy. Names that traditionally start with C but are also attractive in the K variation include Kallista, Karla, Katalina, and Kassia.

Many K variations of girl names that begin with C offer a classic sound with a contemporary look. You may choose a K version of a C name as a compromise between tradition and modernity. After all, Claire and Klaire have the same sound, but given the two, which one do you think has more edge?

If you’re interested in a C name spelled with a K for your daughter, explore our extensive list of options below.
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KiaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of the Italian Chiara or the Irish Ciara or Aboriginal Australian, Korean
  • Meaning:

    "light, clear; little dark one; cockatoo; first ray of sun"
  • Description:

    Kiara can be considered a variation of both the Italian name Chiara and the Irish name Ciara. Chiara is the Italian form of Clara, meaning "bright" or "clear," while Ciara is the feminine form of male given name Ciar, derived from the old Irish cíar, meaning "dark." Kiara is also an Australian name derived from an Aboriginal word for the white cockatoo, and has roots as a Korean name meaning "first ray of sun".

KaliHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "black one"
  • Description:

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

KokoHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese, Native American
  • Meaning:

    "stork; night"
  • Description:

    A funkier version of Coco that may be more appealing if you have Japanese or Native American heritage. Koko comes from the Blackfoot tribe, native to what is now Montana and Alberta, Canada.

KhloeHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Chloe
  • Meaning:

    "young green shoot"
  • Description:

    Khloe's a variation of the popular Chloe, thanks to reality star Karshadian of the K-named family. Khloe jumped a whopping 101 places into 2009's Top 100 and peaked at 42 in 2010 but has declined in popularity in recent years.

KassiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Cassia
  • Description:

    Kassia is the k-styled spelling variation of rising star name Cassia, an obscure but attractive botanical choice drawn from the cassia tree, which produces a cinnamon-like spice. The biblical Keziah is related.
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KleoHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Cleo, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "glory"
  • Description:

    Khloe : Chloe :: Kleo : Cleo

KamrynHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Cameron
  • Meaning:

    "crooked nose"
  • Description:

    As a Top 500 name for girls for more than 20 years now, Kamryn has become a widely-accepted version of the original Cameron.

KassandraHeart

  • Origin:

    Original spelling of Cassandra
  • Description:

    Kassandra is actually the original form of Cassandra (Greek names do not have Cs), though most will see it as a Kardashianization, which is a shame! As you might expect, the C currently charts higher. Still, Kassandra can lead to all sorts of cute nicknames, such as Kassie, Kass, and Sandy.

KarlaHeart

  • Origin:

    German variation of Carla
  • Description:

    Both Karla and Carla are sliding down the ranks, though Karla remains far more popular in the USA than Carla.
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KamilaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "young ceremonial attendant; perfect"
  • Description:

    Variant spelling of Camila, common in Eastern Europe. Kamila and Kamilah are also feminine forms of the Arabic name Kamil, meaning "perfect".

KrystalHeart

  • Description:

    An even less classy version of the more popular Crystal.

KariHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Karen, Carol, or Katherine
  • Description:

    Kari and all her many sisters, from Carrie to Carey to Kerry and onward, originated for the most part as short forms of either CatherineKatherine or one of the Charles feminizations such as Carol or Caroline.

KassidyHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Cassidy
  • Description:

    Like Cassidy, Kassidy peaked near the turn of the millennium and has lost ground in recent years.
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KoriHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Corey or African
  • Meaning:

    "lamb"
  • Description:

    This variation of Corey has a Kardashian-style spelling update -- which might be why it's experiencing a boost in popularity of late. Kori is also a Kikuyu name meaning lamb, one of the many names from that African culture with animal meanings.

KristinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian variation of Christina
  • Meaning:

    "annointed, a Christian"
  • Description:

    This streamlined form of a pretty and feminine classic may not be as popular as it once was, but it's never out of style. A royal name best used now in its full glory rather than as nicknames Kris or Kristy.

KadenceHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Cadence, word name
  • Description:

    K-beginnings are often substituted for Cs, and this spelling is definitely finding favor with many parents, among them skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. However, sometimes the original is the best - we suggest sticking to the still unusual Cadence.

KallieHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Callie
  • Description:

    Kallie is usually used as a nickname for more exotic names like Calliope/Kalliope and Calendula. We also think this is a fresher alternative to Kelly.

KaceyHeart

  • Description:

    Variation of CASEY or combination of initials K. and C. From the time when initial names seemed really neat. K. C.
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KamillaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian variation of Camilla
  • Description:

    Kamilla is the usual spelling of Camilla throughout Scandinavia and in Finland, Iceland, and Greenland. Kamma is an appealing short form.

KallistaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "most beautiful"
  • Description:

    Actress Flockhart popularized the C version, but this works, too.

KristineHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian variation of Christine
  • Description:

    Christine was one of the first megapopular C-to-K baby names, from Scandinavian variations such as Kristine and Kirsten to Kris, Kristy, and Kristy. While Kristine retains its krisply lovely sound, it's lost much of its kool.

KarissaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Carissa
  • Description:

    Both Karissa and Carissa are trending downward, along with the other issa names that first rose to popularity in the 1970s. Karissa fell out of the Top 1000 in 2014, two years after Carissa.

KourtneyHeart

  • Description:

    This spelling variation of Courtney has been popularized by celebrity Kourtney Kardashian.
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KaitlinHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Caitlin
  • Description:

    Kaitlin is a variation of Caitlin that's on a steep decline; it dropped out of the Top 1000 in 2013, after more than three decades on the list.

KatalinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, Greek, Hungarian
  • Meaning:

    "pure"
  • Description:

    Spelling variant of Catalina, currently on the rise in the US.

KarleeHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Carly
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    This nouveau spelling peaked at Number 583 in 2004. In spite of its trend-making K and "ee" ending, Karlee is much less popular than the original Carly.

KaydenceHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Cadence, word name
  • Description:

    We'd prefer to stick with the more-familiar Cadence and avoid the overly trendy Kay- prefix.
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KarterHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Carter
  • Description:

    The K-spelling of Carter has been in the boys' Top 1000 since 2005. In 2014, Karter cracked the girls' Top 1000, too.

KreeHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Cree, Native American
  • Description:

    The Cree are a Native American tribe local to Canada. Their name has seen a modest amount of use for both boys and girls in recent years, as has spelling variant Kree.

KarsynHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Carson
  • Description:

    Y is often used to feminize a variant spelling of a name, though of course there's nothing intrinsically gendered about it. The Karsyn spelling is slightly off its peak for girls, but rising for boys.
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KoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Cora
  • Description:

    This trendy spelling jumped 216 spots between 2012 and 2013, making it one of the fastest-rising names of the year. We predict it will continue to gain momentum, riding the popularity of more traditional Cora.

KapriHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Capri, Italian place name
  • Description:

    Lovely Italian island name, Kardashian style.
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KodyHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Cody
  • Description:

    The K spelling somehow makes this name more feminine, if not more appealing.

KoralineHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Coraline, English
  • Meaning:

    "coral"
  • Description:

    Coraline received a major popularity boost from the Neil Gaiman book and Henry Selick movie by the same name. As with many C names, this influenced the development of a K variant.
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