1064 Baby Names That Start With K (With Meanings and Popularity)

1064 Baby Names That Start With K (With Meanings and Popularity)

Baby names that start with K are typically modern names that appeal to trend-conscious parents. Blame it on the Kardashian effect — reality TV stars Khloe, Kylie, and Kendall have propelled their names to be among the most popular K names for girls.

Along with Kylie and Khloe, other girl names beginning with K in the US Top 200 include Kennedy, Kinsley, Kaylee, Katherine, and Kayla. The top K name for girls in the US is Kennedy, which owes much of its success to the famous political family.

For boys, the most common K name is Kai, recently overtaking the previous favorite Kayden from the Aiden name craze. Along with Kai and Kayden, other boy names starting with K in the US Top 200 include Kingston, Kevin, King, and Karter.

Many other names with the K initial have been inspired by notable figures — and not just the Kardashians. Kyrie and Kobe, two of the trendiest K names for boys, were introduced via basketball stars Kyrie Irving and the late Kobe Bryant. And Khaleesi is more common than you might imagine, thanks to the Game of Thrones series.

Here, our full selection of names that start with K, ordered by their current popularity on Nameberry.

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  1. Kai
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "sea"
  2. Kit
    • Origin:

      English, diminutive of Christopher
    • Meaning:

      "bearer of Christ"
  3. Kieran
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "little dark one"
  4. Kaia
    • Origin:

      Latin, Scandinavian, or Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "to rejoice or sea"
  5. Koa
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "warrior"
  6. Knox
    • Origin:

      Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "round hill"
  7. Keziah
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "cassia tree"
  8. Kamakanaalohamaikalani
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "beloved gift from the heavens"
  9. Kayla
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "laurel, crown"
  10. Kian
    • Origin:

      Irish; Persian
    • Meaning:

      "ancient; king"
  11. Kiara
    • 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"
  12. Keir
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "dark, black"
  13. Koda
    • Origin:

      Japanese, Sioux
    • Meaning:

      "friend"
  14. Killian
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "war strife or church"
  15. Kit
    • Origin:

      English, diminutive of Katherine
    • Meaning:

      "pure"
  16. Kenneth
    • Origin:

      Scottish and Irish
    • Meaning:

      "born of fire, handsome"
  17. Kylian
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Cillian or Killian, Irish
    • Meaning:

      "war strife or church"
  18. Katherine
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "pure"
  19. Kate
    • Origin:

      English, diminutive of Katherine
    • Meaning:

      "pure"
  20. Kane
    • Origin:

      Celtic
    • Meaning:

      "warrior"