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Unique Names Starting With K

KitHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Christopher
  • Description:

    Actor Kit Harington, aka the dreamy Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, has given this nickname-name new style and appeal for boys. Actress Jodie Foster used it for her son. For girls, it's an updated diminutive of Katherine.

KamakanaalohamaikalaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "beloved gift from the heavens"
  • Description:

    At 22 letters long, this name might be too much for a child to handle. Antonio Sabàto Jr. famously used it as the middle name for his son.

KikiHeart

  • Origin:

    French nickname and Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "double happiness"
  • Description:

    Kiki is one of the Coco-Gigi-Fifi-Lulu bohemian-type French nickname names from the turn of the last century, which have endless energy and sparkle. Artist Kiki Smith is its most well-known contemporary representative, and Kiki was the inspiring heroine of Zadie Smith's On Beauty. Kiki can be a nickname for any name beginning with the K sound, from Katherine to Christina to Kayla.

KeziahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "cassia tree"
  • Description:

    This lively Old Testament nature name (belonging to one of the three beautiful daughters of Job) may be missing from the current US Top 1000 list, but it ranks highly here on Nameberry — making it one to watch!

KitHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Katherine
  • Meaning:

    "pure"
  • Description:

    Kit is a crisp, old-time British-accented unisex nickname that sounds fresh and modern today. Kitty is another so-retro-it's-cool nickname.

KieraHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "little dark one"
  • Description:

    Kiera entered the American popularity list in 1988, though it lags behind the alternate spelling Keira, largely due to the fame of actress Keira Knightley.

KeirHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "dark, black"
  • Description:

    Keir is a single-syllable name that packs a lot of punch, might suggest -- thanks to its similarity to the word care -- a caring person. Sir Keir Rodney Starmer is a British politician and head of the Labour Party in 2020. Keir Dullea is an American actor who starred in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

KaiusHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Caius, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "rejoice"
  • Description:

    Kaius is a K-ization of the Latin Caius, the name of an ancient poet, introduced by style maven Rachel Zoe. Nickname Kai makes the variation make sense....almost.

KlausHeart

  • Origin:

    German variation of Claus, diminutive of Nicolas
  • Description:

    Two drawbacks: some unpleasant World War II associations, and the Santa clause.

KathleenHeart

  • Origin:

    Anglicized form of Irish Caitlin
  • Meaning:

    "pure"
  • Description:

    Kathleen is the early Irish import version that came between Katherine and Kaitlin, and which hasn't been used in so long it's almost beginning to sound fresh again. It was a surprise pick by one of the hip Dixie Chicks, Martie Maguire. Kathleen was a Top 10 name from 1948 to 1951, and it is the subject of several old sentimental songs, such as "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen."

KipHeart

  • Origin:

    American diminution of Christopher
  • Description:

    Kip Thorne, nobel laureate and long-time colleague of Stephen Hawking, is just one of several Kips who don't have a longer name.

KeiranHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Kieran
  • Meaning:

    "little dark one"
  • Description:

    While Kieran is the class and most-used male form of this name, some people spell it Keiran in keeping with the female Keira, the version popularized by the gorgeous Ms. Knightley.

KhaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic or Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "benevolence; sea"
  • Description:

    Khai first emerged in the US data in 1977, when it was given to 5 baby boys. Since then it's grown to the point where it is given to around 150 boys each year (and a few dozen girls), largely as a spelling variation of the rising Hawaiian name Kai.

KinseyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "king's victory"
  • Description:

    Kinsey enjoyed popularity blip thanks to similarity to Lindsay, and because of Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries heroine, Kinsey Millhone. Now, Kinsley has become more popular than Kinsey.

KonaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian or Norse
  • Meaning:

    "leeward or woman, wife"
  • Description:

    Kona is strongly associated with the Kona coffee of Hawaii. The Hawaiian word kona means "leeward" or "dry side of the island," and Kona districts are where Kona coffee is grown. It's a unisex name in Hawaii, with an appealing simple, strong sound.

KenanHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "possession"
  • Description:

    The biblical character Kenan was a great-grandson of Adam and a direct ancestor of Noah. As in Christianity, Kenan is honored in Islam.

KermitHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, variant of Diarmaid/Dermot
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Kermit was a Top 500 name until the 1960s, not coincidentally the decade in which Kermit the Frog became well known, proving that it isn't easy being green, even for a name. But we think it's time for some of those appealing Sesame Street names--Kermit, Elmo, Grover--to be taken out of that context and be considered on their own.

KurtHeart

  • Origin:

    German, diminutive of Kurtis
  • Meaning:

    "courteous, polite"
  • Description:

    A name that defines itself, a bit more curt in the harder K version.

KristenHeart

  • Origin:

    Danish and Norwegian variation of Christine
  • Meaning:

    "a Christian"
  • Description:

    Kristen may be somewhat past its fashion high point, but it remains forever crystalline clear. Possible problem: confusion with the similar Scandinavian names Kristin, Kirsten, Kirstie, et al.

KasperHeart

  • Origin:

    Polish variation of Casper, form of Jasper, Persian
  • Meaning:

    "bringer of treasure"
  • Description:

    Jasper and its many international variations, from Kasper to Casper to Gaspard, is finding new popularity.

KatarinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Slovak variation of Katherine
  • Meaning:

    "pure"
  • Description:

    The Russian version of Katherine is usually Ekaterina, but this Slovak form is used throughout Eastern Europe and may be more friendly to the American ear.

KiranHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "ray of light"
  • Description:

    Though it sounds like a modern invention, Kiran is a traditional Hindu name from India; chosen for her son by actress Kelli Williams. Author Kiran Desai is a woman and this name, which bears a resemblance to both the Irish (male) Kieran and the fifties favorite Karen, certainly works as well for a girl.

KatyaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian, diminutive of Ekatarina, Russian variation of Katherine
  • Meaning:

    "pure"
  • Description:

    One of the warm and earthy Russian nickname names now coming into style. Denzel Washington gave his daughter the Katia spelling.

KhazaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "treasure"
  • Description:

    Khaza got a big boost when rapper Kevin Gates chose it for his son.

KymaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Eastern African
  • Meaning:

    "adventurous traveler"
  • Description:

    One of the most popular African names for boys, Kymani has been in the US Top 1000 list since 2008. Spelled Ky-mani, it's the name of Bob Marley's son.

KatrinaHeart

  • Origin:

    German variation of Katherine
  • Meaning:

    "pure"
  • Description:

    The hurricane blew this one out of the realm of possibility.

KoiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese or Choctaw
  • Meaning:

    "carp; panther"
  • Description:

    The Koi is a variety of carp especially popular in ornamental gardens in Japan, where they are a symbol of good fortune. In Buddhist culture, the koi is associated with courage. Being one letter away from trendy Kai boosts its prospects as a cool unisex name.

KittyHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Katherine
  • Meaning:

    "pure"
  • Description:

    This endearing nickname name is one Katherine pet form that predates all the Kathys and Katies, having been fairly common in the eighteenth century. With the current mini-craze for animal-related names, Kitty is sounding cute and cuddly again—she's already jumped back onto the U.K. list, at number 199.

KhaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic or Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "benevolence; sea"
  • Description:

    Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik chose the stylish and meaningful name Khai for their daughter, born in September 2020. It honors Gigi's paternal grandmother Khairiah Daher Hadid, whose name is a variation of Khairiya, which is found in the Quran.

KanyeHeart

  • Origin:

    African place-name, Nigeria
  • Meaning:

    "honor, tribute"
  • Description:

    The popularity of the charismatic rapper-producer Kanye West has propelled his name into the Top 900. In addition to its African derivation, it is a Hawaiian name meaning 'free'.

KyokoHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "mirror"
  • Description:

    One of the most familiar and attractive Japanese names, though rarely heard outside that culture.

KaterinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Macedonian, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, and Greek form of Katherine
  • Description:

    Katerina and its near-identical twin Katarina have a pleasingly lilting European sound, though for some Americans they may be uncomfortably close to Katrina, which will be linked for a long time to the hurricane that devastated New Orleans.

KendallHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "valley of the river Kent"
  • Description:

    While Kendall originally started as a boys’ name, and remained more or equally popular for boys until the early 1990s in the US, it now feels almost synonymous with Kendall Jenner, of Kardashian fame.

KeziaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "cassia tree"
  • Description:

    This lively Old Testament nature name (belonging to one of the three beautiful daughters of Job) may be missing from the current US Top 1000 list, but it ranks highly here on Nameberry — making it one to watch!

KalinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Polish
  • Meaning:

    "viburnum"
  • Description:

    Kalina, known as a girls' name throughout Eastern Europe, translates literally to viburnum in Polish, making it a botanical name. Viburnum is a flowering shrub. Some sources translate this name as simply "flower." Variations may include Kaline, Kalena, and Kalene.

KenaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Native American place name
  • Meaning:

    "flat lands"
  • Description:

    The name of the protagonist of Disney’s Brother Bear also has a geographical connection: the Kenai Peninsula and Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska.

KanoHeart

  • Origin:

    African place-name or Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "the god of the waters"
  • Description:

    Pleasing crossover possibility.

KaoriHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "smell, fragrance"
  • Description:

    Kaori is a Japanese girls' name once largely unknown but brought into the spotlight by celebrity couple Eniko and Kevin Hart, who gave it to their daughter in 2020. Kaori is easily translated in the Western World; it's got a rhythmic sound and a familiar feel, maybe since it's similar to Maori, the name of the people and language of New Zealand. But the correct pronunciation is kow-ree.

KayHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Katherine
  • Description:

    Kay, a cigarette-smoking, nightclubbing name of the 1930's, could be ready for a comeback along with cousins May/Mae and Ray/Rae.

KenzaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "treasure"
  • Description:

    Kenza may feel perfectly in step with modern names like McKenzie and Kinsey and Kendra, but there was an 8th century Moroccan queen named Kenza so the name has deep roots. Kenza is that rare name that's equally attractive, simple, and unusual

KentHeart

  • Origin:

    English surname and place-name
  • Meaning:

    "edge"
  • Description:

    Kent is a no-nonsense, brief, brisk one-syllable name, almost as curt as Kurt.

KieranHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "little dark one"
  • Description:

    Kieran is a boys' name that could cross over, as an update of outmoded Karen or a variation on trendy Kiera (or Keira or Kyra). Keren Ann is an Israeli-born singer. The proportion of babies named Kieran who are girls is less than ten percent.

KirstenHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian variation of Christine
  • Description:

    Lovely, authentic name -- but any Kirsten will be condemned to a lifetime of hearing "Did you say Kristen?" They're both genuine Scandinavian names but too interchangeable.

KizzyHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Keziah
  • Meaning:

    "cassia tree"
  • Description:

    Kizzy was a character in Alex Haley's Roots; this and other Keziah variations were widely used for slaves. In Roots the name is explained by the hero Kunta as 'you sit down' or 'you stay put' in the Mandinka language meaning that 'this child would never get sold away'.

KerensaHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "love"
  • Description:

    Kerensa, forever romantic, is a rare Cornish name spelled with an 's' or 'z', the most modern of the Karen family. Kerensa (or Kerenza) has ties to the Welsh Cerys.

KeikoHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "happy child"
  • Description:

    Japanese classic with optimistic meaning.

KellyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "war"
  • Description:

    A predominantly male name in the US until the late 1950s, the name continued to rise for both sexes for both sexes for a further decade, before starting to decline for boys. Despite dropping out of the boys' Top 1000 in 2002, Kelly retains a rugged Irish charm.

KarlHeart

  • Origin:

    German and Scandinavian variation of Charles
  • Description:

    Manly almost to the point of macho.

KatnissHeart

  • Origin:

    Literary and botanical name
  • Description:

    Katniss Everdeen is the heroine of the popular Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, whose name comes from the (very real) edible aquatic plant of the genus Sagittaria. Katniss's father tells her that if she "finds herself," she'll never go hungry. Other unusual botanical names in the series include Primrose, Posy, Rue, and Clove, all for girls. Several of the boys' names come from ancient Rome: Cato, Seneca, Flavius, Caesar. Katniss the name has less appeal than Katniss the heroine, though it's definitely more attractive than Renesmee.

KismetHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Meaning:

    "fate"
  • Description:

    The next Destiny? Kismet seems like it might be fated for increased use.
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