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Unisex Names That Start With K

Unisex Names That Start With K

Unisex names that start with K include super-successful crossover kids Kelly, Kendall, and Kennedy, which began on the boys’ side before rising rapidly through the rankings for girls.

Kennedy is the most popular gender-neutral K name on either side of the roster. Along with Kennedy, other unisex names starting wtih K in the US Top 500 include Kinsley, Kai, Kayden, Kyle, Karson, Keegan, and Kendall.

Many K-starting unisex names got their kool K initial through invention or innovation: think Kylar and Kylin, Karter and Kamryn. But, other unisex K names have a long and legitimate history of gender-neutral use, like Nameberry favorite Kit — a traditional nickname for both Katherine and Christopher.

Our entire collection of unisex names that start with K is listed here. You also might be interested in our lists of Girl Names That Start With K, Boy Names That Start With K, or our full list of Baby Names That Start With K.

KoaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "warrior"
  • Description:

    With Noah taking the Number 1 spot in 2013, Koa is attracting more attention than ever.

KodaHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese, Sioux
  • Meaning:

    "friend"
  • Description:

    A word in the Yankton-Yanktonai and Santee dialects of the Lakota Sioux language, meaning "friend" or "ally", used for one of the main characters in the movie Brother Bear. Also a common Japanese surname or a respelling of the musical name Coda.

KillianHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "church"
  • Description:

    Killian – aka Cillian – is a spirited yet resonant Gaelic name that was borne by several Irish saints and could make a distinctive replacement for the dated Kelly. Possible downsides: an unsavory first syllable and a connection to the trendy brew.

KaiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "sea"
  • Description:

    This appealing multi-cultural name, pronounced KYE, is beginning to be used for girls as well as boys. Among its many derivations and meanings: "sea" in Hawaiian, "forgiveness" in Japanese, "willow tree" in Navajo, "food" in Maori, and "earth" in Scandinavian. For girls, it debuted on the US Top 1000 in 2010.

KennedyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "misshapen head"
  • Description:

    This attractive surname name still projects that Kennedy family charisma. While it didn't come into widespread use until long after the deaths of martyred heroes President John F. or Senator Robert Kennedy, Kennedy is now one of the most popular unisex names for girls as well as the top girls' name starting with K. This is one name that manages to sound trendy and classic at the same time.

KylerHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch
  • Meaning:

    "bowman, archer"
  • Description:

    A favorite among younger parents, this is one of the names that rose to the surface when Tyler and Kyle started to sink.

KendallHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "valley of the river Kent"
  • Description:

    Kendall, as used for a girl, was initially propelled by a soap opera character (Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kendall Hart in All My Children) and reality star and Kardashian sister Kendall Jenner.

KhariHeart

  • Origin:

    West African
  • Meaning:

    "kingly"
  • Description:

    Though used quite often for babies of both sexes, Khari, meaning "kingly," was traditionally a boys' name. Musical couple Fetty Wop and Masika Kalysha, however, named their daughter Khari.

KingsleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "king's meadow"
  • Description:

    Kingsley is a sophisticated Harry Potter name that entered the US Top 1000 in 2013.

KelseyHeart

  • Origin:

    English surname
  • Meaning:

    "Cenel's island"
  • Description:

    Yesterday's hottie, today's mom name. It derives from several English place names and may mean "Cenel's island", from the Old English name Cenel "fierce".

KellyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "war"
  • Description:

    Once the quintessential bouncy teenager name, Kelly helped launch the trend of unisex Irish names . But it now takes a backseat to more substantial surname names like Kennedy.

KeatonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "shed town"
  • Description:

    Keaton is an engaging surname with warmth, energy and a sense of humor, identified with silent comedian Buster Keaton and contemporary actors Michael and Diane Keaton. Although rare as a first name, a young Keaton would fit right in with classmates Keenan and Kellen.

KimberlyHeart

  • Origin:

    English surname
  • Meaning:

    "Cyneburga's meadow"
  • Description:

    Though Kimberly -- a South African diamond town name -- hasn't been stylish for decades, it was in the Top 5 throughout the sixties and seventies and long ranked among the top girls' names starting with K. Names with the -ly or -ley ending continue to be trendy, though, with Ashley falling while new choices such as Hadley and Kinsley are rising.

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.

KenzieHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Mackenzie
  • Description:

    Kenzie freshens up Mackenzie.

KalaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "the heavens"
  • Description:

    Kalani is a rhythmic name that can be used for either gender though feels more feminine in the contemporary culture. It only just entered the US Top 1000 for the first time in 2015.

KairoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of place-name Cairo
  • Description:

    Varying the spelling of an established name or word to substitute a k for a c has become more and more kommon, oops, common. Some parents feel that using a different spelling makes the name more of a name and less of a place or a word. Kairo may seem to lend itself particularly well to this practice given that the K spelling turns the first syllable into the stylish name Kai. But we prefer the more authentic Kai or Cairo.

KairiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "sea"
  • Description:

    Kairi is the name of the main female character in the popular role-playing video game series, Kingdom Hearts. Voiced by Hayden Panettiere in the main series, Kairi is one of the seven Princesses of the Heart. Kairi entered the US Top 1000 in 2010 and was given to over 400 baby girls in one recent year.

KobeHeart

  • Origin:

    Swahili
  • Meaning:

    "tortoise"
  • Description:

    Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, whose name was inspired by a Japanese steak house, brought this energetic and appealing name into -- and out of -- the mix. Bryant's tragic death in a helicopter crash in 2020 may only increase the popularity of his name, as fans and admirers name their children Kobe in honor of the star.

KennaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish, feminine form of Kenneth
  • Description:

    Kenna is the Scottish version of Kendra, both of which are feminine versions of Kenneth. Used in the TV show Reign for one of the supporting characters.

KarterHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Carter
  • Meaning:

    "transporter of goods by cart"
  • Description:

    Lovers of the name Carter and the Kardashians method of baby naming have popularized this choice, one of many boys' names starting with K that began life as boys' names starting with C.

KodyHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Cody
  • Description:

    Both Kody and Cody are in decline, although more people are choosing Cody than Kody. We agree with them—stick with the C!

KasenHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Cason
  • Description:

    Little used before the 2000s, both Cason and Kasen are now popular choices.

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.

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.

KassidyHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Cassidy
  • Description:

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

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.

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.

KamdynHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Camden
  • Description:

    Camden is just outside the Top 100, and given the popularity of creative spellings and K names, we're not surprised Kamdyn has been on the rise. It entered the US Top 1000 in 2012 and has risen to Number 810.

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.

KyreeHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Kyrie
  • Description:

    This male name uses the popular feminine suffix -ee, so if you're set on this name we'd suggest using Kyrie.

KeilyHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Kylie, Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "boomerang"
  • Description:

    A spelling variation of Kylie, an Aboriginal name first popularized by Australian singer Kylie Minogue. It’s now associated with Kylie Jenner, whom parents might be attempting to distance themselves from with this version of the name.