Kai - boys name

Kai name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 98%

Kai name meaning:

The name Kai has various meanings across different cultures and languages. In Hawaiian, Kai means "sea," symbolizing a connection to the ocean and its vastness. It reflects qualities like strength, tranquility, and adaptability. In Japanese, Kai means "restoration" or "recovery," representing a rebirth or renewal of life. This interpretation encompasses resilience, healing, and overcoming challenges.

In Scandinavian cultures, Kai is derived from the Old Norse name Kári, which means "man" or "warrior." It embodies characteristics like bravery, courage, and determination. In Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, Kai means "food" or "meal," signifying nourishment and sustenance. It can also be seen as a symbol of hospitality and community.

Overall, the name Kai holds meaningful connotations related to nature, strength, rejuvenation, and cultural significance depending on the context and origin. Its diverse interpretations make it a versatile choice for parents seeking a name that embodies positive qualities and resonates with different aspects of life.

Origin: Hawaiian



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Overall UK ranking: 91 out of 4789

639 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (48)
  • England (93)

Historical popularity of Kai

The graph below shows the popularity of the boys's name Kai from all the UK baby name statistics available. It's a quick easy way to see the trend for Kai in 2024