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Kai (girl)

What does Kai mean?

Kai Pronunciation of Kai [kai] as a girls' name (also used more generally as boys' name Kai) is pronounced kye. It is of Hawaiian origin, and the meaning of Kai is "the sea". See also Kay.

Associated with: sea.

Variations

Kai has 1 variant: Kaia.

4 more relations via Kay: Caye, Kaye, Kayla and Kaylin.

1 masculine form: Cai.

Creative forms:
(female) Kair, Kevi, ..

(male) Kanu, Karo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kai Kylie (K.K.), ..

How popular is Kai?

Kai is a somewhat popular first name for women (#3378 out of 4276, Top 79%) and an even more popular last name for all people (#24701 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Kai was first listed in 1993 and reached its highest position of #887 in the U.S. in 2011, and is at #895 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kai name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kai outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related girl names. Kaia (#446 in 2015), Kay, Kaye, Kayla (#115) and Kaylin (#619) are the popular variation forms of Kai (#895 in 2015). These forms of Kai were favored by parents in 1995 (average #1335) and are now significantly less common (#1012, 82% less usage), with versions such as Kayla becoming less in vogue. Kai and Kaia are two of the more fashionable girl names among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kai, Kaia, Kay, Kaye, Kayla, Kaylin in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kayla outside U.S.

Similar Names

Kai is pronounced similarly to Cai, Cay, Coe, Ka-, Kaeya, Kaya, Kia and Kiah. Other recommended names are Dai, Gai, Kaci, Kadi, Kait, Kali, Kami, Kani, Kari, Kas, Kasi, Kat, Kati and Mai. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kai.

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