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What does Kali mean?

Kali [kali] as a girls' name is pronounced KAH-lee. It is of Hindi and Sanskrit origin, and the meaning of Kali is "black". Mythology: Kali, wife of Shiva, is a Hindu goddess of destruction. See also Kallie.

Associated with: black, mythology, goddess, destruction.


Kali has 1 variant: Kalli.

Related girl name: Kala.

Kali has 5 more related forms via Kallie: Callie, Kahli, Kalle, Kallita and Kally.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Kasli, Koli, ..

(male) Kaall, Kaem, ..

How popular is Kali?

Kali is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#2180 out of 4276, Top 51%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#67113 out of 150436, Top 45%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Kali for girls. Kali entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its apex position of #262 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Popular variation forms of Kali (#262 from recent data) appearing in the Top 2000 are Callie (#186 from recent data), Kala, Kalli (#1778) and Kallie (#643). Other forms, like Kahli, are uncommon. These relations of Kali were favored by parents in 2014 (adoption of 0.2%), except for the form Kala which has become less stylish. Callie, Kali and Kallie are three of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kali, Callie, Kala, Kalli, Kallie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kali and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Kali is alike in pronunciation to Cahlie, Caley, Cali, Cayla, Kaala, Kaela, Kaelee, Kaelie, Kahla, Kahlei, Kahley, Kaleigh, Kalia, Kaylha, Kayli, Kaylla, Kealy, Keela, Keeli, Keelia, Kilea, Kylah, Kylee, Kyli and Kylie. Other recommended names are Adali, Ali, Bali, Carli, Hali, Halli, Ili, Kaci, Kacy, Kadi, Kadie, Kahle, Kai, Kaia, Kalin, Kalisa, Kama, Kami, Kani, Kari, Karie, Karli, Karlie, Karly, Kary, Kas, Kasi, Kassi, Kate, Kati, Kay, Kayci, Kayle, Kaylin, Kaysi, Kelsi, Klio, Kori, Kyall, Kyle, Kylin, Lali, Mali, Orali, Orli, Pali, Poli, Salli, Tali and Valli. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kali.