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What does Kai mean?

Kai Pronunciation of Kai [kai] as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Kai) is pronounced kye. It is of Welsh, Scandinavian and Greek origin, and the meaning of Kai is "keeper of the keys; earth". Variant of Kay. Also possibly (South African) "beautiful". Kai is also a Hawaiian name meaning "the sea".

Associated with: scandinavian, greek, keeper (defender), earth, beautiful (handsome), sea.

Variations

Kai has 3 variants: Kaj, Keh and Kye.

Related boy name: Cai.

Creative forms:
(male) Kaidy, Kaji, ..

(female) Kaika, Kair, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kai Eliyahu (K.E.), ..

How popular is Kai?

Kai is a rare first name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#24701 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Shown below is the baby name history of Kai for boys. Kai was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its peak rank of #145 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top 2000 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 forms and related boy names. Kye (#978 the previous year), Cai (#1819) and Kay are the popular alternative forms of Kai (#145 the previous year). These relations of Kai were favored as birth names today (adoption of 0.16%), except for the form Kay which has fallen out of fashion. Kai and Kye are two of the more fashionable birth names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kai, Cai, Kay, Kye in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Kai is alike in pronunciation to Caeo, Caio, Caw, Cayo, Coe, Coy, Kauai, Kawai, Kaye, Key, Keye and Koa. Other recommended names are Dai, Hai, Jai, Kail, Kain, Kam, Kari, Kasi, Kaz and Rai. These names tend to be more commonly used than Kai.

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